Automator: Connect iTunes network music server

One of my favorite features in OS X is Automator, a clever way to expedite routine tasks.

Since I maintain my entire iTunes library on a network music server, one of my most routine tasks was connecting to the music server and then launching iTunes. On average, it's a process that took me… eh, about a billion clicks. (OK, maybe not a billion, but enough to be annoying.) But now – thanks to Automator – connecting to the music server and launching iTunes is a one-click job.

How did I set up Automator to connect to my iTunes network music server? Glad you asked!

  1. Launch Automator and create a new workflow.
  2. From the Applications list, select Finder.
  3. Select "Get Specified Servers" from the Actions list, adding my network music folder.
  4. Add the "Connect to Servers" action and ensure the "Use Results from Previous Action" URL option is selected.
  5. Add the "Launch Application" action, selecting iTunes and ensure the "Use Results from Previous Action" URL option is selected.
  6. Save the Workflow as an Application.

That's it! Of course, this works for me because of my particular network arrangement. As they say, your milage may vary! 🙂

And, for even more effortless tune-age, I've added my Automator application to my dock, replacing the default iTunes icon.

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