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Originally Posted by dtownley1 View Post
I think it might be useful to have something like that - but majority of people wouldn't need it.

Thing is, audio files are usually managed by audio programs - iTunes, garageband and various professional level programs. It's here that you can see those details, in the programs that use them and sort them.

Designers using Adobe CS have Bridge as a means for file browsing, EXIF data viewing, batch processing etc. While finder does SOME of these things, Bridge is purpose built for that, and it's better that way.

My point is, a purpose built viewer would be more effective, and also more closely integrated with the work that you do.

I've discovered the same question at other mac forums, and there were several suggestions:
Use Finder labels to colour-code bitrate or whichever category you want
Enter the bitrate (or whichever category) into the comments field of the info pane, then set Comments to display in the View Options.
Create your own script of software for this

All would be pretty time consuming though.

Only other thing I can think of is using a variety of smart playlists in iTunes to automatically sort your files. This could be your best bet, as you won't need to go through files yourself, won't be time consuming, and you can sort the columns just how you want within each smart playlist - so there'd be no blank columns.

In another forum I came across, this link was given to various scripts. I haven't tested any, as I don't deal with music all that much, so I can't guarantee the relevance to your work. You may be able to find something useful here.

As I read on this other forum though, a plugin to add another column would be a lot of work to produce, and I believe finder isn't open to much editing in this way. Furthermore, Finder has been designed for different uses to Windows, with a different audience and purposes in mind.
Thanks I understand what you are saying.

However, no matter how many reasons and explanations there is for this, the simple fact remains, that Windows does it, and Mac OS doesn't! I just cant see past this.

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