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iTunes 10 + Automator. Where's "Play action?

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hathi Calculating status...
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Sep 2, 2010 1:27 AM
After I updated to iTunes 10, I lost the most iTunes actions in Automator (primarily "Play").

iTunes system gives me an error that those codes do not exist and I should update my iTunes to 4.6 or higher...

Any solutions?

Thank you
iMac, Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Calisharkbate Calculating status...
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    Sep 2, 2010 3:40 AM (in response to hathi)
    i don't have a solution. just wanted you to know your not alone. I am also seeing this error.
    15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • hewhoeatsapples Calculating status...
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    Sep 2, 2010 3:47 AM (in response to hathi)
    Same here, no ideas yet.
    MBP (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Calisharkbate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 2, 2010 10:09 AM (in response to hewhoeatsapples)
    it looks like a lot of the actions for iTunes have been removed from Automator.
    All that is there right now is:
    Delete iPod Notes
    Eject iPod
    Export Movies
    Filter iTunes Items
    Get Selected iTunes items
    New iPod Note
    Text to Audio File
    I would imagine that these limitations would change soon as there are still plenty of scripts available in the AppleScript Directory for iTunes. If your familiar with AppleScript (which I am not completely) you may be able to create your own action by writing an AppleScript statement and inserting it into your workflow/app with the "Run AppleScript" action.
    15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • shawn_d Calculating status...
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    Sep 2, 2010 11:01 AM (in response to hathi)
    The bad news is, iTunes 10 is missing the following actions:

    Add Songs to iPod
    Add Songs to Playlist
    Ask for Songs
    Change Case of Song Names
    Get Selected iTunes Items
    Get the Current Song
    Import Audio Files
    Import Files into iTunes
    New iTunes Playlist
    Pause iTunes
    Play iTunes Playlist
    Remove Empty Playlists
    Set Info of iTunes Songs
    Set iTunes Equalizer
    Set iTunes Volume
    Set Options of iTunes Songs
    Start iTunes Playing
    Start iTunes Visuals
    Stop iTunes Visuals
    Update iPod

    The good news is, iTunes' AppleScript dictionary appears to still contain the ability to script all of these items, which means that it should be easy for now to create AppleScript actions to replicate these, and that it should at least be possible for these actions to return. Will they? I certainly hope so!

    Shawn
    Mini server, MBP 15", G4 Cube, 20th Anniv., Classic II, 512KE, Apple IIgs, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • cmisener4 Calculating status...
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    Sep 2, 2010 9:12 PM (in response to hathi)
    Just got off the phone with Apple about this exact issue and they didn't have a solid answer for me. They recommended this discussion and that I encourage everybody to submit product feedback to Apple so when they go to do another update they bring back these actions. I have a few I lost as well that has screwed up a whole series of workflows I've created. Does anybody have any suggestions or ideas? Can Apple Script be useful here?

    Thanks,
    Chris
    iMac 21.5", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • MartinB9999 Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 12:32 AM (in response to hathi)
    First I discovered this was when my Automator alarm clock failed!

    What's the point of having any Automator actions if you don't have 'Play'?
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iTunes10
  • hewhoeatsapples Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 3, 2010 12:52 AM (in response to hewhoeatsapples)
    So, I got my actions up and running with a few Applescript commands. Where I used to use the Get Playlist, and Play Item Actions, I just found/assembled/wrote a script to do the same thing, while shuffling the playlist at the same time. The script I used is below, and was input into automator using the"Run AppleScript" action

    set play_playlist to "Playlist Name"

    tell application "iTunes"
    activate
    set the_playlist to user playlist play_playlist
    set view of front window to the_playlist
    set the_playlist's song repeat to all
    repeat 5 times
    set the_playlist's shuffle to false
    set the_playlist's shuffle to true
    end repeat
    play the_playlist

    end tell
    MBP (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • ddougan Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 9:04 AM (in response to cmisener4)
    How can we submit our feedback to Apple? There doesn't seem to be an email channel that can be used. Do you have a case number that could be linked to?

    Thanks,

    Des Dougan
    iMac (2010), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • shawn_d Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Sep 3, 2010 12:29 PM (in response to hathi)
    Some more information on this issue is available [here|http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100903004553923]. Essentially, the version checking in the Automator actions isn't recognizing "10.0" as higher than "4.6". The linked article gives instructions for manually fixing your actions. Otherwise, hopefully we'll see a fix soon!

    Shawn
    Mini server, MBP 15", G4 Cube, 20th Anniv., Classic II, 512KE, Apple IIgs, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • digital.alchemy Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 1:39 PM (in response to hathi)
    **** with that, where are the rest of them? it's damned insane
    Mac Pro 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Dual GT120, 4 2TB, 32GB Ram
  • 0xC0FFEE Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 7:12 PM (in response to hathi)
    A MacOSXHints post contains the answer to this mystery. It seems that the version comparison routine in some Automator actions uses a string comparison instead of a numeric comparison, and since "10.0" is less than "4.0" when compared as a string, said actions are "incompatible" with iTunes 10.0.

    That's the bad news. The good news is that the workaround is fairly simple: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100903004553923
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • lancia Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Sep 3, 2010 7:32 PM (in response to ddougan)
    Here it is ddougan

    iTunes/Provide iTunes Feedback
    13" MacBook 2.16 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3Gs iOS 4
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,440 points)
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    Sep 3, 2010 7:42 PM (in response to ddougan)
    How can we submit our feedback to Apple?

    Go here -> iTunes application feedback.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 9.1.1 (12)
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