[Pythonmac-SIG] controlling iTunes with appscript

Craig Amundsen cdamundsen at gmail.com
Sat Dec 2 04:45:38 CET 2006

Hi -

I finally had time to play around with appscript, and can now get the
list of tracks. For reasons I don't understand, if I try to get all
the file_tracks in the library, iTunes shoots up to about 80% CPU
utilization and never comes back, even if I set the timeout to 15
minutes. But if I put all the songs in a playlist and get the songs


it takes a while, but eventually comes back with list of tracks.

> Just FYI if you don't know already, iTunes uses aliases to keep track
> of file locations, so if you're not moving across volumes, you
> shouldn't have to do anything at all.

> You may end up needing to use HFS rather than POSIX paths, or even
> aliases, depending on what iTunes expects.

If I get the location of a track eg,

>>> t.location.get()
macfile.Alias(u'/Volumes/FirewireHD/iTunes/Air/Talkie Walkie/02 Cherry
Blossom Girl.mp3')

the location is definitely a macfile.Alias

I am moving my songs between Volumes, so I do have to do something. If I try:

>>> f = macfile.Alias(u'/Volumes/RAID/iTunes/Air/Talkie Walkie/02
Cherry Blossom Girl.mp3')
>>> t.location.set(f)

I get this error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/python2.5/site-packages/aeosa/appscript/reference.py",
line 281, in __call__
    raise CommandError(self, (args, kargs), e)
appscript.reference.CommandError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__name__'
        Failed command:
Walkie/02 Cherry Blossom Girl.mp3'))

Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

- Craig

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