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Hey @gingerbeardman. The workflow is really great!


However, I have one problem: 


When I am searching for song/artists/albums the results in Alfred work great. If, however, I hit the first option "Search Apple Music for songs matching <some name>", Apple Music opens and displays a spinning wheel loading animation in the middle of the screen which never ends.




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Interesting! I don't have time to fix - paid work takes precedence at the moment - but it should be simple enough to track down the correct URL for that type of search.

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I was not able to find that URL easily, though I have no expertise in that. If I fix it in the future, I will post the updated URL here. 


Removing the "app=music" shows iTunes Store results in Apple Music.


Maybe the Apple Music API can help?



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On 8/30/2019 at 8:15 AM, gingerbeardman said:


Sure thing! I've added Artist search to both iTunes Music Store and Apple Music workflows.


Downloads: https://www.gingerbeardman.com/alfred/


If you find this useful, please leave a donation via the button on my site.


Support open-source software ❤️





I'm kinda new to Alfred. How do I use this Apple Music workflow?

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  1. have Alfred with Powerpack
  2. install Workflow
  3. look at commands listed in Workflow (artist, album, song, etc)
  4. summon Alfred
  5. type command from earlier (artist, album, song, etc)


Note, this is an old workflow so requires one of the following folders to be present to work.

  • ~/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred-3/Workflow Data
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Alfred 3/Workflow Data
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This is a great idea. For what it's worth, I'd definitely donate if you ever upgrade this to work with Catalina (totally get your aversion to it, but it came installed on my new machine so I went with it).


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seems only artist is working in the latest edition of that workflow? song and album return errors.

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Stumbled over this post and ran into the same issues that other users have mentioned when running macOS Catalina 10.15.


After running the debug I saw a duplicate error showing a missing directory, so as an experiment, I ran the following in Terminal:


mkdir ~/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred-3/ && mkdir ~/Library/Caches/com.runningwithcrayons.Alfred-3/Workflow\ Data/

This created the directory where the python script returns album thumbnails from the Album & Song search commands.


Additionally since Catalina replaces iTunes.app with Music.app, I went through the three python scripts and archived some of the URL scheme that Music doesn't seem to need. I bumped up the workflow version to 2.1 for tracking purposes.


Search Apple Music.alfredworkflow [Google Drive]


Thanks to all the creators who have put this together!


Pro-Tip: Update Line 19/20 in the artist, album, and song python scripts to your country code to improve search results with images.

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