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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse Apps
I've been playing with the new Genius feature form iTunes 8, and sometimes it comes up with good playlists. However, I have an album or two that I bought a while ago and, well, regret buying. I don't regret it enough to delete it from my iTunes library -- I spent money on it! However, I dislike Genius pulling tracks from and reminding me of those wayward purchases.

The simple solution is to uncheck the tracks in your iTunes library.

I also experimented with a smart playlist to ignore 1-star rated songs in the Genius playlist, and hunted for any way of telling Genius not to use 1-star rated songs. However, this solution is far simpler and works unless you use one of unchecked songs to build the Genius playlist.

This might be obvious to some of you, but I don't uncheck tracks in iTunes very often -- only when importing. I hope this helps anyone else out there who might have a case of buyer's remorse that the Genius can't let go.
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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: VesperDEM on Sep 16, '08 09:49:18AM

Another solution might be to create a different music library for "buyer's remore" albums and put all the music that would be considered "1 star" into that library. This way, it's still in iTunes if you need it, but it's out of the main library so that the Genius won't accidentally pick it.

Just a thought...



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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: davidm on Sep 16, '08 09:49:51AM

I use the same trick (unchecking certain less-desirable songs) to make sure that when I "Shuffle Songs" on my iPod I don't hear the songs I'd rather not hear. The other requirement is to check the "Sync only checked songs and videos" option (in iTunes > devices > iPod > summary) when the iPod is connected. Those songs don't sync to my iPod at all, but that's okay with me as they're still on my Mac.




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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: mcmikemn on Sep 16, '08 12:24:06PM
Wired has a wiki (http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Get_Better_Genius_Recommendations_in_iTunes) on how to "Get Better Genius Recommendations in iTunes." One of their suggestions, currently, is:

"Don't customize genres. You may think Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy belongs in a genre like "Avant Garde" or "Techno," but the iTunes Store database (which Genius queries) insists it's "Dance/Electronica." Change your genres to conflict with iTunes and your recommendations will suffer. Try to keep your genres matched with what's in the iTunes Store."

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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: nekomatic on Sep 17, '08 05:17:29AM

I don't agree with that advice - I remove the genre from nearly every track I import into iTunes (i.e. I set it to None) and it doesn't seem to interfere with Genius at all.



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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: VesperDEM on Sep 17, '08 11:45:48AM

I don't agree also. I use Genre to tell some of my Smart Playlists to pick a track to play vrs. not to play. I add a "PL" to the end of the Genre to assign a track as one to use in my Smart Playlists.

Interestingly, iTunes sees those Genre's and puts the correct image in them in the Genre Grid view. So I'm guessing that my "PL" doesn't interfere with the Genius tool either. That and the fact that I can generate Genius playlists just fine.



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The iTunes 8 Genius and Buyer's Remorse
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 20, '08 03:46:26PM

My problem is that it wants to play my christmas music. I like my christmas music, but not until much later in the year. I don't want to uncheck every christmas song I have (not to mention the hundreds of tracks that I have but don't regularly listen to). I should be able to limit it to a playlist or at least a genre.



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