July 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM by Dr. Drang
So, like all the other cool internet kids (in the US), you went off and got yourself a Spotify account today. Me too. I don’t see it replacing iTunes on my office computer, mainly because I hate making playlists and don’t know how to get Spotify to do the equivalent of iTunes’ smart playlists (or Pandora’s “music DNA” thing). I will give it a try on my Macbook Air, though, because its “hard drive” is too small to keep an iTunes library on.
One thing I was curious about was whether the Spotify application for the Mac had a decent AppleScript library, because I’d want to have the current track information appearing on my Desktop, just as I have for iTunes at work. As it happens, Spotify has an excellent AppleScript library that mirrors the relevant commands of the iTunes AS library. So I set about making a set of scripts I could have NerdTool run to show the track and album art on my Desktop.
It took about ten minutes to write the scripts. Well, write may be too strong a word for what I did. Basically, I made copies of the track info and album art scripts I wrote for iTunes and modified them to work with Spotify. I wouldn’t say the modifications were simply a matter of
s/iTunes/Spotify/g, but it wasn’t much more complicated than that.
Here’s the script that prints the artist, track, and album info. I call it
spotify-playing.scpt and keep it in my
1: on run 2: set info to "" 3: tell application "System Events" 4: set num to count (every process whose name is "Spotify") 5: end tell 6: if num > 0 then 7: tell application "Spotify" 8: if player state is playing then 9: set who to artist of current track 10: set what to name of current track 11: set onwhat to album of current track 12: set info to "“" & what & "”" & " by " & who & " 13: " & "from " & onwhat 14: end if 15: end tell 16: end if 17: return info 18: end run
I have NerdTool run it every 10 seconds through the command
Here’s the script for getting the album artwork from Spotify and saving it to an image file that NerdTool can access and display. It’s called
spotify-art.scpt and is also kept in
1: -- Paths and stuff 2: set ArtworkFromSpotify to ((path to home folder) as text) & ¬ 3: "Pictures:Spotify Artwork:From Spotify:albumArt.tiff" as alias 4: set SpotifyArtwork to ((path to home folder) as text) & ¬ 5: "Pictures:Spotify Artwork:From Spotify:albumArt.tiff" 6: set DefaultArtwork to ((path to home folder) as text) & ¬ 7: "Pictures:Spotify Artwork:Default:albumArt.tiff" 8: set displayArtwork to ((path to home folder) as text) & ¬ 9: "Pictures:Spotify Artwork:albumArt.tiff" 10: 11: -- Unix versions of the above path strings 12: set unixSpotifyArtwork to the quoted form of POSIX path of SpotifyArtwork 13: set unixDefaultArtwork to the quoted form of POSIX path of DefaultArtwork 14: set unixDisplayArtwork to the quoted form of POSIX path of displayArtwork 15: 16: set whichArt to "blank" 17: tell application "System Events" 18: if exists process "Spotify" then -- Spotify is running 19: tell application "Spotify" 20: if player state is playing then -- Spotify is playing 21: set aTrack to current track 22: set aTrackArtwork to null 23: 24: set aTrackArtwork to artwork of aTrack 25: set fileRef to ¬ 26: (open for access ArtworkFromSpotify with write permission) 27: try 28: write aTrackArtwork to fileRef 29: close access fileRef 30: on error errorMsg 31: try 32: close access fileRef 33: end try 34: error errorMsg 35: end try 36: 37: tell application "Finder" to ¬ 38: set creator type of ArtworkFromSpotify to "????" 39: 40: set whichArt to "Spotify" 41: end if 42: end tell 43: end if 44: end tell 45: 46: if whichArt is "Spotify" then 47: do shell script "ditto -rsrc " & unixSpotifyArtwork & space & unixDisplayArtwork 48: else 49: do shell script "ditto -rsrc " & unixDefaultArtwork & space & unixDisplayArtwork 50: end if
This script assumes I have a set of nested folders in my
~/Pictures folder arranged this way.
NerdTool displays the
albumArt.tiff file in the
Spotify Artwork directory. The contents of that file are controlled by
spotify-art.scpt and depend on whether Spotify is playing or not.
If Spotify is playing, the script
- saves the track’s album art in the
From Spotifysubfolder (Lines 24-29), and
- copies the image file in
Spotify Artwork(Line 47).
If Spotify isn’t playing, the script copies the image file in
Spotify Artwork (Line 49). The image in
Default is a 1×1 transparent TIFF, so if Spotify isn’t playing the Desktop shows through.
I have NerdTool run this script every 10 seconds through the command
The Spotify people deserve praise for including a complete and useful set of AppleScript commands. Cross-platform applications often leave that out.