With the iTunes Music Store selling it's 1 billionth song a few days ago (incidentally, the guy purchasing the milestone song made out like a bandit) no one can argue the face of music (and music purchases) has changed dramatically. I use the music store quite frequently and really enjoy how it has changed the way I listen to music. However, previewing albums on iTunes is not the seamless experience I'd like it to be. To solve this problem, I wrote a simple AppleScript that allows me to listen to an entire iTunes album (or any track list showing) without having to play each track individually. For instance, instead of double-clicking the next track (or pressing the right arrow key) as the current track approaches its 30-second end, I sit back, relax and listen to each track stream to my computer without my intervention. Of course, you could also read e-mail, your favorite blog, or whatever.
After sharing the script with a few friends I figured more of the general Web could benefit from it as well. NOTE: This is an AppleScript that requires Apple OS X. After downloading the script just drop it in your /Users/your-user-name/Library/iTunes/Scripts folder. Then, load up the iTunes music store and one-click the first track of an album (to highlight it). Next, use the iTunes script menu and select "MusicStoreAutoPlay" to begin playing that albums tracks.