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Q: Having become familiar with iTunes 5’s new lyrics feature, I’d like to find a way to easily fill the lyrics box for all the songs on my Mac. I’ve found that pearLyrics Dashboard Widget does a wonderful job on the currently playing song, but it won’t step through my whole library. Any ideas?

- Anonymous

A: Two of our editors recently went through the exact same process, filling their iTunes libraries with lyrics using the pearLyrics widget. To automate the iteration through the library, they used the Needle Drop 2.5 AppleScript from Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes. Download this Applescript and place it in your [User Home Folder]/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ folder. Then, launch iTunes, create a playlist of the songs you’d like to iterate through, and select “Needle Drop” from your iTunes’ script menu (the small scroll in your menu bar). Needle Drop will ask how long you would like to preview each song for (between 7 and 10 seconds should be plenty for pearLyrics to both fetch and write the text), and click “Ok.”  Make sure the pearLyrics widget is open and active before you begin, and all you’ll have to do is sit back and relax!

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Why hasn’t anyone made a device to allow the iPod to record using a stereo mike?

Posted by reubs2279 on September 22, 2005 at 7:10 PM (CDT)

2

I am usin Windows XP The dropdown feature in the search box no longer works in either itunes or in the purchase music service.  I downloaded the latest today 9/25 and I still can not get it to work so I can select from artist, song, etc.  any ideas? Thanks, Bob.

Posted by rrosso1 in New Jersey on September 25, 2005 at 2:06 PM (CDT)

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I live in Canada (vancouver to be exact) will the RoadTrip+ work up here? I’ve noticed on this forum most of the places that get mentioned are in the US.

I’m planning on buying a Nano soon so I found this accessory to be real handy compared to the FM Transmitter.

Someone help me!

Posted by govipod on September 25, 2005 at 4:10 PM (CDT)

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I would like to have itunes watch a folder for newly added music. Is there a script or add on that can enable that?

Similar to Media Player.

Posted by Hansvdd on September 26, 2005 at 6:01 PM (CDT)

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