Composting for iPod

Smart Playlists
When I first got my iPod, all was well, but I soon filled up all 10 gigs. I didn't want to manually manage which songs got put on the iPod (what a pain!) and I didn't want to get a bigger one (well, I wanted to, sure, but c'mon), so I came up with a Smart Playlist to put only the best and most current music on my iPod. Here's how.

First create a new smart playlist. I called mine "For iPod" cause I'm not that clever. The idea here is to make a playlist that includes the music you most want on your iPod. Mine says:

My Rating - is greater than - **
Date Added - is in the last - 2 months
Date Modified - is in the last - 2 months
Last Played - is in the last - 2 months

This includes any song I've rated 2 stars or more, and any song I've added or played in the last two months. Depending on my iTunes usage, this winds up being 6 or 7 gigs. Your recipe my vary.

Then connect your iPod. Click the iPod icon at the bottom of iTunes to get the iPod Preferences window. Instead of the default top option, select the second one: "Automatically update selected playlists only."

Then check the "For iPod" Smart Playlist you just made. Feel free to select any other playlists too, if you always want them on your iPod.

Bottom Line: Now my iTunes library can be considerably larger than the size of my iPod, but the latest and greatest will always be with me! Bonus: Since the total amount of stuff on my iPod is less than the total 10 gigs, I can still use it as a hard drive to shuttle other stuff around.

by Derek Powazek on Oct 09 | 2:00 pm


I've done basically the same thing, with one difference. I limit the playlist above to a subset of my iPod, and then tell it to put 5 GB of "Unheard Music"

My Unheard Music is as follows:

Play Count = 0
Rating is not *

(I use 1 star to indicate that I don't like the music)

Eventually I'll have heard all my songs, so I'll change this playlist to (Not played in the last 3 months) so that I get some variety of music. Before my iPod I discovered that I was listening to about 70 songs out of 18000!

by bombcar on Jun 14 | 9:12 pm

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