iTunes Playlist question...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jxyama, May 29, 2003.

  1. jxyama macrumors 68040

    jxyama

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    I recently got an iPod. I love it, but I'd like to learn more about playlists...

    How do you guys have the playlist set up? What do you think is the best way to organize playlists?

    I used to have a playlist for each musician and the album. (ex. "U2: Unforgettable Fire," "U2: Zooropa," etc.)

    Then I realized that this can be accessed under "Artists" option, so these playlists are kinda useless. I then made playlists for soundtracks/compilations because they have different musicians, but then, I realized I can access that under "Albums."

    So... I'm just curious how different people set up their playlists...
     
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

    MacsRgr8

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    I usually make 'em similar (not the same) to the genre.
    It depends which mood I'm in which genre I want to hear.
    So, I got playlists like: "LOUD", "Depressed", "Popular"...
     
  3. Duckie macrumors newbie

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    I never had too much of a use for playlists. I just set my whole library on random. :)
     
  4. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    I usually go by genre, but some of them are just mixes I have put together. Songs that I like in conjunction with other ones and the like.

    P-Worm
     
  5. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    i think most people use them for genre or event. You might have a "morning drive" or "afternoon jog" playlist, songs that you'd want to hear.

    many of my MP3's are very old and don't have full ID tags, and i don't want to spend time choosing a genre for each song... so i don't use playlists much at all... right now i just have one for MP3 and one for AAC, so I can tell what portion of my library needs to be re-ripped into the new format...

    pnw
     
  6. senseibiz macrumors regular

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    I select them mostly by genre, I use the smart playlist to make them. Then I use the playlist feature to make my own mixes...
     
  7. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

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    I have mostly smart playlists:

    Last Played is not in the last 1 week.
    or
    Play count is less than 2, high rating, last played is in the last week.
    or
    Album added in the last week.
     
  8. jxyama thread starter macrumors 68040

    jxyama

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    ahh... some really neat ideas.

    thanks guys. i now just have to wait until the day is over to try some of these ideas at home... (kinda slow day at work... :( )
     
  9. Foxer macrumors 65816

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    My first playlist existed beacuse my iTunes library wouldn't fit on my old 10GB iPod. I bought the iPod specifically to replace the mix tapes (and later mix discs) that I had been accumulating since the late 80's. They were all important to me, but the sound was degrading badly from use and age. So I combined them all into one big playlist which was the entire contents of my iPod until I got the 30 GB last month. Later on I broke the one big playlist into MANY smaller ones for each old tape I had.

    It took awhile to make the playlist, but it was absolutely worth it.

    Still, I only actually listen to the playlists on the iPod. While sitting at the computer, I pretty much use only the random play feature. I also always have an "open" playlist called "next mix" which I add songs to as they strike me.
     

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