Smart Playlists – multi genre

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  1. blueshadows macrumors newbie

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    #1
    This may get a little complicated, as I'm quite poor at explaining situations, but please bear with me as this conundrum is really giving me a headache!

    I have quite a bit of music on my iTunes, not all of which I listen to. So, to combat this, I've gone through all my albums and in the comments field, labeled the songs which charted as 'SINGLERELEASE'. Also I've labeled the genres accordingly.

    In addition to the above, I've also added into the comments the genre if it appears to be what I'll call a 'multi-genre'. For instance, White Stripes' Hotel Yorba is under Indie-rock, but I also want it to appear on a country playlist, so I've typed 'COUNTRY' into the comments (as well as 'SINGLERELEASE').

    So, we come to where I'm struggling: I've created the Smart Playlist 'Country', settings for this are: Match all of the following rules; Genre is Country; Comments contains SINGLERELEASE. - This will play everything with the Country Genre.

    No, I want to add on the 'White Stripes' example in the same Playlist as the above. ie Match all of the following rules; Comments contains COUNTRY; Comments contains SINGLERELEASE.

    Anyone have any ideas how to do an 'also' command in my Smart Playlist?
     
  2. AndyMoore macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Use the ellipses button after the - and + symbols like this -
     

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  3. blueshadows thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought it would've been that easy, but it didn't work.
    Just seemed to wipe out what was already in the playlist.
     
  4. AndyMoore macrumors 6502

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    #4
    Silly question but did you change "all" to "any" in the drop down box?
     
  5. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Simply changing "Match all" to "Match Any" will not work exactly right, as non-Country SINGLERELEASE songs will appear.

    You'll have to set up a small series of "nested" Smart Playlists.
    First, the original Genre-based one.

    Match All:
    Genre is Country
    Comments contain SINGLERELEASE


    This can be called CountryGenre.

    Then, one that congregates all the Country comments.
    Match All:
    Comments contain COUNTRY
    Comments contain SINGLERELEASE


    This can be called CountryComments.

    Now, the Playlist to Rule Them All:
    Match Any:
    Playlist is CountryGenre
    Playlist is CountryComments


    Call this what you wish. This effectively combines the two other Smart Playlists into one.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  7. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    ^^^ Good one, GGJ. It's the same logic as mine, rendered in a more elegant one-Playlist solution. I may have to utilize that construct for a couple of my playlists.
     

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