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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts Apps
After upgrading to iTunes 11, I found it was impossible to change added files from music to podcasts.

A couple of podcasts I listen to that have subscriptions, but only one of them automatically downloads to iTunes. The other one requires me to go to the website, log in, and manually download the file.

What I then used to do was add it to iTunes by double-clicking it, then I'd stop the playback and get info on the track. I would add the show's info (which was missing), and then set it to remember playback position, skip when shuffling, and set its Media Type to Podcast. Since the Artist and Album matched the other files for that podcast, it would end up in that folder, and behave like any other podcast.

With iTunes 11, I can no longer change the file's type to Podcast. It always reverts to music. I can make it an audiobook, or any other type of media, but not a podcast.

This was annoying to say the least. So I went looking for a way to do this, and found a small free app called Typecast from Red Sweater Software.

With Typecast, you drop the mp3 file onto the app's window, enter the name of the podcast, and it sets the Media Type to podcast, and adds it to iTunes. It makes a new podcast for each file you add, even though they are the same podcast, but it shows up under the main list on my iPod, and that's what I wanted.

I don't know if this is an iTunes bug, but this is a workaround.

[kirkmc adds: Yes, it's a bug, and I assume that it will be fixed in the next update, but in the meantime, I think a lot of people will benefit from this hint.]
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iTunes 11: Add tracks from shared library to Up Next Apps
If you use Home Sharing and have multiple libraries on your network, you can add tracks from a shared library to Up Next. Just mount a shared library, then drag a track from that library to the Up Next list or icon. You can add single or multiple tracks, and re-order them in the Up Next queue, as long as the library remains available.
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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcut to add songs to Up Next queue Apps
We posted two ways to quickly add songs to the Up Next queue in iTunes 11, but there's also a keyboard shortcut you can use. Select one or more songs, then press Option-Return. This adds the songs to be played next.
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iTunes 11: Downgrade to iTunes 10.7 Apps
iTunes 11 has been very controversial, and many people are disappointed with its limited viewing options, and are looking for ways to downgrade to iTunes 10.7, the previous version. This is possible, yet it is a bit complex. This thread on StackExchange shows what you need to do to be able to downgrade, though it assumes you have a Time Machine backup or other recent clone of OS X, because it requires restoring certain frameworks in addition to the iTunes application itself.

If you do this, make sure you back up your entire system, and make sure to read the entire thread to see certain problems that may occur.
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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11 Apps
After upgrading to iTunes 11, a lot of my artwork has vanished. This is the case for all my movies and TV shows, and several dozen albums. The artwork is still in the files, but iTunes won't display it. I've heard from a number of other people this has happened to as well.

I found that it is possible to make it visible again by selecting an item (say a movie), pressing Command-I, clicking on the Artwork tab, then selecting the artwork, cutting it and pasting it back. After pressing OK, the artwork displayed again. (Though for some files, I needed to quit and relaunch iTunes to see the artwork.) In some cases, for movies, simply displaying the Artwork tab of the Info window was enough to get iTunes to display the art.

With albums, it was a bit more difficult. I needed to select a single item to copy the artwork, then select an entire album to paste it. But this seems to work for all my files.

I wish there were a way to automate this. Doug, any thoughts?
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iTunes 11: Keyboard shortcuts for switching between different types of content in iTunes library Apps
In the latest version of iTunes (version 11), you can use Command + 1 through Command + 7 to switch the view between different sections of your iTunes library.
  • Cmd + 1 = Music
  • Cmd + 2 = Movies
  • Cmd + 3 = TV Shows
  • Cmd + 4 = Podcasts
  • Cmd + 5 = iTunes U
  • Cmd + 6 = Books
  • Cmd + 7 = Apps
These shortcuts will only work if the corresponding sections of your iTunes library are enabled in the General pane of your iTunes preferences.
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iTunes 11: Use the MiniPlayer with iTunes in full-screen mode Apps
While it's not obvious, you can use the MiniPlayer with full screen mode in iTunes 11.

Switch out of full screen mode, set iTunes to show on all desktops via the Dock, open the MiniPlayer as a separate window (Window > MiniPlayer), then click the full screen button on the main window.

I currently have the MiniPlayer sitting in the upper-right corner of my 17" MBP's screen so that I can quickly access it while working on my 27" LED Cinema Display with iTunes running fullscreen in the background.

[kirkmc adds: This works as described. However, if you have the MiniPlayer set to float above other windows (in the iTunes Advanced preferences), then it won't display when you switch to iTunes. This makes sense, of course, because you don't need it when there.

Also, this is the only way to get the MiniPlayer to work across spaces, if you use them. If iTunes is not in full-screen mode, then the MiniPlayer only displays in iTunes' space.]
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iTunes 11: Two ways to quickly add songs to Up Next Apps
Up Next, the feature in iTunes 11 that (sort of) replaces iTunes DJ, where you could queue up songs for a listening party, or just for your work day, offers many ways to add music. But if you want to add songs quickly to Up Next, here are two ways you can do so.

First, just drag an item from the iTunes library onto the iTunes LCD, the display at the top of the window that shows what's playing. This can be a single song, an album, or a playlist. The iTunes LCD will show a blue border when you bring the item over it, and the Up Next icon will flash with art of the item you have added.

The second way is to press the Option key and hover your cursor over an item. The track number next to its name will change to a + icon. Click that icon to add it to Up Next. (Thanks to David Chartier for this one.)
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Quickly enter a time when creating Calendar events Apps
In month view in Calendar, if you double-click, you can enter a name for an event. By default, however, Calendar makes this an all-day event. You have to double-click the new event, then set the time. If you end the name of the event with a time, such as "6 pm," it then enters that as the start time. For example, double-clicking on November 30th, then quickly typing "Dinner with Paul 6pm" enters the event at 6pm on the 30th.

[kirkmc adds: Yes, this is good. I wish this worked in BusyCal, the calendar program I use.]
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Create a QR code with your contact info Apps
1. Go to: qrstuff.com
2. Select "Contact Details"
3. Select vCard & fill in your info
4. Click DOWNLOAD

This QR code will add your contact info to people's address books if they scan it. You can create QR codes that can do lots of things. For example, you can create codes that will direct people to follow you on Twitter, like a page on Facebook, or compose an email to you.

[kirkmc adds: Another hint from robleach. I haven't tested this.]
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