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Use 'Now Playing' to create graphical iTunes web tags
Authored by: KRC on Feb 26, '04 06:25:19PM

I'm glad some of you guys like the program. I just wanted to add that the reason why I wanted to share this is because for every message board I go to that supports image signatures, I see stuff like "Now Playing in Winamp" aside with all that technical stuff found in their sig, like their processor, operating system, memory load, system uptime, etc ... I could care less what other people's computers look like or what components are OC-ed but I'm always interested in what people listened to. I wanted to broadcast my song info, too, but, like a majority of us MacOSXHints readers, I was on a Mac so I had to find different programs to achieve the same effect, which was to create a dynamic image sig for use on message boards.

I chose this over some others because 1. it was simple, and 2. I didn't have to learn PHP (although, I should some day) or some weird scripting language for converting text into an image. That, and I was a bit bothered to know that Listen-To doesn't support Unicode song titles (in some cases, it would bring up an error in their AppleScript plugin and either upload the song title multiple times or just won't upload at all), although, I was told that 'version 2' of the website might support it, but I had to pay a yearly fee if I wanted to use a personalized graphic, which I might do when I redesign my website ... I don't remember the cost but I'm a poor college student and anything that costs more money freaks me out so I try to find the free or cheapest alternative to certain things.

I'm sure there might be better alternatives out there, but last I checked, it would upload the song information as plain text which then had to be worked into an image using a Perl or PHP script on the server. Some even upload album art, but I'm not really interested in that part. I know my server supports PHP and Perl technologies but if you have free webspace from some company like Geocities or Tripod or something, then chances are that Perl and/or PHP may not be supported so this is might come in handy if you want a dynamic image containing a song title.

Hope that makes some kind of sense.



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