Here’s the World of iTunes according to Garp (actually, it’s me, Jack). iTunes on the Mac is a monstrosity, a cumbersome media mall that’s more the result of a mashup of urban sprawl and natural coagulation.
Apple Music is a bit of a mess, too, and the only saving grace is access to 30-million or so songs for a middling monthly price tag. Yet, for all the negativity that can be heaped upon iTunes, and deservedly so, I like it. Well, I like the music aspect of iTunes. That. Still. Works.
If you use iTunes for music then you’ll need one or more or all of these iTunes utilities.
Play It Again, Garp!
What? iTunes needs help? Who knew? Actually, almost everyone except those who work at Apple, I guess. TrackSift 2 is a collection of nine different tools for iTunes; a useful group of utilities with something for everyone who uses iTunes, but even better as a package.
TrackSift couldn’t be easier to use. Open it. Select an option. Click the OK button to invoke.
What could be easier to use? Alright, it would be nice to have each of these functions already built in to iTunes, but that’s not Apple’s style to take features from a Mac developer’s app and incorporate them into an Apple app.
Right? Right? Say it ain’t so.
Regardless, here’s a list of what TrackSift does for iTunes.
- Sort tracks into playlists (by Apple ID)
- Merge two or more playlists together
- Delete ‘dead’ tracks
- Delete unused non-iTunes Genre names
- Create ‘One-hit Wonder’ and ‘n-songs by artist playlists)
- Find songs without album art
- Find songs without lyrics
- Find songs not in playlists
Yeah, that’s right. iTunes does not do what TrackSift does.
The app’s developer is Doug Adams and he’s been doing these utilities for years. The only unfortunate aspect of TrackSift is that there’s no try-before-you-buy option on the Mac App Store, but the app itself is priced at the top end of my throw-away-money threshold, so it comes recommended. Check the list. If there are two or three options there that you’d like, then it’s worth the coin.