The problem: I installed iTunes 2 on a couple of machines, and I figure, hey, iTunes is based on SoundJam, so it should work the same. But they changed it so iTunes 2 returns this data in UTF-16 ("utxt"), instead of regular 8-bit text ("TEXT"). I don't have the requisite Perl modules to convert at this point, but I shouldn't need them, because there are corecion handlers in Apple events that will coerce data from one type to another.
In theory, and according to the docs, it should work fine to just do (in AppleScript):
set songname to name of current track as string
Or in Perl:
my $song = $sj->get($sj->prop(name => of => 'current track'), as => 'string');
But this wasn't working. After trying to work around it (including by just stripping the high byte, which works for my purposes
Bah. So I wasted a lot of time, but got it to work.
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