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Is there a Windows programs that can read in all of the iPad and iPhone apps that I have so that I can create a database and add different information about them? Such as type of appliction, my rating, and different things like that. Having to scroll through itunes page of all the apps that I own is such a pain, and there is no way to sort in any useful manner. Any input would be appriciated - even an iPad app like that would be nice. Thanks!

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I'm not aware of anything that does what you want, but I've modified one of my scripts so that it can produce a CSV spreadsheet output like this...


Name Seller Genre Kind Size Date Added
GarageBand Apple Music iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app 582.2 Mb 12/05/2011
Orbit RunSwimFly Entertainment iPhone/iPod touch app 88 Kb 01/02/2010
Real Racing 3 Electronic Arts Games iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app 1.51 Gb 09/03/2013


...which you could then import into Excel and expand with other fields. The script is called ExportAppInfo. Hope it is useful. 🙂


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Jan 5, 2014 7:24 PM in response to bwr2616 In response to bwr2616

I'm not aware of anything that does what you want, but I've modified one of my scripts so that it can produce a CSV spreadsheet output like this...


Name Seller Genre Kind Size Date Added
GarageBand Apple Music iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app 582.2 Mb 12/05/2011
Orbit RunSwimFly Entertainment iPhone/iPod touch app 88 Kb 01/02/2010
Real Racing 3 Electronic Arts Games iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app 1.51 Gb 09/03/2013


...which you could then import into Excel and expand with other fields. The script is called ExportAppInfo. Hope it is useful. 🙂


tt2

Jan 5, 2014 7:24 PM

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Nov 30, 2014 5:49 AM in response to turingtest2 In response to turingtest2

Sorry for bumping this, but would it be possible to include in this script a field that shows who purchased the app? I just bought a new iPhone and as I was recovering from the backup it was asking me for passwords to accounts I have never seen/can't remember. If I could see which apps belong to which accounts, I could delete them and redownload them with my own account.

Nov 30, 2014 5:49 AM

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Nov 30, 2014 8:03 AM in response to ParalysedBeaver In response to ParalysedBeaver

No, that field isn't available to the script interface. What you can do is add a column to your spreadsheet and review the purchase history on any of your own accounts and fill in the owner, then decide what to do with those that are left over.


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Nov 30, 2014 8:03 AM

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Nov 30, 2014 1:46 PM in response to turingtest2 In response to turingtest2

You definitely know more about this than me, but looking through an apps embedded iTunesMetadata.plist shows an email address belonging to the account that purchased it. This isn't accessible by the script?


Also, is purchase history the feature in iTunes?

Nov 30, 2014 1:46 PM

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Nov 30, 2014 3:22 PM in response to ParalysedBeaver In response to ParalysedBeaver

My scripts make use of the iTunes API and I generally only work with what iTunes offers, though I did work out a way of sizing the artwork images at one point. I've unpacked one my apps and I can see the email address in the .plist so I guess I could figure a way to unpack the app temporarily, then hunt through the .plist (binary, not proper text which would be easier) and read out the email address, stick that in the output of the script, and then clean up the extracted files. Seems like a lot of effort for a niche task.


And yes, I meant the iTunes purchase history feature, or more specifically Music > iTunes Store > Quick Links > Purchased > Apps > All. (Starting in Apps you don't get a Purchased link. 😕 )


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