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iTunes smart playlists with nested rules
Authored by: doneitner on Oct 15, '12 03:01:55PM

Good to know. It may be worth reminding people also that iTunes smart playlists can be built on top of other playlists (one of the rule conditions is Playlist Is / Playlist Is Not) so that if you've built a complex ruleset once and want to use it again with another condition, you can refer back to the existing playlist.

I use this for instance to filter all my spoken word, video and podcast tracks out of my music, leaving me with a "Music only" smart playlist, and then I build additional smart playlists for each song rating (1-5) by simply referring to the "Music only" playlist and adding a condition for the star rating I want.



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iTunes smart playlists with nested rules
Authored by: BMarsh on Oct 19, '12 10:54:40AM

yeah, I use this method. I made a general playlist that filtered out things I don't commonly listen to (like comedy, holiday music, etc...)
Then one for "Good" that is 3+ stars, and another one for Unrated.
Then I made the next smart playlist pulling the "good general" with BPM filtering to get different "speed" playlists to somewhat match moods or faster music for walking/working - staying awake...


I can see cases where the nesting would making one off smart playlists easier, although I don't think I'll be changing my current setup (easier to debug if I make a logic mistake in the choices)



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