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5. AppleScript for iTunes > 90. Play Snippets of Each Track in a Playlist

Play Snippets of Each Track in a Playlist

Sample a section of each track in a specified playlist.

Back in my early radio days (in the early 1980s, before CDs!) the DJs and Music Director at the radio station would receive tons of promotional albums from record companies. We never had time to listen to everything. So, typically, we’d sit around and listen to a few seconds of each track on a record to determine whether it fit the sound of the station. This would be referred to as doing a needle drop on the album. Similarly, here’s a hack that allows iTunes to breeze through a playlist of tracks, playing just a few seconds from each track.

The Code

This stay-open applet gets a number from the user to be used as the number of seconds between calls to an idlehandler that executes a next trackcommand, thus playing each track in the selected playlist for the specified number of seconds:


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