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Automatically applies star ratings your iTunes tracks.   Shareware ($10.00)
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starTunes automatically applies star ratings to your iTunes tracks by weighting various track attributes and then write the star rating back to iTunes.
What's New
Version 1.1:
  • Now sends 1/2 star ratings to iTunes.
  • Remembers the main window position and splitter positions.
  • Added "Do not overwrite existing Star Rating" menu item to iTunes menu.
  • Play will play the selected track rather than what is currently selected in iTunes.
  • Added "Stop" menu item to iTunes menu.
  • Escape and Command-. stop the current track playing.
  • Set default star rating colors to grey.
  • Hide palette window if no document window open.
  • Use Unicode text so can display track names in scripts other than Roman.
  • Because I now use unicode characters I can not use star characters and 1/2 characters.
  • Text is anti-aliased.
Version 1.1:
  • Now sends 1/2 star ratings to iTunes.
  • Remembers the main window position and splitter positions.
  • Added "Do not overwrite existing Star Rating" menu item to iTunes menu.
  • Play will play the selected track rather than what is currently selected in iTunes.
  • Added "Stop" menu item to iTunes menu.
  • Escape and Command-. stop the current track more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later



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+20
Aikousha commented on 06 Sep 2007
Quiz/Poll Response: I have not star rated a single song in iTunes. I used a decimal scale before Macs even existed, (1-5 stars is useless), and since the field is actually a decimal field, I don't intend to rate them until I have easy access to that field (simple decimal display would be easier and more efficient! Bad Apple! This should be a preference, along with keeping art outside of the song files... and contextual menus should be used to select type of Conversion/Import.
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[Version 1.0.1]

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Landsbert (developer) replied on 07 Sep 2007
Internally iTunes holds star ratings as 0-100 and will actually show 1/2 ratings if an external program (like starTunes) sends values in chunks of 10. Internally starTunes calculates star ratings as decimal pointed numbers and then rounds then to the nearest 10 when it sends the results back to iTunes. A value of 50 will show as 2 1/2 stars.
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Aikousha replied on 17 Nov 2007
Actually, I applaud you for doing something that kind of "sneaks in" the information in a more friendly manner. Unfortunately, such a crude scale, even on a 1-10 is useless to anything I would do. I actually created an Apple II (remember back to 64K mem, 140K disc?) disc based database of my Vinyl and used a 0-100 scale. When I transferred to macs and CDs, my database followed, but instead of a handful of fields, it has more than 400, most scripted to auto enter material, and handles full Kanji entry for asian music. Am I ever glad OSX brough Unicode to most apps.
However, I am not going to enter any ratings via iTunes until I have easy access to fields like "rating" and keeping fields, like "Catalog Number" "Record Label" "Full Release Date" "Copyright Date" "Series Title" "episode title" "True Compilation" -- not multi-artist, "Limited Edition" "First Pressing" "CD ID" "Lyrics" and a few other fields that are for true collectors and archivists, instead of just a bunch of lazy musci pirates.
I don't enter much material, other than basic titling into Itunes (which tags the lossless files I create). Mainly because, until iTunes has true multi-libraries, everytime I have to do something after importing, I have to delete the entire previous library in order to efficiently work with a new acquisition. So, though an excellent player and importer, iTunes still is primarily catering to students and music pirates.

Thanks for your impressive work though, a first step in what will hopefully be a great external update to a program.
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+3
misecia commented on 06 Sep 2007
can someone explain what the weighting is about, it makes no sense :-/
[Version 1.0.1]

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Landsbert (developer) replied on 07 Sep 2007
The sliders are just multipliers to the existing star rating. For each track I add up the star rating (0-100) and add on a value of between 0-100 for how recently it was played and then I add on another value for how many tines it was played. I then average all these values for the album star rating and average all the album star ratings for the artist star rating. The sliders then multiply these values by a percentage and propagate the values back down to their children. All you are doing with the sliders is to weight how important each attribute of a song is to you.
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Hendo commented on 02 Sep 2007
ow my eyes...what is with the ugly colours??...the GUI is just not one bit good looking
[Version 1.0]

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Landsbert (developer) replied on 03 Sep 2007
If you do not like the colors for each of the star ratings you can change them in the preferences dialog.
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Hendo replied on 03 Sep 2007
that makes it a little better but everything just looks so old - almost like a java app.
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Landsbert (developer) replied on 03 Sep 2007
Unfortunately the application framework that I am using for the tables is from 2000 (Metrowerks PowerPlant, not Cocoa) so it may look a bit dated.
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Hendo replied on 03 Sep 2007
ah, that would explain it:P
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Twilightscapes had trouble on 06 Sep 2007
Doesn't seem to work for me. I start up the program (tried with and without itunes running) and I very briefly see the license screen and then the program quits immediately.

I'm running 10.4.10 with iTunes 4.7.3

My iTunes DB is located on an external HD if that helps any.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do, as I'd definitely like to try your program out.

Thanks!
[Version 1.0.1]

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Landsbert (developer) replied on 07 Sep 2007
If your iTunes database is on an external drive you will have to open the database manually as I only look in your Music folder/iTunes folder. Select Open from the file menu and navigate to your external drive. You are looking for iTunes Music Library.xml. You may need to select "All Documents" to grey in the file. Once this file is open the application should work as normal.
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Version Downloads:1,205
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Shareware
Date:04 Oct 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $10.00
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