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macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 17, 2010
Hey folks, Ive set up a smart playlist to populate the last 55 songs added that are located in a particular playlist folder.

The playlist when viewed in iTunes is perfectly correct.

Once syncronised and view with my iPod, its also correct in the order dislayed in iTunes (most recently added at the top)

However when the same smart playlist syncronised with my iPhone 4S running 5.0.1, there are about 10 songs missing an in a random order??

The strange thing is that if i do a spotlight search on my iPhone for the particular songs missing from the playlist, the songs are found and play perfectly. There isnt any way for these songs to be included in any other playlist either which is even stranger...

Can anybody shed any light on why this is happening? Its quite important for me to have this playlist working faultlessly as it does so well on my ipod.




macrumors 68000
Apr 18, 2010
Smart Playlists and syncing is a complete mess in iTunes/iOS devices.

For example lots of times the play count is displayed incorrectly showing that you've played a certain song thousand times when if you fact you haven't.

Last Played Smart Playlist is not properly updated, and so on...

It's too dependent on the iTunes, Apple should allow the users to create smart playlists on the iPhones and iPods and be iTunes independent.


macrumors 68020
Oct 27, 2010
HR 9038 A
Made a smart playlist for Recently Added a few weeks ago. It populates in iTunes but is completely blank on my iphone even after a few syncs and adding new songs :/


macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 17, 2010
Glad to know I am not alone with this issue.

I am a DJ and constantly adding new songs to my library each week and travelling for hours on end to gigs gives me a perfect opportunity to listen to the most recently added which is perfect in theory, but it seems that my iPod is the only way this can be done confidently without any being missing.


macrumors newbie
Dec 30, 2011
Playlist not syncing

I'm having a similar issue. I'm not using the Smart playlist just the regular one. The songs ar listed in itunes even when I connect the device and click the playlist in itunes it's there but nothing is on my phone just the playlist name, no songs. And the other playlist shows 3 out of 16 songs. I've tried syncing the entire library and playlist. Nothing works.
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