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So, if you're like me, you hate those little arrows Apple puts in your iTunes linking to buy the songs in their online music store. Well, in all versions of iTunes up to and including 7.x, there was a preference for removing these arrows. Not in iTunes 8, however. I can't imagine why Apple would take away the ability to remove these links, but I hate the links nonetheless. Well, after much searching (mostly thanks to my own poor Googling; it wasn't really THAT hard to find) I finally found this post explaining how Mac users can get rid of them. It's simple, just open the Terminal application and enter this command:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-arrow-links -bool FALSE


... I'm sorry to say, it appears it is much more difficult for Windows users to do. So buy a Mac!

Anyway, I'm sure someone else here at some point in the future will want to know this, so ... here you go.
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I knew about this, but you didn't ask me. But...why aren't you using iTunes 9?





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.23
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I knew about this, but you didn't ask me. But...why aren't you using iTunes 9?




I am, I guess I should have clarified that it was (apparently) all versions after iTunes 7.
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To be honest, I had forgotten the newest version was version 9, and so when I saw that link saying it was for version 8 I had assumed that was the version I was on. What this means is, I almost certainly went through this exact same process when version 8 came out and forgot about it. Well now when version 10 comes out, I'll have this thread to reference!
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If you're ever using the Windows one, it's a simple matter of editing iTunesPrefs.xml (technipages.com).

That website ALSO has an interesting thing about iTunes I didn't know - you can enable half stars in your ratings (technipages.com). Of course, you may be more interested in the Mac version (macosxhints.com). Me, I've never rated ANY of my songs, but now that I know about this added granularity.....



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.23
    Originally posted by CRZ
    If you're ever using the Windows one, it's a simple matter of editing iTunesPrefs.xml (technipages.com).

    That website ALSO has an interesting thing about iTunes I didn't know - you can enable half stars in your ratings (technipages.com). Of course, you may be more interested in the Mac version (macosxhints.com). Me, I've never rated ANY of my songs, but now that I know about this added granularity.....


This seems like a decent opportunity to ask this question:

Every few months I get motivated to take advantage of more of iTunes' features - namely, to start rating songs and filling out all the genre fields and what not with the intention of building playlists easier. The first step, I've decided, is to get all my genres in order, because I'll have, for example, one rap album where the genre is "rap" and another where it is "hip-hop." There are more extreme examples, with many genres that mean nothing to me and in fact sound made up. I have 248 different genres on my computer right now, for crying out loud. The problem is, it will take a long ass time to actually make my 140 GB library uniform, and I don't care THAT much.

Do you (or anyone else!) have any advice for making this process easier? What I wish I'd done was correct all this crap at the time I downloaded or imported the music, but it's much too late for that now.

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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
      Originally posted by CRZ
      If you're ever using the Windows one, it's a simple matter of editing iTunesPrefs.xml (technipages.com).

      That website ALSO has an interesting thing about iTunes I didn't know - you can enable half stars in your ratings (technipages.com). Of course, you may be more interested in the Mac version (macosxhints.com). Me, I've never rated ANY of my songs, but now that I know about this added granularity.....


    This seems like a decent opportunity to ask this question:

    Every few months I get motivated to take advantage of more of iTunes' features - namely, to start rating songs and filling out all the genre fields and what not with the intention of building playlists easier. The first step, I've decided, is to get all my genres in order, because I'll have, for example, one rap album where the genre is "rap" and another where it is "hip-hop." There are more extreme examples, with many genres that mean nothing to me and in fact sound made up. I have 248 different genres on my computer right now, for crying out loud. The problem is, it will take a long ass time to actually make my 140 GB library uniform, and I don't care THAT much.

    Do you (or anyone else!) have any advice for making this process easier? What I wish I'd done was correct all this crap at the time I downloaded or imported the music, but it's much too late for that now.

    (edited by TheBucsFan on 18.12.09 0116)


Smart playlist? It's what I do to dispense with anything that has comments, anything without years/genres/etc. and MP3's (before I convert 'em, you know). It would be clunky in this case, and you could probably do it easier with the browser.





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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.23
Yeah I think ultimately it's going to involve simply selecting individual songs (or as many as I can select at once, provided the info I'm changing is the same for all of them) and changing the info. Which means it just won't get done. Oh well.
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For anyone with the same problem, I'd recommend checking out the program TuneUp. It automatically checks all the info of your music (genre, tracklisting, album art, etc) against its database and corrects it. I downloaded it this morning and have used it on half my library so far with no problems. There is a free version you can download first to see if you like it, then you have to pay for it if you want to go further.
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