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Create a basic sleep timer in iTunes Apps
To create the equivalent of a sleep timer in iTunes:
  • Create a smart playlist
  • Limit it to a certain amount of time (have it select songs at random)
  • Check the Live Updating box
To change the songs that it plays, select all songs in the playlist and press Delete. The list will automatically repopulate itself.

This technique would also work for creating a playlist that selects a CD's worth of random songs.
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Create a basic sleep timer in iTunes
Authored by: vanthal on Dec 02, '03 03:42:37PM

Ah, the tip about deleting to regenerate a random selection was very useful - I'd created random lists in the past, but puzzled over how to regenerate the song selection - shame it can't be regenerated each time the playlist is selected, but I guess that's a job for Applescript or Folder Actions...

Another brief, basic Smart Playlist tip I find useful; I sometimes have to rip CDs while I'm not connected to the web and then grab CDDB info later on. I created a Playlist that selects any song whose title begins with "Track", as all songs are automatically titled "Track 1" and so on - pick the playlist, select all, and Get CD Track Names is all I need to do for any number of albums when I'm back online. So simple it's practically dumb, but I've used it a fair amount...



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Create a basic sleep timer in iTunes
Authored by: jiclark on Dec 02, '03 05:39:52PM

The answer for making the list repopulate on the fly is to add a line in the smart playlist for "Last Played". Make it "not in the last 10 days", say, and there you have it!

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Why the three dashes?
Authored by: jiclark on Dec 02, '03 05:46:11PM
...just curious, but why to my comments always get three dashes appended to the end??? John-o

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Why the three dashes?
Authored by: Cameroon on Dec 02, '03 06:45:33PM

I would guess that you've got something (a blank line even) in your sig.

But that's just me.



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Why the three dashes?
Authored by: jiclark on Dec 03, '03 12:45:50AM
It seems I had three tabs as my sig! Now to see if it's fixed... Preview reveals yes! [Sorry 'bout the bandwidth waste.]

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Create a basic sleep timer in iTunes
Authored by: dfbills on Dec 02, '03 06:38:21PM
Gee has someone been been reading Smartplaylists.com?

This sounds an awful lot like the "Musical Timer" entry! ;)

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Create a basic sleep timer in iTunes
Authored by: Chris Biagini on Dec 02, '03 09:58:10PM

I most certainly have not!

Look, pal, this is my first hint. Pretty stoked, okay? Don't rain on the parade! :)



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