Review: iTunes 8
Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:24 PM
Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:49 PM
Anyone know a way of slowing them down?
Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:57 PM
In terms of the owner of the library, perhaps it is of little use, but for people browsing another?s library, the Grid view is another visual means to casually scan the library.
I do not use the default genres provided by iTunes, at least not as is, and to my surprise, iTunes 8 does assign the correct stock icons. It would seem that if custom genres at least start with the standard genre names, iTunes 8 will assign the appropriate stock image. For instance my genres are essentially in the following format:
bq. genre|: subgenre1||, subgenre2| ... |,subgenre_n|
where genre is the main and subgenre_x are the subgenres or styles of the track.
The genres I use are the basics provided by iTunes?e.g., Comedy, Electronic, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soundtrack and Vocal, but few tracks in my collection are just the main genre. In my library you are more apt to see:
bq. Electronic: Synth Pop Electronica: Latin Freestyle Gospel: Urban Hip Hop: Electro Hip Hop: Rap, Golden Age Jazz: Fusion R&B: Funk R&B: Philly Soul, Smooth Soul R&B: Vocal Jazz etc.
The only genre not recognized in my list was Easy Listening and iTunes? Unclassifiable category for which Apple has apparently not made a generic icon. The added subgenres/styles have no apparent effect on icon assignments; of course I do have 22 Electronic icons, 3 Gospel, 33 Hip Hop, etc. I have 203 genres according to iTunes.
Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:10 PM
Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:47 PM
Hilarious! I am long since resigned to the fact that my entire life is out of control. I know all the theory but to practice what I preach... not a chance.
Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:25 PM
I do not use the default genres provided by iTunes, at least not as is, and to my surprise, iTunes 8 does assign the correct stock icons. It would seem that if custom genres at least start with the standard genre names, iTunes 8 will assign the appropriate stock image.
For each genre, iTunes 8 matches a substring anywhere in the Genre field. Many of the built-in genres have additional entries for alternate spellings, or genres that they group into another genre (such as "dancehall", which maps to iTunes' "reggae" genre). You can view and edit the list of recognized string-to-genre mappings by opening the "genres.plist" file in the "Resources" folder inside iTunes (right-click iTunes, Show Package Contents, go into Contents > Resources). You'll need Property List Editor, part of the Xcode suite, or a binary-aware text editor such as BBEdit or TextMate.
Posted 12 September 2008 - 07:36 PM
Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:12 PM
From iTunes help:
[quote]1. Choose Advanced > Open Audio Stream.
2. Enter the full URL of the file you want to listen to. For example:
Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:26 PM