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Organize in-progress iTunes playlists via renaming Apps
I've got a ton of playlists in iTunes and until Apple lets us have folders in the iTunes sidebar, I'll use this method for creating a new playlist. Right after creating the empty playlist, I'll re-name it " " (just a bunch of spaces). This way, it gets filed at the very top of the the stack of playlists and I will know right where it is when I'm dragging songs to it.

I also usually have a "*" or "%" playlist at the top of the stack for "in progress" lists that I don't finish in one sitting.

[robg adds: Folders in both iTunes and iPhoto would be greatly appreciated as a means of reducing the visual clutter in both programs. I don't do much with iTunes playlists ('select 300 random based on not played within last three weeks' is the only one I actually have!), but I would really welcome them in iPhoto, where I have nearly 100 albums.]
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Organize in-progress iTunes playlists via renaming
Authored by: Fofer on May 11, '04 12:16:12PM

I recall a tip that suggested using various dingbats (like the Apple logo via option-shift-K, or a musical note but I can't remember how to generate that via the keyboard) to sort appropriately.

I even remember seeing a chart that listed the "sort order" of these characters.



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Top is easy; bottom is hard!
Authored by: gidds on May 11, '04 01:43:05PM
As far as I can tell, just about every non-alphabetic character is sorted above letters. Which is great for you, but a pain for someone like me who has a shortish list and would like to be able to put certain playlists at the bottom! My only solution has been to use leading 'z's... [fx: snooze]

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Organize in-progress iTunes playlists via renaming
Authored by: swanksalot on May 11, '04 03:26:31PM

Use "option Z" [code]?[/code] to sort to bottom of list.



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playlist groups
Authored by: sjk on May 11, '04 09:50:14PM
robg wrote: Folders in both iTunes and iPhoto would be greatly appreciated as a means of reducing the visual clutter in both programs.

I'd really prefer they be called something like playlist groups instead of folders. In iTunes/iPhoto I only want one "folder" (at a time): the Library. :-)

Generally, a folder is a "one object in one location" metaphor while an iTunes/iPhoto playlist/album is a "one object in multiple locations" metaphor. The ability to group/organize/browse single instances of objects in different ways, with traditional folders being just one method, is more powerful and flexible.

The last paragraph of dglow's post in Next-generation OS smackdown, circa '06. expresses that idea quite eloquently.

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Organize in-progress iTunes playlists via renaming
Authored by: davidwb45133 on May 12, '04 08:18:03AM

I've developed a similar system because of my iPod. I have way too much music to fit on my iPod and I like to have an assortment of music - jazz, rock, symphonic, etc. I've created several playlists labeled like: • jazz, • rock etc. The bullet takes these to the top of the iTunes list.

The playlists with the bullets are the ones I sync my Pod to. So when I want to load up my iPod I move tunes into these folders (or remove tunes from them). Then I sync the iPod.

Why do this rather than manually manage? Simple. Manual management is no more difficult than my method but manual management means that playtime and rating information does get synced from the iPod to iTunes. Since I like creating smart lists based on last time played or number of times played or rating, this is important to me. 90% of my music listening is done with the pod. I seldom listen to music directly from my computer.



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