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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes Apps
Here are two problems that have frustrated me with iTunes for the longest time:
  1. My iTunes library contains a few entries that are not really music (e.g., comedy or spoken word), and I don't like them cluttering up my "Music" library.
  2. I have a few streaming radio stations that I listen to often and are listed in my Music library as well. Unfortunately, each radio station has its own special genre (e.g. "Eclectic, Alternative, NPR, Public, News") that doesn't correspond with my own classification scheme. True, you can change the meta-information of a stream, but it reverts back the next time you play it. I've seen this problem described in numerous Mac forums, but without a satisfactory resolution.
My solution (and it's a bit of a hack) is to select these items (streams, comedy, etc.) in iTunes and classify them as Audiobooks (by selecting the items, choosing File » Get Info, selecting the Options tab, and changing Media Kind to Audiobook).

Now, when I browse my Music library, it is no longer cluttered with non-music or genres that only apply to a single radio stream. And when I want comedy or radio, I just open up my Audiobooks library. This works nicely for me because I don't have any audiobooks. Presumably, you can also use the other Media Kinds (Podcasts, iTunesU, or Voice Memo) instead, depending on which of those you don't use.
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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes
Authored by: thenightfly42 on Feb 04, '10 08:42:37AM

I love you for posting this answer. The radio station genres thing has bothered me for a long time.

One addition: I put all of my radio stations into a playlist (called Radio, go figure). The radio stations remain on that playlist after implementing your fix. Awesome!



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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes
Authored by: DougAdams on Feb 04, '10 08:54:34AM
I use this AppleScript to quickly clear the library of dead streams:
tell application "iTunes"
	set theLibrary to a reference to library playlist 1
	set fixed indexing to true
	repeat with i from (count of tracks in theLibrary) to 1 by -1
		set k to (get kind of track i of theLibrary) as string
		if (k contains "URL") or (k contains "audio stream") then delete track i of theLibrary
	end repeat
end tell
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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
dougscripts.com


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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes
Authored by: hypert on Feb 04, '10 09:31:33AM

Doug, won't that clear ALL streams from the library?



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Yes
Authored by: DougAdams on Feb 04, '10 10:00:08AM

Yes. I probably should have emphasized that. I keep URLs to my favorite streams in DragThing, so I don't lose them. Or I'll just go back to Radio and grab them, or use Open Audio Stream, copy and paste, and so on.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
dougscripts.com



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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes
Authored by: mfichtner on Feb 04, '10 09:57:18AM

So simple, yet so useful. Thanks a lot for this hint!



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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes
Authored by: stol909 on Feb 04, '10 11:16:02AM
Nice hint!

Personally, I have created a smart playlist with only one rule: time is greater than 500 minutes (if that is long enough for you, of course). It is automatically filled with all streams which have time: Continuous.

For further organization of my Music collection, I created a Playlist Folder called, for example, 'Archive'. In there I put playlists of things I don't want to listen to regularly, like acapellas, demos, spoken word, reference tracks etc. Then I created another smart playlist, let's call it 'Music' which again has only one rule: Playlist is not 'Archive' (you can also add Playlist is not 'Radio' here). From now on I use the 'Music' smart playlist as the source for many things, like feeding the iTunes DJ, autofilling my iPod and creating all the other smart playlists. And 'banning' some track from casual listening only takes some drag'n'drop to some playlist in the 'Archive' folder.

Well, that's just my way of doing things - hope it helps! Any suggestions are welcome.
Edited on Feb 04, '10 11:17:07AM by stol909


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Separate radio streams and spoken MP3s from music in iTunes
Authored by: magir on Feb 06, '10 12:59:24AM

It should be possible to add radio stations directly to a Playlist. In that case they won't appear in the main Library and you don't have to change the type of the station to "Audiobook".

I think I posted a hint to that here but wasn't able to find it.



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