Tweak iTunes To Show Songs In Music Library, Not The Store [OS X Tips]

Tweak iTunes To Show Songs In Music Library, Not The Store [OS X Tips]

If you’ve ever clicked on the Ping menu next to a song you have selected in iTunes, you’ll have noticed the option to Like or Post via Ping. You may have also noticed the option to show the song, the artist, or the genre of the currently selected song in the iTunes Music Store. But what if you want to find all the songs by that artist in your own iTunes library? Today’s tip shows you how, with a little bit of Terminal magic.

Be sure to quit iTunes first, then launch Terminal from the Utilities folder, which is located inside the Applications folder. Once launched, type or paste in the following:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes invertStoreLinks -bool YES

Now when you click on the Ping button, you’ll see “Show in iTunes Library,” instead of store, and iTunes will switch to a column view to list your choice, whether you chose to see all songs from the artist, the album, or the genre of the current song.

If you want to put it all back the way it was, then simply replace YES with NO, above, and all will be well (be sure to quit iTunes before you issue any Terminal commands like this).

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  • petebocken

    You can also just hold down the option key while clicking the ping (or arrow if ping is disabled) to show in itunes library.  This terminal command just toggles the default behaviour.

  • Rob LeFebvre

    Thanks, Pete – that’s pretty handy. I gave it a shot with the command above enabled (it says “Show in iTunes Library) with the option key held down, and it toggles it back to “Show in iTunes Store.” Pretty slick. I like it this way, better, since I more often want to use what’s in my library than hop to something in the store. Nice to know you can get to the store with the option key. 

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