Please Apple... Give me boolean logic in iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by aoe, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. aoe
    macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2007
    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?

    Please Apple
  2. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    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.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    can't you create a smart playlist with rules describing the artists you want to play?
  4. macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    don't you think thats a much more difficult way to do a simple job?
  5. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    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.
    Go to TEMP playlist, hit shuffle.

    Takes less than 30 seconds to set up
  6. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    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.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    I guess what you are missing is "OR" function, as "AND" already exists. Do I understand you accurately?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    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.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2006

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

    4 seconds.
  10. Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Before I discovered Quicksilver I was irritated by iTunes' all is well :)
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

    Exactly, does Clicking on Beatles and then :apple:+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
  12. macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2005
    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.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    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.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2008

    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..
  15. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    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.
  16. macrumors member

    May 31, 2006
    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 which i am also working on to get tags for songs from u might want to check it out
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009

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