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Create a list of movies to rent from the iTunes Store Apps
The new iTunes Store movie rental program looks like it'll be a winner -- combined with the revised Apple TV, I can see my wife and I watching many more movies (though the 24-hour limit poses some problems for us). In my first visit to the new rental store, though, it became obvious it's still a work in progress. For instance, there's no way that I can see to view all the available rentals. Instead, you have to look through all the movies, and find those that are available for rent.

Another issue, and the subject of this hint, is that you can't just drag a movie's entry to a playlist -- as you can with a song -- to create a list of "Want to Rent" movies. Hopefully a "wish list" feature is coming soon to the store, but until it does, here's a workaround. Just go to the screen of the movie you'd like to rent, then drag the movie's title from the header...
...into a "To Rent" folder in the Finder. The folder can be in your sidebar or toolbar, but not in your Dock (at least, I couldn't make it work when dragging into a folder in the Dock). If you want to get really fancy, you can then use Shift-Command-Control-4 to drag a region of the movie's information panel in the Store, and paste it onto the stored file as a custom icon (in the Get Info window). If you did, the end result would look something like this.

What you've created is a folder full of webloc files (double-clickable URLs, basically). When clicked, your browser will open and then forward you to that movie in the iTunes Store. It's not an ideal solution, but until we have a Wish List capability, it's a decent workaround.
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Create a list of movies to rent from the iTunes Store
Authored by: karlfranz on Jan 16, '08 08:38:49AM

First of all, there *is* an easy way to list all movies available for rental:

- Go to the Power Search feature of the iTunes store.
- Select movies from the first category dropdown list.
- Click the checkbox "Search movies that are available for Rental".
- Leave all other search fields blank.
- Click the Search button.
You will get a list of all movies that can be rented.

Now, for your list of movies to rent, just:

- Create a playlist within iTunes called Rental Wishlist or whatever.
- Select the movie you are interested in renting from the list view in the Search results above and drag it into the playlist.
- When you want to rent something, go to your wishlist playlist, select the item and click on the arrow next to its name. It will take you to the page on the iTune Store for that movie.

It's that easy.



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Create a list of movies to rent from the iTunes Store
Authored by: robg on Jan 16, '08 08:42:16AM

Thanks -- though I wouldn't really consider hiding the rental list in the Power Search page as 'easy' :)

-rob.



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Create a list of movies to rent from the iTunes Store
Authored by: googoo on Jan 16, '08 10:12:26AM

Thanks. This should be a full-fledged hint!

-Mark



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Create a list of movies to rent from the iTunes Store
Authored by: shig on Jan 16, '08 03:45:01PM

You can browse (click the browse button at the lower right-hand of the iTunes window while in the iTunes Store) to sort and make your wish list.

Under the Price column, ...
View Movie - has both rental and buy
Buy Movie - has only for buying
Rent Movie - has only for rental

You can sort by clicking on the Price column header (click again to reverse the sort).

From this browse window, you can drag the movie for your wish list into whatever folder you want/created in your iTunes playlists.



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Some movies can be put in playlists, and some can't
Authored by: chrisjniles on Jan 16, '08 11:05:26PM

While I appreciate the above comments, especially the one about seeing all of the movies for rent, I would like to point out that movies that can be bought or rented can be dragged to a playlist, while movies that are only for rent (there were 6 when I counted) cannot be dragged to a playlist.



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Create a list of movies to rent from the iTunes Store
Authored by: shig on Jan 17, '08 10:02:56AM

You're right. Those that have the 'Rent Movie' button can't seem to be copied to a playlist.

I noticed, though, that yesterday, the movie "300" had the 'Rent Movie' button and I couldn't copy it. But today, the button is now 'View Movie' and I was able to copy it over to my wish list playlist.

However, when I go to the movie's main page, it's only for rent. I noticed that for at least one other movie where it had a 'View Movie' button, but was only for rent (not both rent and buy).



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