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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes Apps
iTunes has long supported half-star ratings, but I recently discovered (I thought) that iTunes 8 added support for setting these half-star values directly within the iTunes interface. After submitting a hint, robg told me that he couldn't replicate the trick, nor could any of the others he asked to also test it out. So I went back to my machine to figure out why it works for me.

After some poking around, I figured out that I'd read about a hidden iTunes preference that enables half-star ratings. After reading about it, I must have tested it, because it was enabled in my version of iTunes (confirmed via a defaults read... check in Terminal). Here's how to enable it on your copy of iTunes. First, quit iTunes, then enter this command in Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars -bool TRUE
Relaunch iTunes, and you'll find you can now click between the stars (in the Ratings column) to get half-ratings. If you prefer to drag, you can do that, too, and you'll see the half-star values as you drag across the stars. Very cool; no more resorting to AppleScript tricks to get my half-stars!

[robg adds: This also works in the Rating box on the Options tab of a song's Get Info window. ]
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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes
Authored by: geoffliang on Dec 23, '08 08:24:21AM

Nice! Doesn't sync into my iPhone though.



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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes
Authored by: mpanighetti on Dec 23, '08 09:16:38AM

Actually, it does retain its rating when synced, it just doesn't display half-stars on other devices. I've been using Doug Adams' scripts to assign half-star ratings for awhile now, but I may have to switch to this nice GUI-friendly method.

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Thanks a million. Push Start to replay.



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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes
Authored by: elfinabout on Dec 23, '08 11:23:48AM

Nice hint - thanks! :o)



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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes
Authored by: zebrum on Dec 23, '08 06:52:22PM

I accidentally rated a whole album which gives you white stars on every track. I found out the only way to remove them is to go back to the album view and click one space left of the stars. It is like the space on the left is a blank star representing none.



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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Dec 23, '08 11:57:54PM

http://secrets.blacktree.com/



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Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Jan 03, '09 12:07:35PM

Now if only this worked on devices too. I wouldn't have to sacrifice any of my star ratings for things like "remove me" or "review". *sigh*



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