OSX: iTunes 10.5.2

What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2 iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs. iTunes 10.5.1 included: • iTunes Match. Store your entire music library in iCloud, including music you’ve imported from CDs, and enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer, … Read More

My current iTunes rsync backup script

The other day I was looking for a backup solution for two laptops. While I was unable to get the exact results I was looking for I did create a nice bash script that detects the network, and if on my local network it will mount the share from my Airport Extreme and then rsync the data over.  I am sure there is plenty of room for improvement on this script, but it works quite well.

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Half Star Ratings in Itunes on OS X

To enable half star ratings in iTunes on your Mac you can run the following from the command line.

  • defaults write com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars -bool TRUE

Let you give a more specific rating than with single solid stars

iTunes 8.0.2

Downloading it now …

iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.

iTunes 8 and iTunes U are now accessible with VoiceOver on your Mac.

iTunes 8.0.2 improves stability and performance and provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

• Addresses a quality issue creating MP3s on some computers.
• Fixes a connectivity issue with the iTunes Store when using some Internet proxies with Mac OS X.
• Improves accessibility with VoiceOver.

mt-daapd install

If you want to run a music server from your Gentoo box and have it show up as a Shared Music in iTunes then follow these steps.

First you need to unmask mt-daapd 0.2.3-r2 os edit /etc/portage/package.keywords and add

media-sound/mt-daapd ~x86

Save that and then go ahead and emerge media-sound/mt-daapd, that should install everything that you need to get your music server up and running. I use the ~x86 version because the normal version does NOT seem to work with my iTunes on my mac.  You might find different results. All that is left to do is edit the config file, start the service, and add it to boot.

First edit the config to reflect the correct settings, it is located in /etc/mt-daapd.conf It should look something like this but with your values added to it.

web_root /usr/share/mt-daapd/admin-root
port 3689
#admin_pw password
db_dir /var/cache/mt-daapd
mp3_dir /mnt/share0/music
servername Media Center
runas nobody
playlist /etc/mt-daapd.playlist
#Shared Music Password
#password mp3
extensions .mp3,.m4a,.m4p
logfile /var/log/mt-daapd.log
#art_filename _folderOpenImage.jpg
#rescan_interval 300
always_scan 0
process_m3u 0
scan_type 2
compress 1

then just start the server and add it to system startup.

/etc/init.d/mt-daapd start
rc-update add mt-daapd default

If everything is working you should be able to access the web-based mt-daapd admin page by opening your browser and going to http://localhost:3689 When you open up iTunes you should see your new shared music directory.