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Create Smart Playlists for iPods without music in iTunes iPod
If you create a smart playlist in iTunes, even if there are no matches, when you transfer it to an iPod it will use the criteria to select from that iPod's library.

Say your iPod syncs with computer A, but you only have computer B with you, which only has a small fraction of the music on computer A and/or the iPod. You can connect the iPod to computer B's iTunes, set it to manage music manually, then create a new smart playlist on iTunes containing criteria which refer to music which is on the iPod but which isn't on computer B. iTunes shows it as empty, but when transferred manually to the iPod, the criteria work and it fills up based on the library in the iPod. In other words, the smart playlists on the iPod are actually dynamically generated on the iPod itself.

Just make sure you don't set the iPod to sync with computer B, or it will wipe out whatever's on the iPod. See the directions here under "Connecting your iPod to another computer" for background info.
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Create Smart Playlists for iPods without music in iTunes
Authored by: yaymichael on Dec 28, '06 11:28:39PM

How do you do this with the computer the iPod normally syncs to? Alternatively, does anyone know how to sync the contents of a smart playlist (which is itself dependent on a group of other smart playlists) without having to sync the contents of the parent playlists to the iPod?

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Create Smart Playlists for iPods without music in iTunes
Authored by: deef on Dec 29, '06 08:00:18AM
I'm not sure what you're asking with the first part of the Q -- you would create a smart playlist and sync it.

Re: the second part -- I am guessing you have smart playlists which include "playlist is xxxxxxx" in their criteria in order to get around the fact that you can't have any of / all of (i.e. or / and) criteria in the same smart playlist. Unfortunately I don't know of an iTunes-based solution until Apple lets users have multiple sets of criteria.

There's a program called "Playlist Blender" which I haven't tried--doesn't look like it's been updated in a few years but it's here:

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