iExporter – iTunes workflow

Well since I’ve been busy with my iWatchSyncer program for iTunes, I also created a second iTunes tool!
( note, the iWatchSyncer tool isn’t finished yet, it still hase som issues 😉 )

The second tool is called iExporter and I’ve posted it up on CodePlex right here.
What it allows you to do, is exporting mp3 files through selecting available playlists in iTunes!

Why would you do this, I hear you thinking… well let’s give an example.
Assume you have a car or hifi set that allows for usb input or even sd card input and you don’t want to hook up your iPod each time ( or you don’t own an iPod ). And you have a fine tuned iTunes playlist scenario that dynamically changes after each iPod synchronization. Well wouldn’t you like to hear those same playlists on those other devices too?
So with iExporter, you can!! You only have to specify an export destination and select the playlists you like.
iExporter will copy the mp3 music files in those playlists to the destination, arranged in subfolders ( one for each playlist selected and then one for each Artist – Album ).

The source code is also available…
Any ideas, tips or remarks, just give a shout!

[Tags]iTunes, iPod[/Tags]

iWatchSyncer – iTunes workflow

iwatchsyncer If you are like me, a pc user that has an iPod… There is a big chance you’ll be using iTunes as your music library and have your iPod synced through use of PlayLists or Smart PlayLists.
But if you do, you probably also get annoyed by the importing feature for cd’s in iTunes…

What I mean is, that when you like your music library clean, you wont let iTunes manage your files. So in other words, you’ll be copying/moving your mp3 folders yourself to the iTunes library directory on your central hard drive!
But when you do so, you’ll still have to perform a manual action to get the cd known inside iTunes!! This action is done through the File menu, “Add Folder to Library…”.

Well don’t you hate that? How many times did I miss some cd’s, because I like to preview them on my laptop before I move them to iTunes. So mostly I’ll be moving 4 to 5 cd’s in one go to iTunes and then I have to add each and every on of them manually into the library. ( so 2 actions, where I would like only 1 )

But help is here! Thanks to the iTunes SDK for Windows, I wrote a small application, iWatch Syncer, that will sit in your tray and watch your iTunes music directory on the hard drive. Each time now folders ( or files ) are added, it will automatically add them to the iTunes library!!! So no more manual action inside iTunes…

The first time you start iWatch Syncer, it will fire up iTunes and you’ll get the option to select a folder to watch. There is also a second option, this to allow iWatch Syncer to create a new playlist, so that all newly added cd’s will be visible there… ( I don’t use this, because I have a Smart PlayList that shows me all cd’s I haven’t processed yet and newly added ones are also show here )

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So without further a due here is iWatch Syncer for you to download ( feel free to send me any comments on the use )!

PS: Logo thanks to Dipfico!

[tags]iTunes, iPod, iWatchSyncer[/tags]