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Turning your holiday iTunes library off
Authored by: BMarsh on Jan 03, '12 03:12:09PM

yes, highly recommend using Genre's and Smart Playlists... then when you do a few additional things like Rate songs, and add BPM, you can get some pretty specific playlists to match particular settings (Christmas, Halloween, Dance, Dinner Music, General - Fast, General - Moderately Fast, etc..)

Much faster in the long run, although can take a bit of time to do some things like rate most songs (I rated most of my playlist while riding to and from work over the course of about 3 months a few years ago, now I just rate the most recent additions when added, or when time allows, and have a Smart Playlist that just shows the unrated songs)

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Turning your holiday iTunes library off
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jan 03, '12 03:59:02PM

Yeah, getting all your tracks rated can take forever, but it's worth it if you love smart playlists (same goes for photos in iPhoto).

I also do most of my ratings on the road I can almost accurately rate a track without looking, on my iPod Classic :) but if you listen on your desktop there are a few apps that can help. My absolute favourite is I Love Stars (Mac App Store link). Unobtrusive, elegant menubar widget: click to rate, can flash (or make a sound, I think) when you're nearing the end of an unrated song to remind you.

Edited on Jan 03, '12 04:00:03PM by Unsoluble

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