.:| iPod Playlist Trick |:.

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  1. outerspaceapple macrumors regular

    outerspaceapple

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    Hey Mac Rumors dudes,

    Just a couple minutes ago i found out something about iTunes 4 and iPods that I never knew before, and wanted to share it with you guys.

    Have you ever wanted to make your iPod only play songs with a check in the checkbox to the left of the name? For example, you go out and buy an iTrip, install the songs that change the station, but don't want to hear those songs unless you really do wanna change the channel.

    Here's how you do it:

    1. First make sure that your iPod's Library is selected. Simply click on your iPod's name in iTunes.

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    2. Next, make sure that your iPod is set to manually manage songs and playists. You can change this setting by plugging your iPod in to your computer, right clicking on it in iTunes (control clicking also works), and selecting "iPod Options...," then select the radial button "Manually manage songs and playlists." Press OK to close out of here. If you get a warning message, you can just ignore it and hit OK.

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    3. Sort your library by date added. if you don't see a "Date Added" column in iTunes, right click on any column title ("My Rating" for example) and click on "Date Added." Now, you should see a Date Added column with an upside down triangle to the right of it. Scroll to the bottom of your library and look at the very last song. Remember the date of the last song listed in "Date Added."

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    4. Now, click the menu labled "File" and select "New Smart Playlist." click on the drop-down list currently labled "Artist," and change it to "Date Added." Next click on "is," and change it to "is after." Now in the next text entry field, enter any date earlier than the one you found in step 3. Here comes the key to this whole thing; Check the box labled "Match only checked songs." Now make sure that the "Limit to.." box is unchecked, and that the "Live updating" box is checked, and hit OK.

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    5. Next rename your newly created smart playlist to anything you want. I labled mine "1Real Library" so that it would appear at the top of my playlists.

    6. Lastly, just remember to always use this smart playlist instead of your library, and only checked songs will be played.


    Voilah, now you dont ever have to listen to another "BEEP BEEP BEEPEDY-DOO-DA-BEEP . . . BEEP BEEP" again!



    Cheers,
    ~~outerspaceapple~~
     

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  2. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    Hey,

    thanks for the tip :) My cousin hid the iTrip issue the other day.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    /asif
     
  3. rayzor macrumors member

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    Why not just add an extra variable?

    I just add the variable don't play iTrip palylist (see attachment)
     

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  4. outerspaceapple thread starter macrumors regular

    outerspaceapple

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    Yeah, but I personally uncheck a bunch of other songs too, i just singled out the iTrip as an example.
     
  5. jmsait19 macrumors 6502

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    is the a 4G thing?? I just unchecked all the radio stations and actually deleted the ones i don't use from the library. But anyways, on my 3G the unchecked songs don't sync to the iPod.
     
  6. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    It could be that you have your iPod set to only update checked songs (as mine is).
     
  7. krohde macrumors member

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    instead of all this date added stuff to get rid of the griffin "songs" why dont you just make your criteria "Artist does not contain griffin" and that would get you the same playlist no?
     
  8. outerspaceapple thread starter macrumors regular

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    well yeah, you could do that to get rid of just the griffin stuff, but what about all those other songs that may be unchecked. The whole reason I did the date added thing, was to make a criteria where the entire library matches it, and then filter out non-checked songs.
     
  9. donshank macrumors newbie

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    Why not make a playlist where Time / is greater than 0:00 / match only checked songs?

    that should do it.
     
  10. macnulty macrumors 6502

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    I have to admit having used iTrip for about a year, I haven't heard an iTrip "song", thinking about it I generally use playlists or play "albums" anyway. Though I travel in 2 major markets, NYC, Phily and space between, I change stations rather frequently.
     
  11. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Or you could just rate all your songs and create smart playlists by genres and rating as I do.
     
  12. outerspaceapple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, that would do it too, excellent idea.
     
  13. soosy macrumors regular

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    Obviously there are many ways to do this.

    "Date Added" has nothing to do with it... as the original poster mentioned in a followup... you just need to give iTunes some condition that hits ALL songs so that you can use the "Match only checked songs" to restrict the playlist (because for some reason you can't use that option by itself to create a playlist).

    So I think the easiest thing is just check "Limit to XXX songs". Add a couple zeros to the default value of 25 to make it 250000. Uncheck the default "Artist" condition. And there you go. (unless you have more than 250000 songs!!!!)

    Okay yeah... I'm not sure why I took the time to post this either.
     
  14. SasyBabe macrumors member

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    This might be off topic but since your talking about playlists... I was wondering if creating a playlist takes up a lot of memory in your ipod? :confused:
     
  15. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    That's kind of neat. I'll have to try it. Thanks.
     
  16. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    No, as far as I can tell they occupy a file labeled iTunesDB which on my iPod with 14 Playlists occupies 4MB.
     

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