Playlist Question

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by bumbo, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. bumbo macrumors regular


    May 6, 2009

    I'm getting confused around what happens with my playlists...

    As far as I can see I *have* to add a song to My Music before I can add it to a playlist.

    Is there anyway I can have playlists of songs that *aren't* in My Music?? My library is a well looked after list of whole albums and I don't really want 1-song albums littering the library if I create playlists...

    Any way around this at all?
  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    If using iTunes just Click on Add To and then just select the Playlist or device.

    If using an iPhone when the list pops up you need to scroll down to Add To Playlist.... It is below the bottom and not visible

    If you add music to one of your Playlist then it is in your Library since your Playlist ARE your Library.
  3. bumbo thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2009
    Thanks for the reply
    I get the logic but seems backwards... In order to have playlists (of singles) I have to have a cluttered library full of one-track albums?
  4. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    So you would prefer to have two separate libraries, one with complete albums and one with singles? Which meant if you wanted to get to a specific song, you might frequently have to check both libraries separately since it is unlikely that you will be to always remember whether you have a given song as a single or as part of a song.
  5. bumbo thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2009
    No my preference would be that those playlists made up of singles do not add them to 'My Library' as it's currently made up of whole albums. Or even have a toggle to display only full albums, much like you can toggle offline-only songs.

    Even with your suggestion, it's not an issue if you used Search. I'm very organised and if I wanted a specific song, more often than not I'd know what playlist it was in.

    I thought you could do this with Spotify, and clearly everyone is making comparisons with that!
  6. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    I very rarely search by song title, simply because I generally don't remember song titles. I also rarely remember album title. Half of the time I don't even remember artist names. What again is the name of the artist/group where a young guy on a BMX bike is on the cover? It's a French group, music style is something fast in the direction of electronica. I discovered it through a Canadian podcast. Another similar band (or song?) is Mozart's Sister. Guess I have to flip through all the 200 covers in that playlist of music discovered via that podcast. If it where some more clearly delineated genre, I might start via that (Hip Hop and Rap is fairly clearly differentiated from other genres and I have sorted things even with more detail: a) 'Hip Hop' is Canadian hip hop or rap, b) 'Hip Hop/Rap' is other English-language hip hop or rap, stuff more voice-focussed, c) 'Hip-Hop' (note the hyphen) is French-language hip hop or rap, and d) 'Hip-Hop/Rap' is German hip hop or rap. Classical is another genre where it is very easy to guess correctly whether a song falls into in the category or not. But for most other genres, similar music could occur potentially in a pretty large number of genres.

    So I hope you see, that not listing all songs (complete albums and singles) under an artist's name would make things significantly more difficult for me.

    Edit: That song I was looking for was 'Time to Dance' by The Shoes.

    Spotify could be made to show two separate 'libraries' (one with full albums and one with singles)? That would be news to me. Or Spotify being a separate library from the iTunes library? If the latter that is not really an achievement of Spotify but the free side-effect of coming from a different company.
  7. bumbo thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2009
    I get what you're saying but maybe this is a clearer example of what I'm trying to explain is the problem...

    If I add an Apple-curated playlist into My Music, the albums that those songs are from are *not* added to 'My Library', however if I create my own playlist, then those albums are. It's this disparity that's annoying. My work and time to ensure my Library is tidy and organised is wasted if these 1-song albums are added purely because I create a playlist.
  8. bumbo thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2009
    So it appears Apple has now fixed this in 9.3. When adding a song to a playlist you now have the option to add it to my music or just leave it in the playlist.

    Thanks for listening apple!
  9. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014

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