I’ve always been a music nut, buying lots of albums, putting them aside when a newer and/or better record came along, to be seldomly heard again. Until a post appeared on Lifehacker more than a year ago about the use of iTunes’ Smart Playlists. It’s quite a complicated system to set up, but once you’ve got it rolling it’s genius!
Here is my needlessly complicated playlisting scheme that I am secretly quite proud of. I very rarely fiddle with my tunes except for once in awhile when I get a song in my head and *have* to hear it — other than that, this scheme keeps me in a good mix. And no pesky ignored tunes! Eventually, they all cycle through.
So, my tweaks to the system?
- All 5-star-songs, not played in the last month, appear in the Playlist of Record.
- All 4-star-songs, not played in the last 3 months, appear in the Playlist of Record.
- All 3-star-or-less-songs, not played in the last 6 months, appear in the Playlist of Record.
- All songs, purchased within the last month, regardless of when played last, appear in the Playlist of Record.
This means you create 4 smart playlists with quite simple rules. And one Playlist of Record which combines all of the previously created smart playlists. This results, for me, in a playlist which has about 8,7 days worth of music in it, of my total library of 11,4 days (since I’ve been using Spotify for the last two months).
The Playlist of Record is then chosen as the base for iTunes DJ, which shuffles the songs. As a surplus I tend to select the option “Play higher ranked songs more often,” since I like good music better.
Too bad iTunes Match doesn’t sync playlists that reference other playlists…