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Old Oct 11, 2007, 12:52 AM   #1
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Please Apple... Give me boolean logic in iTunes

The #1 feature I want to see in itunes is the ability to use boolean logic to search. How hard can this be? Am I the only one that considers this extremely useful?

For example, I'm too lazy to make a playlist but I want to shuffle through songs by the rolling stones and the beatles. Wouldn't it be easy to just type in stones AND beatles and have the results display?

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Old Oct 11, 2007, 12:59 AM   #2
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You can use the browser.

Click on The Beatles and then Apple+Click on The Rolling Stones and it will then allow you to shuffle those.
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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can't you create a smart playlist with rules describing the artists you want to play?
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 11:03 AM   #4
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can't you create a smart playlist with rules describing the artists you want to play?
don't you think thats a much more difficult way to do a simple job?
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 11:45 AM   #5
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Command-N: makes new playlist, type "TEMP" or something
Double click the TEMP playlist to open in new window
Go to your library and type the name of the band, drag result to playlist.
Repeat
Go to TEMP playlist, hit shuffle.

Takes less than 30 seconds to set up
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 11:48 AM   #6
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Command-N: makes new playlist, type "TEMP" or something
Double click the TEMP playlist to open in new window
Go to your library and type the name of the band, drag result to playlist.
Repeat
Go to TEMP playlist, hit shuffle.

Takes less than 30 seconds to set up
I think you missed the point. THAT example took 30 seconds. It didn't address the problem though, of a live updating playlist.

What you need to do now to get a live updating one is create 2 playlists, one for each band, and then a 3rd to combine the 2 together.
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 12:28 PM   #7
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I think you missed the point. THAT example took 30 seconds. It didn't address the problem though, of a live updating playlist.

What you need to do now to get a live updating one is create 2 playlists, one for each band, and then a 3rd to combine the 2 together.
I guess what you are missing is "OR" function, as "AND" already exists. Do I understand you accurately?
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Old Oct 13, 2007, 01:56 PM   #8
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I do think it's more complicated to make a playlist yes. But unless Apple brings Boolean search in Leopard, I don't see it happening. And while you wait for eternity, you might as well create a playlist; drag in the bands you might want; play it and enjoy. And don't dismiss the smart playlists either. If you check all the rules you can implement, you can come up with some pretty creative playlists, which update dynamically, and far out-perform anything you could achieve with a search. Something you're describing would be pretty easy, I think.
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Old Oct 13, 2007, 02:21 PM   #9
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option+cmd+N

match ANY of the following rules
artist contains beatles
artist contains stones

4 seconds.
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Old Oct 13, 2007, 02:25 PM   #10
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Before I discovered Quicksilver I was irritated by iTunes' search...now all is well
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Old Oct 13, 2007, 03:31 PM   #11
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option+cmd+N

match ANY of the following rules
artist contains beatles
artist contains stones

4 seconds.

Exactly, does Clicking on Beatles and then +Clicking on Rolling Stones take more time than typing those two bands in a search? What if I want to click on ten bands, that would most definitely be less time than typing ten band names into a search....

much better the way it is.

But Boolean....that just sounds cool, so i wish it was there too
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Old Oct 13, 2007, 05:54 PM   #12
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The #1 feature I want to see in itunes is the ability to use boolean logic to search. How hard can this be? Am I the only one that considers this extremely useful?

For example, I'm too lazy to make a playlist but I want to shuffle through songs by the rolling stones and the beatles. Wouldn't it be easy to just type in stones AND beatles and have the results display?

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lol.. using boolean logic that actually wouldn't work unless the Beatles and Stones were in the same song...

You would want The Beatles OR Rolling Stones.

Typing Beatles Stones in iTunes would automatically add the 'AND' in between them.
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Old Jul 15, 2008, 11:19 AM   #13
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People are just saying there are ways to make a playlist with both artists, by using the option to match ANY instead of match ALL in the smart playlist. But there is no way to do somthing like 1) is a podcast 2) playcount = 0 and 3) is NPR or CNN. Something like that isn't possible as it is now.
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 09:56 AM   #14
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agreed

smart playlists are a great feature... but having a simple OR (or.. || and &&) operator in the search would be hugely useful for instantly playing a select group of songs. additional operators like NOT (!) or the in "fieldname:" operator, similar to "site:" on google. would also be really useful..
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 10:37 AM   #15
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Yeah, this is something I'd want too.

The search ability is very effective, but being able to search for two things at once would be really cool.
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ok, so i am using intelligent playlists,

is there any way to define a boolean search such as

where comment contains (A OR B OR C) and does NOT contain (D or E)

as far as i can see that is not possible with the itunes "logic".... (if there was no E it would work...


thankx in advance

ps: i am using http://www.last.fm/group/Last.fm+Web...676/2#f8888877 which i am also working on to get tags for songs from last.fm. u might want to check it out
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 03:36 PM   #17
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Mixing boolean AND and OR expressions in smart playlists

Here's a good how-to for creating smarter smart itunes playlists:

http://www.netstreamshifter.com/2009...lists-for.html
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