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

iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices Apps
If you choose to sync music by selecting specific playlists, you select your iOS device, then click the Music tab to check the playlists you want. I do this for my iPhone and iPod touch. I have found, however, that with iTunes 11, any playlist that is empty gets unchecked.

Here's why this is a problem for me. I have a few playlists that I use for listening to new music or podcasts. I manually place tracks in these playlists, when I have something to put in them. However, there are times when I sync my iOS devices that they are empty. In the past, this didn't matter; the next time I added something to the playlists, they would sync. But in iTunes 11, they become unchecked in the Music tab, and I have to manually go back and sync them again.

My solution is to add a very short silent track to the beginning of each of these playlists.Some time ago, I made these silent tracks to be able to use them as pauses in playlists, and posted them on my blog. The shortest one is .1 second, which I created for this hint. Just put the silent track anywhere in the playlist, but remember not to delete it, so the playlist never becomes empty.
    •    
  • Currently 2.57 / 5
  You rated: 1 / 5 (7 votes cast)
 
[6,263 views]  

iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices | 8 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: richwiss on Dec 24, '12 08:14:50AM

A great hack! Thanks.



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: pwsloss on Dec 24, '12 09:35:54AM

Another use for silent tracks: make it a Ringtone and set it for Spam calls. You can't block them, but you can at least sleep through them. (only applies to repeat offenders)



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: howard-ny on Dec 24, '12 03:02:07PM

Anybody know how to do a silent "vibration" ring tone, for the same reason?



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: pwsloss on Dec 25, '12 10:52:52AM

Silent + Vibrate can be achieved by flipping the little switch on the side of the iPhone next to the volume buttons. Be sure Vibrate is enabled with Settings>Sounds>Vibrate>"Vibrate on Silent" selection, but it doesn't have to be enabled along with Ring. The noiseless Spam ringtone is valuable when you need all other rings to be heard.



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: howard-ny on Dec 25, '12 05:49:35PM

Thanks, but this isn't what I was asking. I want a silent vibrate "ringtone" that I can apply to certain contacts. I have a silent sound but no way to stop the vibrating only on selected contacts that I don't what to hear from.



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: gentux on Dec 27, '12 03:57:01PM

Edit the contact and select "None" in "vibration" thats just the group under the numbers.

Edited on Dec 27, '12 04:08:13PM by gentux



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: howard-ny on Dec 29, '12 04:40:16PM

Great, thanks! Somehow I missed the "None" at the bottom.



[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes 11: Empty playlists and syncing to iOS devices
Authored by: Owpaule on Mar 11, '13 08:20:14PM

Thank you for the tip. It helped me.



[ Reply to This | # ]