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How to go back to list view of songs in playlists on iTunes 12.6

Ask Different Asked by Kathryn on October 23, 2020

How do I get the old Songs list view within playlists on iTunes 12.6? Some of my playlists (whether old or new) are now showing up in the stupid huge list that shows the album cover and all kinds of extra crap, and I only have about 8 songs per screen that I can see at once without scrolling. How do I go back to just the text-only list view within individual playlists (not just the main library) in iTunes 12.6?

4 Answers

In iTunes using Mac, to make songs within a playlist in list view, simply click on the playlist you want, then click on View on the top menu, then click on As Songs, that gives you the list view.

Answered by Leigh Pan on October 23, 2020

I don't know how to change the default view mode for new playlists, but you can run a script like the one below in Script Editor to change the view mode of all existing playlists.

tell application "iTunes"
    repeat with p in user playlists
        set view of browser window 1 to p
        try
            tell application "System Events" to tell process "iTunes" to click menu item "Songs" of menu 1 of menu item "View As" of menu 1 of menu bar item "View" of menu bar 1
        end try
    end repeat
end tell

Without the try block the script above would exit with an error when it reaches a "special" playlist like the "Songs" view where the "View > View As > Songs" menu item does not exist. You can remove the try block if you replace user playlists with user playlists whose special kind is not none and smart is false. In my version of iTunes, tell application "iTunes" to name of user playlists whose special kind is not none returned {"Music", "Movies", "TV Shows", "Podcasts", "iTunes U", "Audiobooks", "Purchased"}.

I use a script like the one below to create most new playlists. It requires GNU xargs and readlink which you can install by running brew install findutils coreutils.

osascript -e'on run {a}
    set l to {}
    repeat with f in (get paragraphs of a)
        set end of l to POSIX file f
    end repeat
    tell application "iTunes"
        if number of l is 1 then
            tell application "Finder" to set n to name of (item 1 of l as alias)
            set p to make new user playlist with properties {name:n}
        else
            set p to make new user playlist
        end if
        with timeout of 0 seconds -- don't exit with an error if the add command takes over 20 seconds
            add l to p
        end
        set view of browser window 1 to p
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "iTunes"
            click menu item "Songs" of menu 1 of menu item "View As" of menu 1 of menu bar item "View" of menu bar 1
        end tell
    end tell
end run' "$(printf %s\n "${@-$(cat)}"|gxargs -rd\n greadlink -f)"

If the System Events application is not on the list of applications in "System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility", the script above results in an error like this: 636:751: execution error: System Events got an error: osascript is not allowed assistive access. (-1719).

Answered by nisetama on October 23, 2020

This has been frustrating me for years; how have they mimicked so many other (now standard) behaviors like navigation history, but not made views global?

Essentially the closest thing I've read (and implemented) to solving this is loading a fresh install of iTunes, and creating the first list, then setting it all the preference on it, then in the future all lists will actually inherit the settings of the original list.

Answered by brooklynsweb on October 23, 2020

View menu > View as.

Pick your favourite.
Playlist has 'mini covers' Songs is most minimal, text only.

Unfortunately, it's not a global setting, it's per playlist.

Answered by Tetsujin on October 23, 2020

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