Really long/complicated Smart Playlists?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by benh, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2005
    I'm trying to create a smart playlist in iTunes that basically encompasses everything I have imported, except for about 40 or 50 different artists.

    I can go through and add a bunch of rules where artist is not foo, but pretty soon, the playlist composition window grows beyond my screen size, and I can't scroll down. Whee.

    Is it possible to create multiple smart playlists and have a master playlist that encompasses them all? Any other ideas?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    There are checkboxes next to each song, click OFF the ones u dont want and I believe you can set something to ignore unchecked songs.
  3. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    You can add grouping info into the 40-50 artists' songs and use that info for the playlist rules.

    Or, you can deselect the checkmark next to the 40-50 artists' songs and select the checkmark in the playlist rule that excludes updating un-checked songs.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2005
    I want the songs on my iPod, but not in the playlist. And there are other songs that I have unchecked because I don't want them on my iPod. So the checkboxes don't quite work.

    The grouping might be a possibility.
  5. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Sounds like you need to make a regular playlist and dump all your songs in there. That'll act as your iPod library, if your music library is bigger than what can be stored on your iPod AND you have auto-updating turned off. Then you can create your smart playlist with the excluded 40 or so artists.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2005
    Looks like grouping appropriately and then making a smart playlist based on that grouping will do the trick.

  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    Yes this is possible.

    An alternative in your case is to make a smart playlist that captures the 40-50 songs you don't want - call it the don'twant playlist. Then specify your "limited" playlist as "playlist" "is not" "don'twant" playlist.

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