Identifying CC licensed music in iTunes
lgonze at panix.com
Tue Dec 16 12:06:03 EST 2003
Cool idea, Nathan.
Modifying the album artwork may be easier than you think. iTunes
artwork comes from images embedded in non-audio frames in audio files
(you may already know this); if the particular CC license permits
modification, you can just embed the image in the song and release the
On Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003, at 11:56 America/New_York, Nathan R. Yergler
> Winter break is coming up for me, so naturally I'm looking for
> something to entertain me (besides fixing mozCC bugs, of course). As
> some of you might know, I am a Mac user, and really enjoy the bundled
> applications. Especially iTunes.
> I've been toying with ways to display some metadata indication in
> iTunes when the song I'm listening to has a license URL embedded. I
> have two ideas, and I'm looking for some feedback. I've done some
> *very* basic looking online, so I think both of these are possible. I
> have not found anyway to actually modify the iTunes GUI or display (to
> display metadata in the "now playing" area, etc); if anyone has an
> example or can point me in the right direction, I'd definitly be
> interested in that. As such, here are my two ideas; I'm not in love
> with either, but absent a "full" GUI integration, they're what I've
> come up with.
> First (and possibly easier): place a (CC) menu on the menubar; when
> the currently playing song is licensed, attribute icons would
> (optionally) be displayed, so some other indication made. For
> example, the menu icon might have a glow or underline added when
> metadata is available. I like this because I think I can build on
> some sample code I found, and I think it'd be easier overall to have a
> separate "helper" app which just looked to iTunes for signals.
> There's a small mock-up attached, and a larger, full-screen one at
> http://yergler.net/projects/images/itunes-mockup-1.jpg .
> Second: Add licensing attributes to the album artwork for a song when
> a licensed song is played. The composite artwork could be shown in
> the "Selected Song" area of iTunes. I like this because it's
> integrated within iTunes, but it's not perfect because it is only
> visible in full-window mode (not in the collapsed mode). Again, a
> small mock-up is attached with a full-screen version at
> http://yergler.net/projects/images/itunes-mockup-2.jpg .
> So I'd like to get some feedback about which approach seems better.
> I'd especially like feedback from Mac users and iTunes users, but any
> feedback is welcome. Thanks in advance for all your help.
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