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This is a very simple hint, but maybe useful to any of you like me. I have almost 1,500 unrated songs in my 8,000 song iTunes library. Because many of these songs are not my *absolute* favorites, I have never gotten round to rating them, but I do want them to show up in many of my Smart Playlists (that use ratings in various ways). So ... how to rate them...

I have a smart playlist called To Be Rated (auto updating for all songs rated less than 1 star). I used to listen to this at work and rate songs as I went (using the excellent iTunes Rating app). However, if I was really enjoying something and I gave it a 4 or 5, it would suddenly stop playing and disappear as it was ejected from the smart playlist once it was rated. Furthermore, if I really was absorbed in the track, I might forget to rate it and then had to laboriously go back and find it.

Solution! Make the Party Shuffle playlist work off the To Be Rated smart playlist. Now even if I rate songs while they are playing, they will not stop as they are part of the Party Shuffle -- but they *will* fall out of the To Be Rated playlist. And what's more, I can rate the songs after they have been played by setting Party Shuffle to show the last 10 songs played. Simple yet effective.

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: greenplasticcup on Aug 27, '04 12:28:25PM
This is a great idea. I recommend mixing this idea with the use of the free app sizzling keys for itunes - so you can just rate the music right from your keyboard. It's simple, transparent and quick.

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: bboros on Aug 27, '04 09:28:08PM

A fantastic tip for an already fantastic hint! Thanks!



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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: allanmarcus on Aug 27, '04 01:54:13PM

Great idea. What is the "excellent iTunes Rating app" you refer to?



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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Aug 27, '04 05:04:37PM
i use Salling clicker and an apple script based on these to rate tracks on the fly. the 10 key on my cell phone maps to the 10 key on my JVC remote quite well, and i use the auxiliary keys for what i used play, pause, stop, ff, and rew for :)

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: willbank on Aug 31, '04 06:39:47AM
Hi - thanks for the comments about the hint - you can find the app here: iTunes Rating app

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: crashcane on Aug 27, '04 03:19:17PM
To those who use Konfabulator, iTunes History is a great widget for rating songs.

It can show the rating for up to the last 10 songs, and lets you change them.

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: azguy on Aug 27, '04 06:01:56PM

That's TOO funny!

I *just* discovered this myself, earlier today... and was going to add it to my Party Shuffle tutorial at iPodlounge. Now I'll have a hard time taking full credit for it!

Good tip, regardless who found it first :-D... I'll use it a lot!



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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: spegis on Aug 28, '04 04:56:25PM

This is somewhat related, but as you are someone from ipod lounge, I thought Imight as well ask, I enjoy using my ipod at work, and well where ever I am, and I rate the songs as i listen to them. I then come home to my tower, adn plug in my ipod, and with auto update ipod (in iTunes) set to manual update, I'm looking for an easy automatic way to have the ratings sync with the songs saved in my towers library (a mirror of the ipod), but if i try syncing the files changing it to auto update then it just erases the ratings on the ipod. Is there an easier way?



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Problems with Ratings
Authored by: luhmann on Aug 27, '04 11:05:43PM

My problem with iTunes ratings is that they are not saved with the tracks themselves (as are other MP3 tags stored in the info window). This is a real problem for me, since I move songs back and forth between my laptop and my firewire drive to save disk space. If I spend a lot of time rating everything, it all gets lost in the shuffle...

There should be some app that saves ratings as MP3 tag info and then re-creates it automatically when it detects the correct tags!



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Problems with Ratings
Authored by: stonemtn on Aug 28, '04 01:39:18PM
Try this: Rating Writer. I haven't used it myself but the description sounds like what you are looking for.

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: ahknight on Aug 28, '04 03:15:12AM

Thank you! I never thought of that! I was doing it the obvious way and using a "No Ratings" Smart Playlist and just trudging through it when I got bored, but this makes perfect sense for getting through those -counts- -sigh- four thousand songs...

But hey, at least 9,000 are rated. ;)



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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: DougAdams on Aug 28, '04 02:24:53PM
FYI: Rate Me! Rate Me! is an AppeScript applet that watches your playing tracks and when an un-rated track starts playing displays a dialog with a demand it be rated.
While you could easily rate the current track from the iTunes icon in the Dock, this script interrupts you and compels you to do so, and only if it is un-rated.

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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: Imaria on Aug 28, '04 04:15:23PM

I use SizzlingKeys4iTunes to do this, along with a few playlists like "***", "***+", "****", "****+", etc. This allows me to listen to groups of songs I like by rating with a visual indicator.

I have actually used the Macintosh Star character in place of "*"'s, making it an exact visual.



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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: jpbjpbjpbjpb on Sep 04, '04 11:18:51AM

I use Butler (see http://www.versiontracker.com) to rate my tracks as I listen to them, among the many other things Butler does.



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A simple iTunes rating trick
Authored by: randomgeezer on Apr 04, '06 01:40:39PM