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So, I'm trying with all my might to put as much meta-data in my, well, data (iTunes, and more recently my 6,000+ photos) as I can. Sometimes I want to get a good picture of how much more I have left to tag. In iTunes, you can certainly sort according to any field so long as it's visible and just scroll through and add as you go along. But with that method, there's no progress chart to go by.

And here's the hint...

Did you know that if you make a smart playlist using, for example, genre, you can leave the genre completely blank? If you do, then all songs that have no genre will show up in the smart playlist. So the conditions for the smart playlist would basically be: Genre -- is -- [leave this empty]. So, I have smart playlists called No Album, No Year, etc., and then I can just select one of those lists and see that, Hey! I've only got 78 more songs that need an Album tag! You can do this, it seems, with any field. It's a nice way to show what a song doesn't have.

Furthermore, you can do this with Keywords in iPhoto. Since dates sometimes are out of sync, an unmarked photo might sneak itself up into already-keyworded territory when it's imported and consequently gets lost. So just make a Smart Album with Keyword -- is -- [leave this empty]. Now, just as soon as there is even one keyword, it will disappear from the list, so you need to keep track of it if you want to put more on it. Happy metadata-ing.

[robg adds: In iTunes, if you use "Contains" in the smart playlist's setup, you'll get a warning when you try to create an empty condition. You get no such warning, however, if you use "Is" instead of "Contains."]
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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: gotchi on Aug 18, '06 08:15:04AM

is it possible to finde all songs without lyrics ?



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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: Coumerelli on Aug 18, '06 10:18:39AM

It looks like that 'field' is left out of the drop down in the 'rules creator,' so I guess not. But that would be great too!

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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: dmbfan on Aug 18, '06 02:25:11PM
I use the "No Lyrics to Playlist" script from Doug's Scripts. Works great.

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/scripts01.php?page=1#removedeadsuper

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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: alternapop on Aug 18, '06 11:08:07AM

I did to this help with rating songs too. I made a playlist for songs played with no rating that have been played x number of times. Start with a higher number, like 10 or 15 to see songs you play a lot but haven't rated. Then select all and batch rate as you wish. Lower the number to what is appropriate for you. You could go as low as 4 or 5.



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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: morph on Aug 18, '06 11:10:02AM

This makes me happy. I can't wait to do this when I get home! Thanks for the nice hint.



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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: DougAdams on Aug 18, '06 03:03:41PM
This is the correct link for the "No Lyrics to Playlist" script :)

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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: charliektm400exc on Aug 18, '06 04:24:01PM

Does anybody know how to get this to work for missing artwork in iTunes. I have quite a few albums/songs that don't have artwork, because I can't find any on the internet that is suitable. Every now and then I go looking again find a bit more, but it would be handy to have a smart playlist that kept track of the ones that have no artwork.

I experimented with an automator script, that could identify some details of what is held in iTunes, but it didn't have an option for artwork.

Charlie



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Use iTunes smart playlists to reveal missing metadata
Authored by: cynikal on Aug 18, '06 06:13:18PM

check out doug's applescript site mentioned earlier, there are tons and tons of scripts and i remember seeing some that had to do with artwork..



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Also...
Authored by: adamprall on Sep 13, '06 09:17:29PM

If you like a more automated solution, don't forget iEatBrainz - I know someone already suggested this a few years ago, but really it is the only program I've found that really works to recover lost Album, Song info. Most programs use a really "dumb" (i.e. unsophisticated) algorithm that doesn't pick up anything with exactly the right duration, etc.

I'm experiencing problems with iTunes 7 playing my music, though - is anyone else?

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