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iTunes "Albums" shows non-music [Fixed v.2.0.4 pre-release]


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In itunes, audiobooks do not show up under "albums". In Alfred, they do.


This has now been improved in 2.0.4 which is in pre-release, if you want to update to test and report back :) You'll need to uncheck the "include podcasts" checkbox in the preferences, and reindex your music library (Cmd + R when showing the Mini Player).

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This fixes podcasts, but I noticed that "random album" is still pulling audio books. An option to exclude them too would be great.


What would be really nice is a way to specify a search criteria for the random albums or something like that. That way I could exclude things like comedy and Christmas music or other stuff that's in my library but I don't actively listen to. This is probably a lot more work, so I'll just mark it up to a "it would be really nice" feature.

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Cool, thanks! :)


Unfortunately, iTunes doesn't export the necessary information in the iTunes XML to discretely identify items as AudioBooks like you can with Podcasts, for example:

  <key>Track ID</key><integer>7945</integer>
  <key>Name</key><string>Alice in Wonderland (Unabridged)</string>
  <key>Artist</key><string>Lewis Carroll</string>
  <key>Album Artist</key><string>Lewis Carroll</string>
  <key>Album</key><string>Alice in Wonderland (Unabridged)</string>
  <key>Genre</key><string>Kids & Young Adults</string>
  <key>Kind</key><string>Protected AAC audio file</string>
  <key>Total Time</key><integer>9757904</integer>
  <key>Disc Number</key><integer>1</integer>
  <key>Disc Count</key><integer>1</integer>
  <key>Track Number</key><integer>1</integer>
  <key>Track Count</key><integer>1</integer>
  <key>Date Modified</key><date>2014-11-12T12:05:52Z</date>
  <key>Date Added</key><date>2014-11-12T12:05:44Z</date>
  <key>Bit Rate</key><integer>64</integer>
  <key>Sample Rate</key><integer>22050</integer>
  <key>Artwork Count</key><integer>1</integer>
  <key>Persistent ID</key><string>25E48DD2620AB032</string>
  <key>Track Type</key><string>File</string>
  <key>File Folder Count</key><integer>4</integer>
  <key>Library Folder Count</key><integer>1</integer>

Therefore, this won't be making it into the next update of Alfred as it requires a different and more holistic approach such as user specified filtering in Alfred's iTunes preferences.




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I see, thanks for the update!


As this topic also referred to playing random albums, it's worth mentioning that a really neat way to play random albums is within a genre.


To do this, type the name of the genre you want (e.g. Jazz), then press the return key twice (once to browse inside that genre, the second time to choose "Random jazz album") It allows you to pick a music style you want to hear, then lets Alfred do the rest :)

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