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Approximating iTunes DJ in iTunes 11
Authored by: lokithefirst on Dec 14, '12 12:40:14PM

A major problem with using Up Next as a DJ Shuffle replacement is that changing metadata can stop playback. I have a smart playlist for unrated songs that I listen to through the day and use keyboard shortcuts to rate as they play. If I set my unrated playlist up in Up Next and change the rating, it is moved from the playlist and iTunes doesn't finish playing the track or skip to the next track, it just stops. dead. silent. DJ used to keep on playing and the newly rated song just wouldn't come back up from that playlist.
Also, you can't used Cmd+I to Get Info on tracks from the mini player which can be annoying if you happen to see an error in the metadata during playback.



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Approximating iTunes DJ in iTunes 11
Authored by: interlard on Dec 15, '12 11:37:23AM

Thanks for the warning. Having music just stop dead just because I rated the song or fixed the album name is exactly why I started using iTunes DJ. This is yet another reason not to *downgrade* to iTunes 11.



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Approximating iTunes DJ in iTunes 11
Authored by: rynosoft on Mar 15, '13 02:31:12PM

I do something similar to you. I created a smart playlist that approximates iTunes DJ, too. The key to avoid the music stopping is to turn off "Live updating" in the playlist settings. Limit the playlist to 25 items and you'll have to edit and OK every 25 songs to refresh.



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