iTunes 8, the new media player signed Apple, introduces grid browsing. The principle is to display the jackets of your albums but also specific jackets for a classification by genre (pop, rock, film music, etc.). In the event that a genre is not supported, an album jacket will appear. How to add genre jackets? Can one change the ones present by default? Answers in this tutorial.
In iTunes 8, grid browsing now takes on a prominent place and, in my opinion, will be even more successful than CoverFlow.
Very powerful, this display mode by jacket allows you to classify your music library — also available for your movies, podcasts, etc., by albums, artists, genres and composers.
In addition, a ruler allows you to choose a zoom level according to your desires. Very useful, for example, to get a global overview of his library!
But there is still a problem. Indeed, some genre jackets are not present natively what is really boring... similarly, there is a way to customise the default ones!
Addition of jackets of non-existent genres
Open the folder C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.Resources then locate the file Genres.plist.
As a precaution, make a backup copy!
Take, for example, a non-existent genre: the French variety, a genus present in the iTunes Store — I rely only on genera present in their index.
Just open the file Genres.plist with the Notepad although I don't advise you. Prefer Notepad++ or Dreamweaver this will allow you to add much more easily the necessary piece of code without making mistakes.
To add a new genre, copy/paste the highlighted code after the previous one.
Then replace the information with the information you are interested in, i.e. in our example:
- Enter French variety — the genus is to be entered in lowercase and accents are allowed, between tags ‘STRING’ ;
- Specify the name of the.jpg file — so very convenient to create your own images or search them on the Internet, again between the tags ‘STRING’ the second line;
Save the file and open iTunes 8. A new jacket was created:
Modification of existing types of jackets
To do this, simply repeat the previous steps regarding the information to be changed and apply it for a particular gender.
So look for a genre to be changed using the command Ctrl + F — be careful, not all are francised, then operate the modifications.
Save the file and see the result in iTunes 8.
Personally, I find this display by grid — especially the one by genre, very friendly. Maybe we'll soon find jacket packs for different genres? If anyone wants to create a pack, I'm ready to publish it here without delay!
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