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So you're listening to iTunes, and come across a song from an album you enjoy. The song gets you thinking that you'd like to listen to the whole album. So what do you do? Well, thanks to MacScripter.Net user StefanK, you can use an AppleScript to automatically create and take you to a playlist containing the entire album, sorted by track number.

[robg adds: There are a few scripts in the thread. I tested the last script in the thread (by Nigel Garvey), and it worked fine on my library. Copy and paste the script into Script Editor, then save it into your user's Library -> iTunes -> Scripts folder. It will then be available from the Scripts menu within iTunes. Hear a song you like, run the script, and you'll be listening to the album. Neat!]
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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: fresler on Nov 15, '06 08:26:00AM

Very cool! Works great! Thanks for the great tip!



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 15, '06 08:26:35AM

Yeah ... hmm ... the handle of the guy who asked the initial question in that thread looks a little familiar ... ;-)



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: ornette14 on Nov 15, '06 09:19:57AM

Great! Thanks.



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: JazzDude on Nov 15, '06 09:49:19AM

I can't believe no one knows about the ability of the small grey arrow next to the album name (or track name or artist name). Clicking on that arrow brings you to the corresponding iTMS page. Clicking on the arrow with the 'alt' key depressed brings you to the corresponding selection of your own library. So you hear "The needle and the damage done" from Neil Young's "Harvest", you locate the song in the list (might have to hit cmd-L before) and alt-click on the little grey arrow next to "Harvest" - boom, your track list has narrowed down to just "Harvest".


But maybe I'm missing something here...



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: chrononaut on Nov 15, '06 01:35:29PM

damn! i've never seen that before. easier and fast than the script.



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: garneaum on Nov 16, '06 08:13:02AM

I think a lot of people won't have realized that the alt-grey arrow click could accomplish this. I know I didn't realize it. That was very helpful of you to share that information.

How did you learn about that feature? It's not something that is readily obvious.



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: jdv on Nov 16, '06 08:54:19AM
They were mentioned on this site a long time ago: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040429122915489

I've been using the "permanent fix" ever since and have become a very heavy user of the arrows...

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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 18, '06 04:54:22PM

Yes. That's quite a couple steps, however. It's fairly easy to run a script in one step -- assign it to a keystroke if you have a macro program, or put it in the system-wide script menu or iTunes script menu if you prefer a quick pulldown.



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Play an album based on the current iTunes track
Authored by: lstewart on Nov 15, '06 01:40:56PM

This is just about my #1 gripe with the iPod's "shuffle all songs" feature. I'm listening to my iPod, it plays a random song, I decide I want to listen to that whole album... but I'm driving and can't stop what I'm doing long enough to navigate my 40GB music collection and find the album.

I know, an iPod gripe hardly belongs on MOXH. But just the same... I wish Apple would provide a way to jump from the currently-playing song to its artist/album/genre/composer/etc. listing.



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