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There are plenty of hints on this site that use the defaults command to change preferences or settings that are unavailable via the GUI. These are fine to use for isolated changes, but there are some applications where you might want to change a number of settings.

iTunes is one of these. Over the years, Apple has removed a number of options from iTunes; at least from its menus and preferences. Many of these options remain, but are hidden.

Doug Adams' free Change Hidden iTunes Preferences is an applet that lets you change a number of settings. I use it to make sure that when I rip CDs, track numbers are added to the file names; to hide Ping buttons; and to hide the arrow buttons that display next to tracks. Other options it offers are the ability to turn on half-stars for ratings (useful for smart playlists), showing the "Libary" playlist at the top level of the iTunes source list, and to create playlists for new purchases such as albums.

This is a simple GUI tool that allows you to check some buttons and click Apply. So if you want to make changes to some of these hidden settings, check out this applet.
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Authored by: JimAkin on May 23, '12 10:20:29AM

Thanks for this. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to restore one function I really miss: the ability to option-click the "plus" button next to a Smart Playlist Boolean filter term to create a copy of that term (which can then be modified slightly without having to manually reconstitute its attributes from a raw "Artist is..." term).

That (undocumented?) ability went away with the addition of nested Booleans (iTunes 10.0, I think). I love nested Booleans, but I do miss the filter-copying shortcut. If anyone knows how to restore it, I hope they'll share.

Cheers,

Jim

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Authored by: david-bo on May 24, '12 01:22:23AM

How do you use half stars for smart playlists? Just curious. Always looking for ways to improve my playlist!

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Authored by: kfoag on May 29, '12 07:53:31PM

Just click and hold on a star and drag left or right. The "halves" will appear as you go.



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Authored by: david-bo on May 30, '12 01:40:39AM

I know how to make half stars, that was not what I asked. Read again.

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Authored by: squawbrah on Jun 13, '12 10:03:26AM

Set the smart playlist criteria to rating is greater than zero stars and rating is less than 1 star to show tracks rated at a half star.

Tested on iTunes 10.6.3



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Authored by: david-bo on Jun 14, '12 05:09:30AM

In other words exactly as you use regular stars, just with higher resolution.

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