Monthly Archives: May 2017

Master for iTunes Droplet - Fixed!

In what may be a first for me, Apple just resolved the bug report I filed back in January regarding a problem with the Master for iTunes Droplet.

The root of the problem was that the OS version was being compared to a regular string of 10.6, instead of being compared as a numeric string. The result was that 10.10 was returning false when checked with is less than "10.6" then.

The bug report I filed included my suggested fix, so I was curious to see what they implemented. Here’s the relevant section of code:

set systemVersion to system version of (get system info)
considering numeric strings
    if systemVersion is less than "10.6" then
        log ("ITUNESMASTERINGDROPLET: incompatible system version")
        display alert SYSTEM_CHECK_ERROR_TITLE message SYSTEM_CHECK_ERROR_MESSAGE as warning buttons {CANCEL_BUTTON_TITLE} default button 1
        log ("ITUNESMASTERINGDROPLET: shutting down")
        error number -128
    end if
end considering

Their fix is slightly more elegant than what I suggested, but it’s fundamentally the same. They also addressed the problem with Gatekeeper rejecting the droplet.

The updated droplet is available for download now.

I’m beginning to think that my wrist strain on this new MacBook Pro isn’t due to the keyboard, but the gigantic trackpad - and the lack of a place to rest my palm.