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MediaMonkey Export to iTunes library.xml

Based on the original script posted by "DC" on the MediaMonkey forum to export to SqueezeCenter:

http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=31680

Primary use-case for this script is to export the MediaMonkey library/playlists for use in Native Instruments TraktorDJ: as bridge to DJ software.

Tested Versions:

Software Version OS Note
Media Monkey Gold 4.1.20.1864 4.1.21.1875 Windows 10 OK
Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 2.11.3.17 Windows 10 OK
Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 2.11.3.17 MacOS Sierra tracks / playlists read OK, file location needs to be updated/remapped
Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 3.0.1 Windows 10 OK
Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 3.0.1 MacOS Sierra tracks / playlists read OK, file location needs to be updated/remapped
Mixxx 2.0.0_x64 2.1.3_x64 2.1.4_x64 Windows 10 OK
Virtual DJ 8.3 b4459 (2018) Windows 10 OK
Serato DJ Pro 2.0.3 + Windows 10 OK
Pioneer Recordbox DJ 5.4.0 Windows 10 OK
Plex Linux file location needs to be updated/remapped
Musicbee 3.2.6827 Windows OK

Reports on compatibility/issues with other software / versions welcome.

Installation

Install the ExportITunesXML.mmip as MediaMonkey extension.

Build the binary from sources or download from the repository: https://github.com/fvdpol/MM-ExportITunesLibraryXml/releases/latest

Default file location for the generated "iTunes Music Library.xml" file is in same location where the MediaMonkey database is stored. On Windows 10 this is typically the %APPDATA%\MediaMonkey directory.

Configuration

A number of settings that were initially harcoded / configured in the script can (since version 1.6.2) be managed via the MediaMonkey Options dialog.

Navigate to Tools menu -> Options, and open the "Export to iTunes XML configuration dialog within the Library section.

Setting Description
Filename The file name for the exported iTunes Music Library XML file.
If blank/empty the default value of iTunes Music Library.xml will be used.
Directory The directory where the iTunes Music Library XML file will be stored.
If blank/empty this will be initialised to the default location. On Windows 10 this is typically the %APPDATA%\MediaMonkey\ directory.
Export at Shutdown If option is set the iTunes library xml will be exported when MediaMonkey is closed.
Default is off.
Periodic Export If option is set the iTunes library xml will be exported every 60 minutes.
Default is off.
Exclude export of Playlists If option is set the iTunes library xml will only contain the tracks; the playlists will be excluded.
Default is off.

Note: Serato expects the xml file to be available in the original location where iTunes stores the file, which is typically in C: \Users\{user}\Music\iTunes\

Nested playlists, Folders and Traktor

Apple iTunes and MediaMonkey handle nested playlists / folders in a different way. Due to this difference the result in applications like Native Instruments Traktor may sometimes not be what one expects.

iTunes:

  • Playlists can be 'manual' playlists or auto playlist using some rules -- similar to MediaMonkey
  • Folders are a special object that can contain playlists or folders. in the XML the folder contains the contents of all children

MediaMonkey:

  • Playlists can be 'manual' playlists or auto playlist using some rules -- similar to iTunes
  • Playlists can be nested: a playlist can contain tracks (as per above) but also child playlists

The main difference is that in iTunes a folder will always show the contents of all folders and/or playlists underneath, while MediaMonkey can have parent playlists that are empty or contain something different.

Workaround

To emulate the iTunes folders in MediaMonkey following construct can be applied in MediaMonkey:

  • Create an Auto Playlist that will serve as folder
  • Move/add the child playlists under this Auto Playlist
  • Set the rule (advanced tab) 'is playlist' and checkmark the child playlists

If you select the "Folder" Auto Playlist you should see all tracks from the child playlists. Traktor should recognise this as folder and show folder with the child playlists underneath.

Note that Native Instruments Traktor is known to ignore / filter-out playlists that do not contain any tracks. A work-around could be to include a dummy track.

Script Debugging

For better/easier debugging on the script a messages can be logged to the MediaMonkey debug facility using the DebugMsg(string) function. To view the output

Version History

Version 1.6.4

Released on November 25, 2018

  • add feature/option to exclude the playlist section in the generated xml file
  • add DebugMsg() function and support framework
  • suppress Anti Malware Scan Interface AMSI_ATTRIBUTE_CONTENT_NAME Error 0x80070490
  • resizable Options dialog
  • add file and directory browser in the Options dialog
  • restructure Options dialog, create logical grouping for settings

Version 1.6.3

Released on November 16, 2018

  • reorder xml fields to (better) match iTunes format
  • add Persistent ID for compatibility with Serato DJ
  • add Grouping in export
  • add dummy Library Persistent ID to the header for compatibility with Pioneer Recordbox DJ
  • mark playlists that have sub-playlists as 'folder' (for compatibility with Pioneer Recordbox DJ)
  • add Play Date in Apple Numeric format (seconds since 1/1/1904)

Version 1.6.2

Released on September 17, 2018

  • Added Options dialog
  • Dynamically configurable options for export at shutdown and periodic export
  • Dynamically configurable filename and directory
  • Refactor logic to write playlists:
    • correctly handle playlists with duplicate names
    • export using same sort order as MediaMonkey
    • export parent before children (as per iTunes behaviour)

Version 1.6.1

Released on August 25, 2018

  • Improved utf-8 unicode handling; support for utf-16 surrogate pairs

Version 1.6

Released on june 20, 2018

  • Migrated report to a standard script
  • Added MediaMonkey package installer (ExportItunesXML.mmip)
  • Added auto-update of script from GitHub repository

Version 1.5

Released on June 14, 2018

Version 1.4

Released on June 6, 2018

  • Fixed: Traktor failing import due to invalid characters in xml (& -> &); fvdpol, July 4 2018

Version 1.3

Released on June 6, 2018

Version 1.2

Released on June 6, 2018

Version 1.0

Released on June 6, 2018

Future changes/enhancements/ideas

  • if needed: configurable quirks for compatibility with other appliciations
  • document compatibility with other applications/dj software (feedback from users required)
  • selection of playlists to be exported
  • rewrite logic/rules for output path
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