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I've been using iTunes for over 2 years now and up until recently I'd been listening pretty much exclusively to my "My Top Rated" playlist of 4 and 5 star music (which was about 2000 songs out of my 7000 song library). But I realized I was missing out on a lot of newly added music that I never rated and older stuff that I had rated lowly but then later changed my mind on so I needed to find a solution. Browsing around here I realized I could nest playlists and proportion how much of what I was getting by using limits (previously I couldn't image why you ever want to limit a playlist), and now I've created what I consider to be the ultimate playlist.

Component playlists:
I have a non-music playlist that filters out all my videos/digital booklets/audiobooks/itrip stations/etc that is excluded from all of the following

SPL 1: (This pulls up highly rated new music that I haven't listened to much)
match ALL
1) My rating is in the range 4-5 stars
2) Last played is not in the last 1 day
3) Last skipped is not in the last 1 week
4) Playcount is less than 5
limit to 100 by most recently added

SPL 2: (This pulls up unrated or lowly rated new music that I haven't listened to much)
match ALL
1) My rating is in the range 0-3 stars
2) Last played is not in the last 1 day
3) Last skipped is not in the last 1 week
4) Playcount is less than 4
limit to 55 songs by most recently added

SPL 3: (This pulls up higher rated music that I have listened to at least some)
match ALL
1) My rating is in the range 3-5 stars
2) Last played is not in the last 1 day
3) Last skipped is not in the last 1 week
4) Playcount is greater than 5
limit to 30 songs by random

SPL 4: (This is a catch all so I don't miss anything else)
match ALL
1) Last played is not in the last 1 day
2, 3, 4) Playlist is not SPL 1, SPL 2, or SPL 3
limit to 15 songs by random

The active playlist that I use to listen to (you could just put them in a folder but that doesn't show up on the ipod):
match ANY
1-4) Playlist is SPL 1, SPL 2, SPL 3, or SPL 4

This playlist gives me 200 songs total, usually ranging 11-12 hours which is the maximum I can imagine listening to in a day, I sync my iPod every night. If I were going out of town I'd multiply the limits by however many day's I'd be gone.


by Carrie on Nov 25 | 7:38 am
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