Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes Apps
I often play a couple of albums one after the other, and had been using a scratch playlist for this purpose: Drag albums into the playlist, play albums, delete albums from playlist, then repeat the next time I want to do the same.

I've now discovered iTunes DJ can be used for this purpose in partnership with an empty playlist: Create an empty playlist and set iTunes DJ to source the songs from it. When you do, you'll receive a warning prompt that the playlist is empty. iTunes DJ will now only play songs you drag into the list, stopping if it runs out; and clears out played songs after the amount specified in Settings.

This has the small benefits of not having to clear out a playlist, quicker right-click access to add songs to the play list, and it also means guests (iPhone/iTouch) can always request songs (though I haven't tested this).

[robg adds: For more on iTunes DJ, check out this article by Kirk McElhearn.]
    •    
  • Currently 2.33 / 5
  You rated: 1 / 5 (9 votes cast)
 
[8,465 views]  

Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes | 6 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes
Authored by: jantonc on Jul 20, '09 09:11:34AM

I simply highlight multiple tracks, control-click, and select one of "Play in iTunes DJ", "Play Next in iTunes DJ", "Add to iTunes DJ"

Or drag selection to iTunes DJ (equivalent to add) - the only way to get videos on the list.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes
Authored by: boxcarl on Jul 20, '09 03:15:41PM

I've been doing this since they called it Party Shuffle. Works well.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes
Authored by: glgray on Jul 20, '09 05:53:21PM

Excellent hint! Thank you. I wish I could do this without having to keep an empty playlist around, but that is a small price to pay.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes
Authored by: Frederico on Jul 20, '09 11:39:10PM

Huh.

Generally, when in manual mode, and I want to play an album, I just start to type its name in the search field while my main Library or Music playlist is selected. I stop when the only items being displayed are part of that album. Then I hit play. Depending on whether or not my repeat mode is on, it either stops when the album is done, or I stop it when the album repeats.

I guess the utility of this hint lies in stacking multiple albums, or allowing you to be able to continue to mess around in iTunes without opening a second browser window.

The more recent way I have been doing this, however, is using Sizzling Keys (free) Find feature; I can type in any album name in the global find popup window, and select 'add to iTunes DJ and/or Play. This also allows me to stack songs and albums, without ever actually going into iTunes. Very cool.

The original poster might want to check this feature out; sounds a bit easier than all the dragging and dropping into host playlists that later need be cleared.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes
Authored by: glgray on Jul 21, '09 08:36:25AM

That's the whole point, the playlist doesn't need to be cleared -- it is cleared by iTunes DJ. You can set it to keep n played songs, but you can also set it to immediately clear played songs. It's a very cool hint.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use iTunes DJ with your own selections in iTunes
Authored by: Frederico on Jul 21, '09 11:56:49PM

OK, I guess I see the point of you don't use DJ for anything else. Since I like DJ targeting other lists (more useful to me daily), I prefer not to have to go into DJ prefs to back and forth my targets. My method adds what I want temporarily, and clears itself, returning to original DJ prefs.

That said, and as I said earlier, the utility of this hint is clear if your listening habits are those described by the OP.



[ Reply to This | # ]