Set half-star ratings directly in iTunes

iTunes has long supported the ability to rate (and display) half-star ratings for songs, but until recently, you had to use an AppleScript to actually set those half-star ratings. Now, thanks to a hidden iTunes preference, you can set half-star ratings directly within iTunes.

To enable this feature, first quit iTunes, then open Terminal. In Terminal, enter this command, then press Return:

defaults write allow-half-stars -bool TRUE

Now relaunch iTunes, and nothing will seem to have changed. But click-and-drag (slowly) on a song’s Rating field, and you’ll see little ½ indicators as you drag across the rating. (You can also try clicking directly between stars, but I find this more difficult than dragging to a half-star position.) If you found the five-step ratings scale too limiting before, you can now rejoice in the new ten-step version.

If you ever tire of the half-star steps, quit iTunes, open Terminal, and repeat the above command, but replace TRUE with FALSE. Today’s hint has been covered in a few spots on the web, including right here in the discussion thread for our hint on finding hidden preferences by reader ScottBayes, but I felt it useful enough to share as a general hints blog.

To comment on this article and other Macworld content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon
Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.