AppleScript, the perfect adjunct to iTunes: An open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook

Dear Mr. Cook,

I was chagrined to learn that Sal Soghoian, who was Apple’s Product Manager of Automation Technologies, was let go for “business reasons.” Mr. Soghoian had been with Apple for nearly 20 years, and was the keeper of the flame for technologies such as AppleScript, Automator, and more.

In my writings about iTunes, I have often explained to readers how they could extend iTunes’s feature set using AppleScripts. Most of these have been written by Doug Adams, proprietor of Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes, a site that started out as a repository of tools to extend iTunes, but has become an essential resource for iTunes users.

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8 thoughts on “AppleScript, the perfect adjunct to iTunes: An open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook

    • If it is removed, there is no way for there to be a replacement, unless Apple builds it. Firing the person in charge of automation suggests, in spite of what Craig Federighi has said, that they will let it fade away.

    • If it is removed, there is no way for there to be a replacement, unless Apple builds it. Firing the person in charge of automation suggests, in spite of what Craig Federighi has said, that they will let it fade away.

  1. Kirk because i closed my Facebook account years ago because of the blatant bias (ditto twitter) i cannot comment directly on your article from the magazine’s website However IMO you represent most likely millions of Apple customers overall with your expert knowledge of not only high tech users and their issues but also those of us who use our iPhones iPads and MacBooks for leisure. Your letter was to the point and well written. Your critique was logical and done in a spirit of sincere advice albeit unsolicited!! Keep up the great work Kirk. Apple is definitely veering off in a different direction under Cook’s tenure.

    • Thanks, Larry. I’m not a fan of removing comments and shifting them to Facebook and Twitter, because then it’s hard for me as an author to follow them. But comments are time-consuming and expensive, with so much spam and so many trolls.

  2. Kirk because i closed my Facebook account years ago because of the blatant bias (ditto twitter) i cannot comment directly on your article from the magazine’s website However IMO you represent most likely millions of Apple customers overall with your expert knowledge of not only high tech users and their issues but also those of us who use our iPhones iPads and MacBooks for leisure. Your letter was to the point and well written. Your critique was logical and done in a spirit of sincere advice albeit unsolicited!! Keep up the great work Kirk. Apple is definitely veering off in a different direction under Cook’s tenure.

    • Thanks, Larry. I’m not a fan of removing comments and shifting them to Facebook and Twitter, because then it’s hard for me as an author to follow them. But comments are time-consuming and expensive, with so much spam and so many trolls.

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