Using Doug’s Scripts to find songs without lyrics

In another post I explained how to use the Get Lyrical Mac app to find lyrics for songs in your iTunes library.

But what if, say, you’ve bought lots of songs from the iTunes Store with the lyrics already built-in, so you don’t want Get Lyrical to overwrite these?

Here’s how…

  • Go to
  • Doug's Scripts
  • Search for the free No Lyrics AppleScript
  • Follow the instructions to install this on your Mac.
  • Launch iTunes
  • Select all the music in your library using Command+A
  • Click on the black scripts icon between the Window and Help pull-down menus
  • No Lyrics to Playlist AppleScript
  • Select ‘No Lyrics to Playlist’
  • Wait as the script does its job and produces a window which says ‘Done!’

Now, to have Get Lyrical do its work…

  • Click on the playlist No Lyrics which has now been added down the left side of your iTunes window.
  • Select all these tracks using Command+A
  • Click on Tag Selection

Once Get Lyrical has finished, run the No Lyrics To Playlist script again. You’ll probably find that Get Lyrical has not found the lyrics for several tracks. Look at the titles and artist’s name carefully: you may find a misspelling or punctuation error. Take your time: It’s like working on a Spot The Difference puzzle in that it may take several scans of, say, the title of the song, to see the error.

Correct this and set Get Lyrical going on this track.

If the song is an instrumental – and Get Lyrical has not flagged it by putting ‘Instrumental’ in the Lyrics data – you can go to the Doug’s Scripts site again and download the free ‘Clipboard to Multi-Tracks Lyrics’. Now you can select a whole list of songs using Command+A, for example. Type the word ‘Instrumental’ into any app, such as Word or Pages, copy it, then run this particular script. You’ll see the word Instrumental appear in this dialogue box…


…so just click Okay to put this word in all the Lyrics data for the selected songs.

Changing Play Count

When I’ve imported a pile of CDs, sometimes several songs are imported more than once, for example if one of the CDs is a compilation, and one of the tracks I also have on an artist’s album. After a while I may notice this mistake and want to delete the duplicate tracks. One version I may have played 3 times and the other 4 times. Before I delete one track I’ll add the 2 Play Counts together (in this case, 7) and put this number into the track that I’m keeping, by using the New Play Count script that’s available free of charge on the Doug’s Scripts site.

You’ll see other AppleScripts I use for iTunes in the image above.

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Christopher John Payne

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