The Mac::iTunes module means that controlling iTunes from across the room or across the world is only a Perl script away.
I created the Mac::iTunes Perl module to control iTunes from my scripts and from other machines. Everything that I present in this hack comes with either the Mac::iTunes or Apache::iTunes distribution (http://search.cpan.org/author/BDFOY/), available on the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN).
Once I have a back end, I can create almost any interface to iTunes that I like — and I do.
Apple’s MP3 player, iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes/), has been AppleScript-aware since Version 2 (the latest version is 3.0.1). This gives me a lot of freedom to control how I use iTunes.
I can use Script Editor to create a script, but I can also use the
osascript command-line tool from a Terminal
window. I can use the
-e switch to run a short
script on the command line:
% osascript -e 'tell application "iTunes" activate'
Or, I can store the script in a file and pass it to the
osascript on the command line:
-- iTunes script "quit_itunes" -- run as "osascript quit_itunes" tell application "iTunes" quit end tell % osascript quit_itunes
Once I liberate myself from Script Editor, I have more flexibility.
Scripts for iTunes can automate a lot of my common tasks. Apple has a collection of scripts (http://www.apple.com/AppleScript/itunes/), and Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes & SoundJam (http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes/scrxcont.shtml ...