Give me some ideas / examples for Smart Playlists!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by RumMunkey, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a

    RumMunkey

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    I use exactly 2 smart playlists. I think the idea is absolutely brilliant, but am having a hard time coming up with things to do with them.

    Here's what I do have:

    "Backup".
    This, quite simply is a playlist of everything added to my library since the date of my last backup, excluding items where the genre is "Christmas" (they get their own discs and get deleted each January and brought back in again each November).

    Basically, when this playlist gets to about 4 GB (or sooner if I'm playing around with hardware) I burn a data disc from this playlist, change the date to that day and it starts over again. I know iTunes has a backup built-in now, but I made this playlist before that existed so I'll just keep on going this way.

    "Penn Radio"
    I have all episodes of the old Penn Jillette Radio Show converted to AACs, and I have a smart playlist that will keep 10 episodes available with a playcount less than "1". It uses live updating so each time I sync my iPod I get refreshed with randomly selected episodes that I haven't heard yet (since they aired that is). It's like my own personal re-run generator. Cool.

    Even cooler is that once I've listened to an episode on the iPod, next time I go back to that playlist the episodes that no longer meet my criteria (play count <1) are gone so I don't get re-runs of my re-runs on my iPod by accident.


    So, what smart playlists do you all have?
     
  2. Nym macrumors 6502a

    Nym

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    Smart playlist, like smart mail folders are one of the best things about Tiger :)

    In fact, I only have smart playlists in iTunes, not even a single normal one!

    I have:

    Alternative Rock
    Alternative Metal
    Recently Added
    Recently Played
    Chillout
    Drum & Bass
    Punk
    Rock
    Favorites
    Metal

    These are the ones I can remember, I even have Smart Playlists on my iPod :D
     
  3. petteri macrumors member

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    I have a few setup for music from the 60s, 70s, 80s.
     
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    One of my favorites is called "4+ Star Rookies". It's not my idea -- it was on a blog somewhere -- but I love it.

    It takes 25 of my least frequently played songs that are 4 stars or higher.

    Great way to hear some of your favorites that you haven't played in awhile.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I have some not already listed above...

    1) Tracks loaded into the library in the last week or
    "new to me" music.

    2) Classical music smart folders for each of the various periods. I use composer names. Some "Bartok" and Davork" go in to "modern". (I'm a big fan of 20th and 21th century clasical music)

    3) As above but for Jazz. Who played it means more then when recorded. So I'll but 50's and 60's bebop into on smart album

    4) I have some big collections for a few dozen artists each of those gets a smart album,.
    5) I've made CDs of just one song that is covered many times. Example is "Summer Time" by Gerswin. Must have 30 covers on this from Luis Armstrong to Janice Joplin, even a Willie Nelson verson
     
  6. zephead macrumors 68000

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    I have some playlists that are certain ratings that I haven't heard in x amount of weeks, so I'll set a smart playlist of 4 and 5 star songs that were last played 1, 2, 4, or 6 weeks ago, for example.
     
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  8. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Some of my favourites:

    'iConcert'

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    'Forgotten Favourites'

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    'Neglected' - thanks to epochblue

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  9. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    I have something like that as well. I call it Hits-Unplayed. It's everything with 4 or 5 stars that I haven't played in 3+ months.
     
  10. zebostoneleigh macrumors newbie

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    Podcasts

    I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd put in my 2 cents.

    I love Podcasts, and I subscribe to tons of them. I use Smart Playlists to manage which ones I've listened to (because there's little point to hearing them a second time, since they're mostly news and talks and lessons that I only care to hear once).

    Here's a basic Smart Playlist for my needs:

    Genre = PodCast
    Last Played = Is Not Before [today]

    Sorted by release date.

    Ta da... Now I have a playlist of all the podcasts that I have not listened to yet (sorted in the order they were made).

    Until there is a "last played date" that date isn't "before" today. Sure, it's not "after" today either, but that's not the point. The thing is, once you've listen to a podcast it will be removed from teh smart playlist.
     
  11. zebostoneleigh macrumors newbie

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    Podcasts

    I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd put in my 2 cents.

    I love Podcasts, and I subscribe to tons of them. I use Smart Playlists to manage which ones I've listened to (because there's little point to hearing them a second time, since they're mostly news and talks and lessons that I only care to hear once).

    Here's a basic Smart Playlist for my needs:

    Genre = PodCast
    Last Played = Is Not Before [today]

    Sorted by release date.

    Ta da... Now I have a playlist of all the podcasts that I have not listened to yet (sorted in the order they were made).

    Until there is a "last played date" that date isn't "before" today. Sure, it's not "after" today either, but that's not the point. The thing is, once you've listen to a podcast it will be removed from teh smart playlist.
     
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I made one for neglected music as well, except mine simply has the parameter of "played less than 3 times".
     

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