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iPod and iTunes Hacks by Hadley Stern

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Hack #84. Change Your Encoder on the Fly

Discover the freedom to convert or import selected tracks (whether in your library or on some sort of removable media—excluding your iPod—such as a CD/DVD) using an encoder selected on the fly, without changing your defaults.

I dislike having to visit iTunes Preferences whenever I want to change encoders. On the other hand, I like keeping the AAC encoder as my default encoder. Now I can have it both ways. This AppleScript converts or imports all or just the selected tracks in a playlist using your choice of encoders, restoring your Preferences-set encoder afterwards. You can also send all the new tracks to a new playlist if you like.

The Code

This script allows the user to select from a list of available iTunes encoders and then convert the selected tracks with that encoder. Additionally, the user can decide to copy the tracks to a new playlist, which will be created. When the script has finished, the default encoder will be reinstated.

tell application "iTunes" activate -- miscellaneous variables set addenda to "Put converted tracks into new Playlist named…?" set my_no_button to "No, Just Convert" set movem to false -- encoder information set myEncoders to name of every encoder set encoderBackup to name of current encoder set thisPlaylist to view of front window -- selected tracks or all tracks in selected playlist if selection is not {} then ...

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