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SDK for non-visualizer iTunes plug-in?
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EmmEff
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May 20, 2005, 11:30 AM
 
Is there such a thing? I cannot find anything at http://developer.apple.com.

I want to create an "extension" to iTunes that starts with iTunes. I need to do more than AppleScript will allow.
     
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May 20, 2005, 11:50 AM
 
Although the old SoundJam SDK may still work, Apple has jealously guarded the plug-in functionality for anything other than visualizers. Nobody knows why they do this, but most of the non-visual plugins have required a lot of hard work and reverse engineering, and Apple Legal tends to go after anyone who tries it.

I believe this to be a foolish move on Apple's part, but I don't work for them, so I'm not exactly in a position to make decisions.
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May 20, 2005, 11:54 AM
 
Hmmm... not familiar with SoundJam, but I understand that was iTunes before it was iTunes?

I understand there was a plug-in that took music from an iPod that Apple quickly put the hammer down on, but my plug-in wouldn't be anything malicious or illegal. It's a shame that one of Apple's flagship apps is so "closed".

Thanks for the info. I'll see what I can find. I have no intention of entering the reverse engineering fray for the sake of a fun little project.
     
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May 20, 2005, 02:41 PM
 
If you want to do a codec, there is a system API for that. Just in case that's it.
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May 20, 2005, 03:13 PM
 
No, it's not a codec, more like a playlist "helper" app that does extra stuff.
     
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May 20, 2005, 05:19 PM
 
Your only option is to contact DTS and see what they suggest.
     
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May 20, 2005, 05:24 PM
 
Would you happen to know what email address at apple.com would be most suitable? Obviously [email protected] is for actual technical support. I am not paying $195 US to ask them if they have an iTunes SDK. I don't need to know that badly

Thanks.
     
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May 27, 2005, 07:14 AM
 
You may have thought of this already but just in case: Are any of the existing plug-ins open source? Might be worth a look to see how they do it if they are.
     
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May 27, 2005, 12:58 PM
 
That is actually the first thing I looked for, but thanks for the suggestion just the same
     
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May 27, 2005, 01:43 PM
 
Since Apple keeps the stuff under lock and key, making it open source would likely violate an NDA.
     
   
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