Tag: iTunes

Powershell iTunes v1

Powershell iTunesIn the last days I worked with Powershell and ComObjects. It turned out that iTunes is a really good exmaple for using ComObjects with Powershell, thats why I wrote this little Script.
Powershell iTunes is a Powershell script which lets you control iTunes over Powershell.

Howto:

  1. Download Powershellitunes.zip
  2. Extract the Files where ever you wanna save the powershell script
  3. Run the script
    Powershell iTunes
  4. Now you can run the Powershell Cmdlets

Powershell iTunes Commands:

  • Start-iTunes
  • Close-iTunes
  • Play-Track
  • Pause-Track
  • Resume-Track
  • Back-Track
  • Next-Track
  • Mute-Track
  • Unmute-Track
  • Show-iTunesVersion
  • Set-VolumeDown
  • Set-VolumeUp
  • Set-Volume

The Script:

#
#*****************************************************************
#
# Powershell iTunes v1 $Rev: 754 $
# (c) 2004-2010 Thomas Maurer. All rights reserved.
# created by Thomas Maurer
#
# https://www.thomasmaurer.ch
# https://www.thomasmaurer.ch/projects 
#
# last Update by $Author: tmaurer $ on $Date: 2010-11-24 07:50:06 +0100 (Mi, 24 Nov 2010) $
#
# Version 1.0.1
#
#*****************************************************************
#
 
# Welcome													
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "    ____                               __         ____            " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "   / __ \____ _      _____  __________/ /_  ___  / / /            " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "  / /_/ / __ \ | /| / / _ \/ ___/ ___/ __ \/ _ \/ / /             " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host " / ____/ /_/ / |/ |/ /  __/ /  (__  ) / / /  __/ / /              " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "/_/    \____/|__/|__/\___/_/  /____/_/ /_/\___/_/_/               " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White                    
Write-Host "    _ ______                                                      " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "   (_)_  __/_  ______  ___  _____                                 " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "  / / / / / / / / __ \/ _ \/ ___/                                 " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host " / / / / / /_/ / / / /  __(__  )                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "/_/ /_/  \__,_/_/ /_/\___/____/                                   " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White                                 
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "******************************************************************" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host " Welcome to the Powershell iTunes                                 " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host " (c) 2010 Thomas Maurer www.thomasmaurer.ch/projects              " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "******************************************************************" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host " for Help use the Get-PSiTunesHelp                                " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
Write-Host "                                                                  " -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
 
# Add ComObjects to $iTunes
$iTunes = New-Object -ComObject iTunes.Application
 
 
# Function to start itunes
function Start-iTunes { 
    process {
 
		$iTunesRunning = Get-Process | Where-Object {$_.ProcessName -eq "iTunes"}
		if(!$iTunesRunning) {
			$script:iTunes = New-Object -ComObject iTunes.Application
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes started" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green
		} 
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes allready running" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to close itunes
function Close-iTunes { 
    process {
 
		$iTunesRunning = Get-Process | Where-Object {$_.ProcessName -eq "iTunes"}
		if(!$iTunesRunning) {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes not running" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		} 
		else {
			Stop-Process $iTunesRunning.Id
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes closed" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to play a song
function Play-Track { 
    process {
		if ($iTunes.Playerstate -eq "0"){
			$iTunes.Play()
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Now playing:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green
		} 
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Already playing Track:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to stop a song
function Pause-Track { 
    process {
        if ($iTunes.Playerstate -eq "1"){
			$iTunes.Pause()	
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes paused" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor Red
		}
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Not playing any track" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to resume a song
function Resume-Track { 
    process {
    	if ($iTunes.Playerstate -eq "0"){ 
			$iTunes.Play()
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Now playing:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green
		}
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Already playing Track:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to go a song back
function Back-Track { 
    process { 
	$iTunes.BackTrack()
	Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Now playing:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green	
	}
}
 
# Function to go to the next
function Next-Track { 
    process {   
	$iTunes.NextTrack()
	Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Now playing:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green	
	}
}
 
# Function to get infos about the current track
function Get-CurrentTrack { 
    process {    
	Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Currently playing:" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Name "from" $iTunes.CurrentTrack.Artist -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White
	}
}
 
# Function to mute itunes
function Mute-iTunes { 
    process {
        if($itunes.Mute -eq $false) {
			$itunes.Mute = $true
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes muted" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor Red
		}
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes already muted" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to unmute itunes
function Unmute-iTunes { 
    process {
    	if($itunes.Mute -eq $true) {
			$itunes.Mute = $false
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes unmuted" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green
		}
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes already unmuted" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to set iTunes volume up
function Set-VolumeUP { 
    process {
		if($iTunes.SoundVolume -lt 100) {
			$iTunes.SoundVolume = $iTunes.SoundVolume + 2
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes Volume" $iTunes.SoundVolume -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green	
		}	
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes Volume is already 100%" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}	
	}
}
 
# Function to set iTunes volume down
function Set-VolumeDown { 
    process {
		if($iTunes.SoundVolume -gt 0) {
			$iTunes.SoundVolume = $iTunes.SoundVolume - 2
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes Volume" $iTunes.SoundVolume -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red	
		}	
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes Volume is already 0%" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to set iTunes
function Set-Volume { 
	param (
		[int]$Volume 
	)
    process {
		if($Volume -ge 0 -and $Volume -le 100) {
			$iTunes.SoundVolume = $Volume
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes Volume" $iTunes.SoundVolume -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor green	
		}	
		else {
			Write-Host "(PS iTunes): Volume has to be 0-100" -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor red
		}
	}
}
 
# Function to show the Version of iTunes
function Show-iTunesVersion { 
    process {
	Write-Host "(PS iTunes): iTunes Version" $iTunes.version -BackgroundColor Black -ForegroundColor White	
	}
}
 
# Function to show the Version of iTunes
function get-PSiTunesHelp { 
    process {
	Write-Host " "
	Write-Host " Powershell iTunes Help"
	Write-Host " "	
	Write-Host "********************************************************"	
	Write-Host " "
	Write-Host " Commands"
	Write-Host " "
	Write-Host " Start-iTunes			Starts iTunes"
	Write-Host " Close-iTunes			Closes iTunes"
	Write-Host " Play-Track			Plays a iTunes Track"
	Write-Host " Pause-Track			Pauses a iTunes Track"
	Write-Host " Resume-Track			Resumes a iTunes Track"
	Write-Host " Back-Track			Go to the last iTunes Track"
	Write-Host " Next-Track			Plays next iTunes Track"
	Write-Host " Mute-Track			Mutes iTunes"
	Write-Host " Unmute-Track			Unmutes iTunes"	
	Write-Host " Show-iTunesVersion		Shows iTunes Version"
	Write-Host " Set-VolumeDown			Set Volume Down"
	Write-Host " Set-VolumeUp			Set Volume Up"
	Write-Host " Set-Volume			Set iTunes Volume (0-100)"
	}
}

I released this here: https://www.thomasmaurer.ch/projects/powershell-itunes/



Still love my iPad

iPad

I still love my iPad. Now I really start to work with it. It keeps my life simple and easy.

First I start with a daily briefing with my todos (Things) and events for today. I also read a lot of news with my Google Reader app (Newsrack) which also syncs with my iPhone, so I always see whats new around the tech world.

Through the day I need it to get quick information about tech or other stuff. I also use it for social networks like facebook, twitter and so on.

iPad iTap RDP

With Apps like iTap RDP I can use it to control Windows Server in our Datacenter and create and read notes with Evernote. There is also a pretty cool Powershell Guide for the iPhone and the iPad called iPowershell.

iPadAt home I use it as a Remote Controller for iTunes, my Dreambox and other things. And if I have a moment i don’t need it, I use it as a Picture frame.

Important to note, the iPad does not replace my notebook or my iPhone, but there are a lot of new things, I never thought about I could do this way.



Restore iPhone Backups from Time Machine

After my iPhone crashed with a new beta firmware I could boot it again. So I restore it and did some mistakes (stupid things happen). I lost my last backup from my iPhone. But I could restore it by using Time Machine.

I just restored the folders from yesterday in:

Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

And everything was fine again.

Maybe you want to merge some backups or somethings like that. This could help you.