My Playlist System
For what it's worth, here's how I organize my playlists:
1) Current playlists include the following. (Many of these gleaned from SmartPlaylists.com!) The ":" in the first few SPLs brings these playlists to the top of the display, so I can find them quickly - -
: iPod Shuffle
: Kid's Playlist (comment contains 'Kid's Name')
: New Music Store
: (New Album(s)) - makes new purchases / loads easy to find.
: Current Favorite Group
Acoustic (comment contains 'Acoustic')
Acoustic-Slow (BPM < 3; I use a BPM 1-5 scale, 1 = very slow, 5 = very fast)
Acoustic-Faves (4 or 5 stars)
All '70's (comment contains '70's)
All '80's (comment contains '80's)
Alternative (I like to have Genre playlists -- makes music easier to find)
Bedspins (my former band. Any songs on our play set get flagged with comment = 'Bedspins')
Costello-B-sides (all the 'bonus disc' stuff from the Rhino re-releases)
Jazz-Instrumental (comment does not contain 'vocal')
Love - Pop
Love - Rock
Mellow Mix (BPM is <= 2)
Ray Charles - Slow (BPM = 2)
Ray Charles - Med / Fast (BPM >= 3)
Women in Rock (comment contains '@+')
@ Needs BPM (no BPM)
@ Rate / Delete (no rating or just 1-star)
2) Comments field can be very useful in further defining your music. I use '70's', '80's', 'Live', 'Vocal', 'Acoustic', and '@+' (female lead singer and / or band)
3) BPM is very helpful to segment your music into slow, medium, fast. I use a 1-5 scale, 1=very slow, 3=medium, 5=very fast / intense
4) Finally, I tried "Radio Station" playlists (SPLs that reference other SPLs) but was frustrated by the lack of auto-refreshing on the iPod. To get around this, most of my playlists above are constructed as one-hour long with "Not Played in the Last ___ Days / Weeks Months". So, each of these SPLs auto-refresh on the iPod.
I dump these one-hour long SPLs together in On-The-Go to suit my mood. (For example, I might combine "All '80's" with "Recently Added" with "Forgotten Faves"). Advantage is, if I change my mind during the day when I can't synch to iTunes, I simply clear the On-The-Go and start again.
Scott on Aug 05 | 8:00 am
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