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 iTunes Plus tracks have new property

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The new iTunes Plus tracks have a new property called "Purchased AAC". This can be used in Smart Playlists to see all the purchased iTunes Plus tracks.

To do this, create a new Smart Playlist:

Kind - contains - Purchased AAC


by dfbills on May 31 | 12:20 pm
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 Make Your Songs Earn Their Keep

Smart Playlists
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Why should your songs just be given a free ride? I make all my songs earn their place in my library and earn their ratings.This involves Making 6 playlists:

1. 5 down to 4
Match All
Rating is *****
Skip Count is greater than zero


This gets all five star songs that i have skipped once or more in a playlist

2. 4 down to 3
Match All
Rating is ****
Skip Count Is greater than one


This gets all four star songs that i have skipped twice or more in a playlist

3. 3 down to 2
Match All
Rating is ***
Skip Count is greater than two


This gets all three star songs that i have skipped three times or more in a playlist

4. 2 Down to 1
Match All
Rating is **
Skip Count is greater than three


This gets all two star songs that i have skipped three times or more in a playlist

5. Out The Door
Match All
Rating is *
Skip Count is Greater than four


This gets all one star songs that i have skipped four or more times in a playlist

6. Rating Down Playlist
Match Any
Playlist is 5 down to 4
Playlist is 4 down to 3
Playlist is 3 down to 2
Playlist is 2 down to 1
Playlist is Out The Door


You can change the values if you like however I think it makes sense for a higher ranked song to be skipped less.

You will find that you will rank songs higher because you know that if you end up not liking a song you will drop the rating on it anyway.


by Aaron Moss on Apr 24 | 2:13 am
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 Create Smart Playlists for iPods without music in iTunes

Smart Playlists
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You can create smartplaylists in iTunes, which has no matches, but when transfered to your iPod, will match songs from the iPod's library.

This trick is quite handy when using two computers- like a laptop and desktop. If your iPod normally sync's with your desktop at home, but you are on the road with your laptop (and without your master music library), you can connect your iPod to the latptop's iTunes. Just set it to manage your music manually, then create a new smartplaylist containing the criteria you wish to apply to your iPod (but isn't necessarily on your actual laptop).

After disconnecting the iPod, you'll find that the the newly createdsmartplaylist on the iPod is populated on the iPod itself.

Just make sure you don't accidently set your iPod to sync with with your latop- this will wipe out you iPod.


by dfbills on Dec 31 | 10:20 pm
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 How to Create Different Play Ratios for 4 and 5 Star Songs

Smart Playlists
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For a long time, I've been listening to music from various genre playlists that I've created.

For instance, I'd call a playlist Shoegaze Genres and do the following:

Match ANY of the following rules
Genre is Shoegaze
Genre is Dream Pop
Genre is Noise Rock
Genre is Noise Pop

I'd stick that playlist out of sight in a folder called Archive and create the playlist G Shoegazing. (For all my different genre lists, I stick a G at the beginning of the title so they stay by each other.)

Match ALL of the following rules
Playlist is Shoegaze Genres
My Rating is 5 Stars
Last Played is not in the last 1 Week

That worked fine until I wanted to add 4 star songs to the mix. I also knew I didn't want them to reappear in the list as often as the 5 star songs. Getting this right required 3 more smart playlists.

If you want to do this, first decide what ratio you want. For the 5/4 star songs, do you want a 2/1 or 3/1 ratio? 1/2 maybe? From there, figure out how many days or weeks that will come out to, and then make your lists like this. (I chose a 2.5/1 ratio.)

Match ALL of the following rules
SP1
My Rating is 5 stars
Last Played is not in the last 10 days

Match ALL of the following rules
SP2
My Rating is 4 stars
Last Played is not in the last 25 days

Match ANY of the following rules
SP3
Playlist is SP1
Playlist is SP2

I stuck those in the Archive folder, and then set up the G Shoegazing playlist like this:

Match ALL of the following rules
Playlist is Shoegaze Genres
Playlist is SP3

Now, I won't miss out on all the 4 star songs I have, but I will still be listening to the 5 star songs more often since they come back into the playlist sooner than the 4 star songs.


by soundinthedark on Dec 23 | 1:50 am
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 Going for the Perfect Playlist

Smart Playlists
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My attempt, which seems somewhat similar to some of your smart playlists involves an applescript which you can find here:

http://digiaudio.blogspot.com/2006/11/you-too-can-make-perfect-itunes.html

On last week's MacBreak Weekly, Alex Lindsey mentioned he wanted a way to make a new playlist in iTunes from a random selection of songs in other playlists. So say you have playlists called "Gold" - your favorite songs, "Indie" - independent artists, "Jazz", and "Blues". You want to make a new playlist with song from each of the 4 playlists mentioned above. Furthermore, you want to weight some playlists heavier than others so there are more song from that source playlist, for example "Indie" in the example above might contribute more songs that the other playlists. The script lets you decide how many items to add from each source playlist so you can weight them to your liking. This gives you a great mix of songs between your favorites and other great tunes you love but seldom listen to.


by Geoff on Dec 06 | 9:54 am
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