Modifying Apple Propriety Audio Software

January 26th, 2009 by Alan MacGregor Leave a reply »

So I’m sitting here in the office during my lunch break watch Hak5 (Mad props) and I’m looking for something to do, this is when I realise all of my mp3s on my server and that I need to get them onto iTunes at home. The disadvantage is that im not at home and I’m on a very slow network connection (500k for the whole office!!) so I’ll need something light preferably over ssh. Thats when I remembered Atomic Parsley.

Atomic Parsley is a little unix application (windows available through cygwin) that allows you to edit the metadata inside of the m4a files (note I convert mp3 to m4a with pacpl and don’t start with ‘quality issues’ the audio is for me and no one else). The website explains that the tags inside are now refered by Apple as Atoms and take 4 bytes for each Atom. With this you can modify almost all of the data needed in your collection.

This is particularly useful if like me you have a strict policy on the content in your Library to allow better workings on it, with this you can just drag’n’drop your m4as into the library an itunes will do the rest

Atomic Parsley can be downloaded at


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