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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes Apps
This is a simple one, but useful. In iTunes, simply add ".:." in front of the artists you access the most frequently. For example, "Wham!" becomes ".:. Wham!". This has the effect of pushing the so-marked artists to the front of alphabatized lists. This includes not only the artists list in iTunes, but also the list on your iPod (saves a lot of scrolling) and, if you have iTunes set that way, the order of artists in yout iTunes Music folder.
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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: Dale Mox on Oct 06, '03 11:04:28AM

But then you aren't giving correct information... You are saying that ".:. Wham!" sings the song "Boom!" rather than "Wham!". Just a note. I understand the usefulness, if you have many downloaded songs that you never listen to and some which you do, therefore...

Dale Mox



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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: srowen on Oct 06, '03 01:24:08PM

You want Wham! at the top of your list?? :) I should talk... the play count on "Safety Dance" in my collection is probably embarassing.

Why not use the iTunes rating system instead to prioritze artists? Or a smart playlist that lists top-rated artists that have been played in the last week?

I actually have a playlist that lists unplayed songs, or ones not played in a long time. Helps me re-discover albums I haven't heard in a long while.



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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: noblee on Oct 06, '03 02:17:06PM
You could also just use an '*'. I do that for all my multi-artist playlists, e.g., *ThisIsAnAlbumName. It would probably look cleaner than .:.TomJones. If you are curious though, . is before * in the ordering scheme, so your .:. is listed before the * I use. I suppose you could further group items this way, if you were compulsive. Oh, and obviously, this is true in all areas of iTunes and in almost all places in OS X (unless some random app. has its own ordering scheme, it is universal).

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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: gmackenz on Oct 06, '03 08:13:42PM

Don't mess with artist names...You can simply choose to list by "Play Count" or "Last Played" or "Rating" or better yet, just put your 'special character' in "Comments" and then choose that column to display all your favorite tunes first...



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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: avonterr on Oct 06, '03 10:53:58PM

You want to record "your rating" of artists and songs. Why not use the "My Rating" field to built right into iTunes?

Use Edit->View Options to get the "My Rating" field visible in the listings. Then point and click to give your favorites 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0 stars.

If you want to rate all the songs by Wham! as 5 stars, use Get Info with all the songs selected.



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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: dogma00 on Oct 07, '03 04:47:05AM

... or give the rating to the song directly from the iPod. While the song is playing, press the selection button two times, until you get to the rating screen. Scroll the wheel to give a rating.

If you have made a dynamic playlist in iTunes with the rule "list only the songs with rating **** or more", your Wham song will go to the list automatically next time you sync iPod with iTunes.

(I personally would give * or zero to any Wham song, but... ;)



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Prioritize certain artists in iTunes
Authored by: david-bo on Oct 07, '03 10:17:02AM

Hmm, .:. prioritizes Wham up, must be a typo...Alt-a is probably what the author intended to do...

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