You might ask, why would I ever need to edit the play count of a song? That’s a valid question and this function is probably reserved for the more anal iTunes user but let me give you an example. Sometimes I begin listening to an artist through a ‘Best of’ Album. After a while I realise that I LOVE them and I decide to graduate to their studio albums. Now it annoys me to no end that the songs that I have been listening to on repeat on the Best of albums have no plays on the actual studio albums.
Yes, I’m that pathetic.
If you’re my kinda guy/gal here’s how you add a little script to iTunes to edit the play count of a song. I found the script on the Apple Forums so I thought I would share it here.
Scroll to the bottom if you’re …
** on a Windows machine.
** looking to change the play count of multiple tracks to one value I customised the script.
** you’ve just updated to Catalina.
1. Download the following file:
It should look like this:
2. Now save it in the follow directory:
Users > [User] > Library > iTunes > Scripts (create this folder if it doesn’t already exist)
**The name of the file is what will appear in your iTunes services Menu, I named mine ‘Change Play Count’ as you can see from the file name.
(Untitled is the name of my hard drive and chikaboo is the name of my user)
**If you can’t find your Library folder, when you’re in finder select ‘Go’ in the menu bar and hold down the alt/option key at the same time, it will appear in the list of folders.
3. Ta dah, you will now see the option in the scripts menu of iTunes! Just select a song and type in the number
** WINDOWS UPDATE 21/05/2018
If you’re on a Windows machine, someone contacted me with an application they made: https://github.com/CDEngineer/iTunesDataEditor/releases. Some instructions from the creator:
In a nutshell, you create a playlist with the songs you want to edit, fire this tool, select that playlist and then you have a grid with all the songs, double click the play count and change it, when you press ENTER it is saved to the iTunes library.
Thank you Mistico!
** MULTIPLE TRACKS UPDATE 06/11/2018
Someone requested the the script make it possible for you to select multiple tracks and change their play count value at one go. I have adapted the below script for that purpose. The process for installing it is the same as above.
** CATALINA UPDATE 09/10/2019
Someone has alerted me to the fact that iTunes has been removed in the latest macOS Catalina. I don’t know how I am going to cope with that – I am likely going to wait till my current 2015 Mac has COMPLETELY died before succumbing to this tragedy. Anyway for now I have done some research and I believe the script should still work with a few changes.
1. Download the same script (button below)
2. Open it with the ‘Script Editor’ App and change ‘iTunes’ in the first line to ‘Music’ (unfortunately I couldn’t do this for you because I don’t have the app on my computer)
3. Now save/move this file to:
Users > [User] > Library > Music > Scripts (create this folder if it doesn’t already exist)
Basically the same as before but changing all the ‘iTunes’ references to ‘Music’!