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Finder doesn't have the smarts to change this - but finder does have a services menu that will allow you to craft a custom automator service that would help automate the process. You can pop up a dialog to get the artist name, store it, import the songs to iTunes and set the Artist (and/or many of the other tags) This is a nice way to learn automator if ...


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I've only ever seen this happen when the metadata absolutely differs in some way between tracks. There are two ideas that come to mind: Highlight each individual character and make sure 3 dots ( ... ) haven't been transformed into a single character elipses ( … ). Highlight each of the dots above and you should understand the difference. Check the ...


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Make sure all the columns you want metadata for are visible in the playlist or library you're looking at. Then, select the tunes you want with shift-click or ⌘-click or whatever: Then, hit ⌘+C to copy. This will allow you to paste what's visible in the iTunes playlist into any sort of spreadsheet you like: It won't label the columns for you, but it'll ...


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No - the design clearly is intended to honor whatever set of metadata you have currently entered into your library. As you have discovered, the matching process can find songs based on other criteria and re-downloading the "canonical" AAC 256 kbps stereo will not currently fill in any metadata holes or correct parts of the metadata that do not match what ...


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When I run xattr -l on items in my Downloads folder, I get a field that looks something like this: com.apple.metadata:kMDItemDownloadedDate: 00000000 62 70 6C 69 73 74 30 30 A1 01 33 41 B4 83 4D BF |bplist00..3A..M.| 00000010 4C 4F E3 08 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 00 00 |LO..............| 00000020 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ...


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Subler ...allows to edit (almost?) any metadata to a song manually. You can use this tool add the explicit label to a song. I've successfully tested version 0.14 in Lion.


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You can do File -> Library -> Export Library and get an XML file of your library metadata. From there it would be a relatively straightforward matter for a programmer to convert the XML data into a CSV, spreadsheet, or database. For example, I made this quick Ruby script in about 10 minutes to get the artist, album, and track names from the XML and output a ...


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Terminal.app is actually doing what it's supposed to: shift-TAB sends ESC [ z which Emacs reads as M-[ z. The problem is that the terminal description for xterm-color (the one usually used with Terminal.app and other terminal emulators) is missing the kcbt declaration, so Emacs doesn't know that that's what the key sends. There are two ways to fix this: ...


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iTunes can do this for you easily. You cannot do it in the Finder, so do it in iTunes instead. You do not need any third-party program. This method works for iTunes on Macintosh as well as iTunes on Windows. 1) Select multiple files 2) Right-click or control-click and select "Get Info" 3) Read the dialog box and click "Yes". 4) In this dialog, any ...


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I can't find a way to set the "Date Added" shown in the Finder. I believe you're correct that it's retrieved from the Spotlight index's kMDItemDateAdded metadata attribute. However, Spotlight appears to derive this itself in some way. I've tried setting up an extended file attribute called com.apple.metadata:kMDItemDateAdded to a date value in one of ...


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I've had the same "need." I guess we all do sooner or later. Here's what I did. Card menu > Add Field > Dates. Then select the Date field drop down in the contact and select custom. You can also change the general new contact template in the same Cart menu. I hope this helps.


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As of Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Terminal is more compatible with modern xterm† and therefore the default $TERM value is now xterm-256color, which contains the kcbt entry, eliminating any need to edit the terminfo entry. xterm-color describes an older branch of xterm and is missing a number of things supported by modern xterm. † Highlights include: Terminal now ...


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The date added is stored as metadata item kMDItemDateAdded and the mdls command will expose the data for each file passed as an argument to it. So, to dump the date added for all files in Downloads in whatever arbitrary order * gets expanded by your shell, you can: mdls -name kMDItemDateAdded ~/Downloads/* You'll need to hack together some combination ...


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Yep (39$) It handles the job of document management pretty well. I have a license and it’s really good at finding all the PDF mess that I have scattered. Then the reading feature and the loupe are nice. They have a trial.


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I would suggest selecting all four songs and doing the following: Delete metadata from the tracks: at least Grouping, Album, Artist, Sort Album, and Sort Artist, but more wouldn't hurt. Save the absence of the data by selecting "Done." While they continue to be selected, Get Info again and fill in the relevant information. I've found that no matter how ...


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You could also add a special symbol to the contact’s comments (I use «†», also known as U+2020 DAGGER), and then create a smart group, where the criterion is Note > contains > † (Alt-t).


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FingerPDF It is particularly suited for PDF Technical Books, Magazines and Papers


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The command mdfind uses the Spotlight backing store. If you go to the Spotlight pane of System Preferences and select the Privacy tab you can exclude files or folders from being indexed. It is also possible to modify the exclusions list at the Exclusions array of /.Spotlight-V100/VolumeConfiguration.plist but this does not appear to be officially ...


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For minor play count screwups, I use a little AppleScript to set the count: tell application "iTunes" activate set played count of track named "Vaseline Machine Gun" to 16 return end tell Obviously this can be elaborated to handle more complicated situations involving multiple tracks and playlists.


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I found the following terminal command, which allows setting the date created: SetFile -d "10/16/2012" file


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As bmike mentioned, xattr.h has a constant called XATTR_MAXSIZE that is set to 64 MiB: /* Maximum extended attribute size supported by VFS */ #define XATTR_MAXSIZE (64 * 1024 * 1024) VFS means virtual file system. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_file_attributes#Mac_OS_X: Although the named forks in HFS+ support arbitrarily large ...


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you can always use Apple Feedback page to submit any kind of request. if you have this problem in our own iTunes Library, it is easy to assign a new cover to the song or album by just dragging the cover to it or using the GetInfo option, you know how to do this right? if you install Last.fm app you can simple play a song and then drag the last.fm cover ...


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com.apple.metadata:kMDItemFinderComment is in binary property list format. Using xattr -p -l -x | tail +2 gives you just the hex dump of the attribute. You can then pipe that into xxd -r to turn that back into a binary file. From there you can open that file in Apple's Property List Editor, assuming you have the Developer Tools installed. You can then edit ...


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Looks like many apps do this. Look at FlickTunes, for instance, which allows you to use gestures to control playback. Or TuneWiki, which tries to look up the lyrics for the current song. So I assume the API is there and you could write an app that displays this metadata.


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Any program that can tag MP4s should work fine. MetaX seems to be a popular one for Windows that can pull data from various online databases.


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Some that I've found: iFlicks.app Vidalin iDentify I've yet to find one that does everything I want. iFlicks.app comes close, but the feature I want that's missing is the ability to tag chapters. You can always use more than one app, but I don't like the idea of different programs overwriting my metadata.


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I don't know if this will work in your particular case, but you might as well try it. Open the Samba share and press Command+J, then uncheck "Show icon preview" and click on "Use as defaults". This way the Finder won't try to extract info from the file to generate a thumbnail, no matter if it is an image, or a mp3, or a movie. However this would be valid ...


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In iTunes you can change a field (artist, album, ...) of multiple mp3 files at once. If you don't want to use iTunes (what's the alternative on OSX?), I'll think you'll have to use a special editor (like ID3 editor) to do so.



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