iOS5/iTunes 10 song date problem?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Dagless, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I'm not sure where to put this thread, it's rather an odd bug that I can't pin down. So here goes!

    Ever since I bought my first iPod in 2003 I've had two smart playlists that I always use - 4+ Star and 5 Star. I found out that by clicking the first column on the left would organise the playlist by the date I rated the songs, and for me that's the best damn thing ever. Worked just fine on all versions of iTunes and all my iPods. It was going swimmingly until recently.

    These two playlists still work fine on iTunes. But if I try to create the same playlist from scratch or even duplicate, then the playlist will be messed up. Instead of being organised by date rated, it flips the order. So I click the column again to flip it round. This works but all new music now sits at the bottom of the playlist, under the first ever tracks I rated. So it goes (1 being newest, 10 oldest); 234561.
    So now I have another version of each playlist with a different order.

    On the iPod however things go a little funky. Both versions of the individual playlists are laid out in the same order, but I don't even know what they're being arranged by now. The playlist order is just not being taken across. Even when I select another playlist like, 100 Newest Added, it displays the 100 oldest tracks.

    I've tried resetting my iPod, restoring, deleting all the music and re-syncing. Can't fix it. I haven't done anything to fix the iTunes problem (the one where I can't recreate these playlists).

    Anyone else have this problem? How would one go about informing Apple of this bug?
  2. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    • In iTunes, sort the playlist by "Date Added" (or however you wish to sort).
    • Click on the far left number column, the order should stay the same.
    • Now right click on that playlist name and select "Copy to Play Order".
    • Sync your iPhone and it should be in the same order.

    Also note that when you add new music to the playlist you might have to press "Copy to Play Order" again, otherwise the new songs will not stay in order when you press the number column.
  3. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I made a duplicate playlist that was organised by Date Added. But my superawesome(tm) playlist was arranged by the date I rated a song. This is a nice temporary solution though.

    What I did was "copy to play order" said superawesome(tm) playlist, which seems to have temporarily fixed it.

    Well I say fix it... the music app now crashes whenever it boots up. Which leaves me with a fancy PDA until Apple fixes this problem.

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