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How can I save iTunes song ratings to the comments field and retrieve them to restore the rating value?

Posted on 2008-10-29
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I'm terrible at AppleScript, and I'm trying to take any song that has a rating on it and write it to the comment in a unique and searchable way so that I don't have to rely on the rating field in the library. Once written to the comments, if the library needs to be rebuilt, I'd also like to run the script and restore the ratings of all my songs. So granted it would be two scripts, but I haven't a clue how to write them.

Once I have that working, I plan on using this technique on fields that don't even exist in MP3s in order to keep particular information about the media, so I'm looking for a solution that will work when there's other data the comment field.

If it matters, I'm on a Mac, running Leopard and iTunes 8.

This is the first question I've posed to the group, please excuse any inadvertent social mistakes.
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James Looney earned 500 total points
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good morning.
 I was going to look into this, but it appears it has already been done before, so no need for us to reinvent the wheel. :)

Here are two people that have done this. The first one sounds exactly like what you are asking for

http://www.dwipal.com/itunes.htm
(scroll down to "Copy/Restore Ratings from Comments")

or

http://www.nostalgix.org/blog/2006/01/hackalot-applescript-to-save-itunes.html

hope that helps.

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