Apple TV plays playlists backwards?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by powerbook911, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I have a couple smart playslists I listen to all the time. In iTunes, I have it ordered with oldest additions on top and newest on bottom, so as it plays it goes down towards the newer purchases/rips. However, on Apple TV it lists the newest song on my smart playlist first, so it as it goes on to the next song, it's going backwards to me at least, in time.

    Any way to fix that? Thanks.
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2007
    I hate to add to the question without having any insight to offer, but...

    I have noticed this issue with movies I tell iTunes are TV Shows prior to syncing them to my Apple TV. In iTunes, episode 1 is first, two is second, 97 is last. On the Apple TV, the list appears opposite, with episode 97 at the top.

    These issues seem related; perhaps if someone can address my issue it will be your resolution as well!

    Anyone seen either of these two issues?
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2004
    Palo Alto, CA
    While I don't have any definite information I think the tv series thing is intentional and annoying for those of us who rip TV shows from DVD or get full season passes for past shows from iTunes because we have to scroll all the way down to get to the first episode however I believe this is indeed the intended behavior from a UI point of view.

    The idea here seems to be that the newest goes to the top. The scenario is you have a podcast or a TV show that is currently running that syncs with your AppleTV every day. So let's say the Daily Show. Now what would be better, every new episode is added to the top so you can easily access it.. or put the new stuff at the bottom where it's possibly not clear that there are new items (since you'd have to scroll to see them) and you have to scroll (possibly really really far.. I mean some podcasts have 4 MP3s a day like coast to coast AM) to get to the new stuff.

    It's obvious to me that the Apple designers chose the right approach here and put the newest at the top to make it easier to access and discover. It is however annoying that we can't hit a button and flip the sort order.

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