I'm trying to write an Automator service for iTunes so that I can immediately open a file from iTunes in VLC, so I don't have to do (show in finder, launch with other application, vlc).

I go to Automator, create a Service, in the top right dropdowns, I choose: "Service receives selected audio files in any application", and the script itself is just "Open Finder Items" with VLC.

However, the service doesn't appear. Not in finder, not in iTunes.. I'm very confused. Any thoughts what's going on? I tried restarting computer, restarting iTunes, all to no avail.


  • Can't you set VLC to be the default app for these files so you just need to double click
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 27, 2011 at 8:43

1 Answer 1


To get it to work in iTunes, you can try setting it up like this:

Service receives selected: text in: iTunes


"Get Selected iTunes Tracks" - Get selected: tracks

"Open Finder items" - Open with: VLC

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  • Thank you, that works perfectly. For future reference, seem to have run into this really weird issue, where if I save an existing Service and change the 'receives selected' field, it won't appear. I had to make a new Service to get it to appear! Sep 27, 2011 at 21:16

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