How to Enable Half Star Rating in iTunes

Have you ever wanted to rate your iTunes songs more than a 3 star but not quite a 4 star? Now you can.

iTunes only allows you to rate your songs on a 1 star to 5 star rating system. Perhaps I’m in the minority, but for myself, I rate all my iTunes Library and this little tip has come in handy to allow me to fine tune my ratings!

Enable Half-Star Ratings

To enable Half-Star ratings, open the Terminal Utility from your Mac’s /Applications/Utilities/ folder and then enter the following EXACTLY as below, (copy and paste if you can):

defaults write com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars -bool TRUE

Double check you have entered the above correctly with all the correct spaces in between words and then press the RETURN key.

Now quit iTunes and when you reopen iTunes you should be able to rate songs with a half star by clicking the song’s rating and slide the star rating scale until the 1/2 value shows.

half star rating in itunes

 

Remove Half Star Ratings

If you want to remove the half-star rating, then you will need to restore iTunes defaults by using the  following command, then restart iTunes:

defaults delete com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars

If you reset your iTunes ratings with the above command, any half star rated songs will have the lower star rating, so a 3 1/2 star song would now be a 3 star song.

Hope you find this useful! :)

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2 Responses to “How to Enable Half Star Rating in iTunes”

  1. John Dingler, artist says:

    My first attempt to use the Terminal. I used the C&P method.

    However, the article implies that iTunes must be open before entering the command. I kept my iTunes closed. Entered the command. When I opened iTunes, the 1/2 option became available.

    Note: Click between the stars to make the 1/2 rating.


    defaults write com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars -bool TRUE
    defaults delete com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars

  2. dougscripts says:

    The applet “Change Hidden iTunes Preferences” includes the half-star and other preference settings normally not (or formerly) available. See http://dougscripts.com/455

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