Keeping It All In Sync (Playcount, My Rating, etc)

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Using manual iPod update, Playcount and My Rating (i.e.) will not be synchronized between iPod and iTunes.

To fix this problem, you can use synchronization BUT...

Using synchronization of your entire collection sometimes doesn't work (because of the limited iPod capacity).

To fix this, you can synchronize a selection of playlists BUT...

Using synchronization (of a selection of playlists) will not allow you to create Smart Playlist for your iPod music in particular.

What I did, is as follows:

1) Create an iTunes Manual Playlist "iPod Music" where you (manually put all the music to be synchronized with your iPod).
2) Create as many Smart Playlists (for iPod music) as you like, all starting with: "Playlist is 'iPod Music'", so that the queries will only affect the music on your iPod.
3) Synchronize the "iPod Music" playlist and all Smart Playlists based on iPod music.

You are now be able to:

- easily (manually) add/remove music from your iPod, by adding/removing from the "iPod Music" Playlist.
- keep My Rating and Play Count synchronized between iTunes and iPod.
- have Smart Playlists based on iPod Music.

This is also a great oppurtunity for older (1st gen) iPod users using playlists based on My Rating and Play Count.

by iLove iPod, iDo on Jan 14 | 8:00 am


This is great! i have a 15GB ipod and use Kpod almost exclusively. Now, I just refer SPL 1 and SPL2 to the ipod playlist. Then sync kpod, SPL1, SPL2, and ipod playlist. Keeps everything tidy

by dmk5n on Feb 03 | 8:06 pm

It can be painful, however, if you lose playcount from ipod. It's too bad that you can't sync like a Palm Pilot where ipod overrides the desktop.
Anyone know a windows app that preserves playcounts?

by dmk5n on Feb 10 | 7:08 pm

I would love to be able use the ideas you've shared, but I don't want to recreate my iPod playlist from scratch. Do you know of any way to transfer a playlist from an iPod to iTunes?

by Stewart on Feb 20 | 7:52 pm

This sounded promising, but it doesn't solve my problem. I want my rating and last played info from the iPod to be updated on my desktop. Like dmk5n suggests, it ought to work like the Palm, where it takes the most recent info rather than overriding the iPod with the desktop data.

Does anyone know of a good way to back up all the rating and last played info from the iPod? If it matters, I'm using iTunes 4.7 on a Windows XP machine.

by davepmiller on Feb 26 | 3:35 pm

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