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The downside of using the "Smart Playlist" to control iPod syncing
Authored by: DanPritchard on Apr 01, '04 05:09:32AM

I use a similar method to restrict my work iPod to 5GB of my best and most relevant music.

The downside is, when you select to "Only sync these playlists," you also don't get any other playlists on your iPod unless you explicitly enable them too.

For a simplistic example, let's say your library consists of ten songs by Weezer that are five-star great, and two songs by the Talentless Hack Band that you keep around because your roommate insists on hearing them every day. You don't want the (one-star) THB songs on your iPod, so you make a S-Playlist that excludes one-star songs and set up iPod to only download those songs.

Let's say later you make a couple of playlists consisting wholly of Weezer Songs, "Weezer's Top 5 Hits" and "Three Sad Songs By Weezer." When you sync your iPod, you won't see either of those playlists on it unless you go back in and manually add them to the "whitelist" in iPod options. And what if you don't necessarily want to add a song to iPod just because you happened to drag it over to a previously-"whitelisted" playlist?

I like to use my one complex S-playlist to do all the controlling of what songs download, so I don't really want to have to go enabling other playlists every time I make them just so I can have playlists to listen to on my iPod. I think there should be an option to send all playlists to iPod, even if the songs aren't there. The iPod would just skip songs that were absent, and those who were bothered by that would just leave the option in its default, off, state.

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