Rogue Amoeba has been a big name in consumer audio software for Mac OS X since their inception. One of their biggest apps is an application for streaming audio to the web from your Mac called Nicecast. I sometimes use Nicecast to stream audio to friends and relatives, and it’s very good software.
There’s one thing that annoys me, though: Nicecast doesn’t automatically update the stream you send with the artist and track title, so your listeners don’t know what they’re hearing unless they’ve either heard it before or ask you. Luckily for us, this is OS X, and that means we have access to Applescript.
Cutting to the chase: copy and paste the code below into Applescript Editor (Located in the Applications → Utilities folder on your hard drive) and save it somewhere. Line-wraps are marked ¬, which should be removed from your copy/pasted code.
property sleepTime : 10 repeat tell application "iTunes" try if not (exists current track) then return set this_artist to (get artist of current track) set this_track to (get name of current track) end try end tell tell application "Finder" try set current_user to do shell script "whoami" set the_file to "/Users/" & current_user & ¬ "Library/Application Support/Nicecast/NowPlaying.txt" set eof of the_file to 0 write ("Artist: " & this_artist & return & "Title: " & ¬ this_track) to the_file end try end tell do shell script "/bin/sleep " & sleepTime end repeat
The script updates your NowPlaying.txt file every 10 seconds (you can change that setting by modifying the
sleepTime property), until you tell it to stop by hitting the “Stop” button in Applescript Editor.
If you found this script useful, a donation would make me feel pretty good about this use of my time.