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View tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist Apps
There is an easy way to view and manage tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist.
  • Find the Genius Mix you are interested in.
  • Start playing it.
  • Click on the small Genius symbol that is in the right of the small window in the middle of the iTunes menu bar.
  • Now you can view, manage, refresh and save the playlist.
[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. This sure wasn't obvious, at least to me.]
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View tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist
Authored by: hamarkus on Jun 06, '11 08:03:14AM

It is not obvious because it is not true. Clicking that Genius icon just creates a plain vanilla Genius playlist based on the currently playing song.

Try it out: start playing a Genius mix, do a skip forward and then a skip backward to see what would be the next song in that mix, then press the Genius icon, the result is a 25 song Genius playlist of the current song ... and the second song will be different from what the Genius mix would have played.



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View tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist
Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 06, '11 08:11:32AM

You beat me by six seconds. :-)

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View tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist
Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 06, '11 08:09:14AM

No, I'm pretty sure this is mistaken. What happens is that you are creating a Genius playlist from the currently playing track, not seeing what is in the Genius mix itself. You can see this by skipping ahead a few songs in the Genius mix, then going back to the first song and clicking the Genius icon in the iTunes LCD (that's the name of the thing at the top of the window). You'll see that the songs that show up are not the same as those in the Genius mix.

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View tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist
Authored by: westpole on Jun 06, '11 08:30:44AM

I don't believe the hint is correct. What appears to be happening is:

When the genius symbol is clicked, a genius playlist is created based on the currently playing song. The next song played is from the genius playlist, not from the genius mix.

Here's how I verified this. I started playing a genius mix and clicked on the genius symbol and saw a genius playlist just as the hint described. I opened a separate window with this genius playlist. I then went back to the main itunes window and started playing a different song from my music library. I switched back to genius mixes and hit play on the same genius mix that I had originally started with.

The song that played was not in the genius playlist that was opened in the separate window. The genius mix and the genius playlist based on a song from the mix were independent.

I find the genius mixes to be too flawed to be much use. Genius ignores the ratings of songs which I have spent a great deal of time assigning. Further it ignores the genre which I have assigned or which comes from the CDDB. Instead it appears to assign genre based on the artists name. So I find that the classical guitarist named John Williams is taken to be the same as John Williams the composer of the music for Star Wars and many other movies. In Genius mixes, John Williams the classical guitarist is played in the soundtrack mix. Another example is an old album of Hoyt Axton singing folk songs. Genius knows that Hoyt is a country singer and plays him in the country mix, never in folk or singer/songwriter. Some genius Genius. (BTW I long ago submitted bug reports on these flaws but there is no sign that anything will ever be done about them.)



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View tracks in an iTunes Genius Mix playlist
Authored by: crarko on Jun 06, '11 02:15:03PM

Huh. It seemed to work when I tried it out but my testing was hardly exhaustive. I suppose it was just a fluke then, if most of you are having trouble reproducing this.

Maybe the author will comment; but if not I'll probably delete this if people can't get it working.

Craig A.



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