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The "Known iTunes Plugins" Directory
A "Sticky" Compiled by azdude_15gb
Last Updated 02-20-04

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For many of the plug-ins below, you simply install by placing the *.dll file in the /Plug-Ins/ directory of your iTunes program file. If you do not have a /Plug-Ins/ directory, create one.

By no means is this a comprehensive list. If you would like to submit a new or updated link, simply reply to this post, USING THE FOLLOWING VBCODE TEMPLATE:

vBCode Template for Future Additions

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Development
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Apple Plug-in SDK
Type: Development
Price: Free
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This SDK contains the files necessary for iTunes Visual Plug-ins development for iTunes for Windows, and includes documentation and sample code. Specifically, this SDK contains "iTunesAPI.h", "iTunesVisualAPI.h", and "iTunesAPI.c" that developers will use to develop their own Plug-ins. This Windows SDK includes a sample project for Visual Studio 6.

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Visualization
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G-Force
Type: Visualization
Price: Free / $10 for Gold
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G-Force is an audio visualization plug-in for media players and can also visualize auxiliary or "line-in" audio. G-Force features fast anti-aliased effects, millions of possible effect combinations, savable and scriptable effects, video file export capabilities, and unparalleled expandability. G-Force is designed to entertain you on its own, but there are manys it can be customized and extended.

WhiteCap
Type: Visualization
Price: Free
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WhiteCap is a real-time music visualization plug-in for media players and can also visualize auxiliary or "line-in" audio. WhiteCap features more than 180 effects, a morphing slideshow, savable and scriptable effects, video file export capabilities, control over specific effects, and expandability. WhiteCap was designed to be visually engaging, never showing the same thing twice while allowing you to customize, control, and script it if you so desire.

OpenGL iTunes visualization plugin
Type: Visualization
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Short Feature Description iTunes for Windows visualization plugin that does all its rendering using OpenGL.


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Utility
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iTunesOnTop
Type: Utility
Price: Free
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iTunesOnTop addresses the number one whinge levelled against the otherwise excellent iTunes for Windows : "why won't it stay always on top like winamp does?"

It's a visualisation plug-in that will force iTunes to stay on top when it's in it's small player mode._ As an added bonus you don't need to make it the active visulization or otherwise enable it._ This is kind of fortunate since the visualization it does would induce epilepsy (blame the Apple SDK sample code).


Mplugin
Type: Multi-purpose
Price: Free
Download Link
Winrar required for file extraction.
Features:
-Minimize to Tray
-Always-on-top (without display in Alt-tab)
-Skin the titlebar for the "Mac Look" - compatibility with ObjectBar
-Skin equalizer
-TXT Output of song data
-Much... much... much... more. Check it out!


OGG Vorbis Playback
Type: Playback
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A QuickTime plug-in that seems to magically allow iTunes to play OGG Vorbis files.

MyTunes
Type: Utility
Download Link <--- Website down. Apple Legal action (?!?) Who knows. Search Google... it's out there.
Allows local saving of iTunes songs streamed from Local Networks via iTunes Rendezvous. Not really a "plug-in," but extremely useful.

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Web
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Listen-to
Type: Web
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Register on Listen-to. Install the appropriate Plug-in.
Listen-to will allow you to publish data about the music you are currently listening to, live, to the web. It offers several formats in which you can do so.


Now Playing
Type: Web
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iTunes allow you to create plug-ins that can do various tasks for you. The Now Playing plug-in monitors the song you are listening to and publishes the data in various ways.

1. Creates a XML file with information on that song. A file called now_playing.xml is created in your iTunes Plug-ins directory.
2. The plug-in also offers you the ability to FTP/SFTP that file to a server of your choosing after its updated.
3. Create a TrackBack ping with the song information.

The idea is that you publish the XML up to your web server and then through some scripting magic, you can display your currently playing song. The plug-in supports publishing the current song, as well as a variable number of the most recently played songs.


WMPTuneLog
Type: Web
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The creators of the fantastic Zempt blogging tool has created a fantastic new plugin for iTunes for Windows, that lets you display what you're playing in blog posts.

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Audioscrobbler

AudioScrobbler for iTunes/Win
Type: Web
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"Audioscrobbler is a computer system that builds up a detailed profile of your musical taste. After installing an Audioscrobbler Plugin, your computer sends the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler Server.

With this information, the Audioscrobbler server builds you a 'Musical Profile'. Statistics from your Musical Profile are shown on your Audioscrobbler User Page, available for everyone to view."

The system is Open Source and data available under the Creative Commons licence.
 

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Is there any news on an update or replacement for MyTunes to Itunes 4.5?
 

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Now Playing: An iTunes for Windows Plug-in

iTunes allow you to create plug-ins that can do various tasks for you. The Now Playing plug-in monitors the song you are listening to and publishes the data in various ways.

1. Creates a XML file with information on that song. A file called now_playing.xml is created in your iTunes Plug-ins directory.
2. The plug-in also offers you the ability to FTP/SFTP that file to a server of your choosing after its updated.
3. Create a TrackBack ping with the song information.

The idea is that you publish the XML up to your web server and then through some scripting magic, you can display your currently playing song. The plug-in supports publishing the current song, as well as a variable number of the most recently played songs.

http://brandon.fuller.name/archives/hacks/nowplaying/
 

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Impressive plug-in, Brandon... Nice Job!

Add image creation to your plug-in, (for forum signatures), and it will become the listen-to of the future. Listen-to.com is on its way out, and a solution that doesn't involve a server/service of any kind will be VERY nice! Thanks again!
 

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Add image creation to your plug-in, (for forum signatures), and it will become the listen-to of the future.
Please elaborate. Do you mean that you want the plug-in to automatically generate an image file (.gif, .png, etc.) that could be uploaded to a server. The image would have a picture of the album cover and the title of the song, etc. inside of it.

Is that what you are after?
 

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Many of our forum members like to put a dynamically-updated image file (yes-- .jpg, .gif) in their signatures which contain what they're listening to at the moment.

Here's an example:
[img=http://images.listen-to.com/png.php/iTunes/azdude][/img]

or

[img=http://images.listen-to.com/png.php/3/azdude][/img]

But, Listen-to.com (The service currently offering this for many media players) is going offline soon. Many will be looking for a replacement.

Until they go offline, feel free to join, download the plug-in, and see the various features that their service offers.
 

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Now Playing: An iTunes for Windows Plug-in

Cool. That is easy with PHP. Just a few dozen lines. You can use the GD funtions to create an image.

I don't use this on my site but, for example, I wrote some PHP that retrieves the album cover art from Amazon and then merges it with the album, artist and song title to form one .jpeg image.

This could easily be extended to create a playlist if you wanted.

Here is a sample:
 

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Neato!!

I realize forum signatures aren't the *only* application of this feature, but if you'd like to make a template/sample code for forum members to use, the image file must be 300(W) x 50(H) pixels or less.

Awesome job... you're good! I wish I had the time to learn programming/php... Fun stuff!
 

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blahblah said:
Is there any news on an update or replacement for MyTunes to Itunes 4.5?
Not, at least, from the same author. CowPimp Software lost the only copy of the source code in a Windows crash and is not interested in re-developing it.
 

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I heard about that. Is there any news on a replacement though? Living at college, mytunes comes in handy.
 

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There are several similar programs for the Mac, but *nothing* has popped up in place of MyTunes on the PC. :( I'm waiting as eagerly as you. DEVELOPERS?
 
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