Is there a global hotkey or keyboard shortcut to change ratings in iTunes for the current song?

Some other applications (e.g. Amarok on Linux) have this and I'm missing this functionality from iTunes.

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This post explains a way of doing exactly what you want. It's and old post, though, but it should still work.

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    Thanks - this almost worked. It works if I'm in iTunes and the song is selected in the playlist. Pressing Command+5 will then change the rating of the selected song. It doesn't work if no song is selected (but a song is playing) or if iTunes is in Mini Player mode. I would like to be able to change the rating of the currently playing song.
    – nwinkler
    Jun 21, 2012 at 7:52
  • I guess a little improvement could be done to the scripts, using the actual playing song instead of the selected one. I'll try to find some time to test it.
    – Thecafremo
    Jun 21, 2012 at 8:02
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    This only seems to work if you are in iTunes and the specific song is selected -- it's not a global shortcut.
    – Jason
    Oct 31, 2013 at 7:54
  • That method still works, but the page is dead. Here's a link to the Archived page: web.archive.org/web/20120905231521/http://www.lensenergy.com/…
    – Ryenski
    Jan 4, 2017 at 15:42

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