|Mar 19, 2008, 11:57 AM||#1|
Song Rating, Album Rating, and Smart Playlists
I have a smart playlist that, in addition to excluding some genres, requires a four our five star song rating. Cool.
This morning, while walking the dog, I heard a song I couldn't place. I got home and realized the following:
If an album rating is set, but a rating is not set for a particular song, iTunes gives the same rating as the album to the song, in those little hollow stars.
What I didn't realize is that smart playlists apparently treat the hollow stars/"guessed" rating the same as a rating I've actually set.
So if I buy an album and give it 4 stars, but only rate a couple singles that I already love, the rest of the songs get dumped into my playlist, even though I haven't rated them, specifically.
So what's the deal? I know, I know, "rate every single song" is the obvious answer. And I will work towards that. But in the meantime, how do I get playlists to pick up only songs I actually rated?
|Mar 19, 2008, 12:03 PM||#2|
Or, add the word rated to the comment field of all the songs you've rated, then add 'Comment contains rated' to your smart playlist
|Mar 19, 2008, 12:25 PM||#3|
Or just don't rate albums. Only rate songs. That is what I do. It then "figures out" the rating of the album by the individual ratings of the songs.
Unless you have a smart playlist that uses album ratings, I don't know why you would rate the album anyway.
MacMini 2.3 GHz i7 / Nexus 4 / iPod classic 160 GB / iPad 2 / Nexus 7 / AppleTV2&3
|Mar 19, 2008, 05:14 PM||#4|
But now... this should be obvious, but it's not... how do I "unrate" albums I've rated? I can get it down to one star by clicking, but I can't find anything in the contextual menu or Get Info to remove the rating altogether (this is album ratings, mind you).
Where should I be looking?
EDIT: Found it. You've gotta click to the left of the first star. I'm surprised... Apple's software is usually really accessible (I use speech recognition 95% of the time)... strange to find something that can only be done via mouse (unless I'm missing something).
Last edited by cleo; Mar 19, 2008 at 05:18 PM. Reason: Figured it out
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