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A script to upate the Shuffle's last played information
Authored by: amjbrown on Apr 01, '05 11:31:19AM
Good call! I can't believe Apple haven't fixed this - it seems a very simple and obvious thing to do to update played date with sync time and date. It must break thousands of smart playlists.

I have a similar solution, that also creates a timestamped playlist with the tracks you just enjoyed randomly. I posted it in the ipodlounge forums, and I've been hoping that someone would help me with the performance- it's lousy!!

Link to slow Applescript here

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A script to upate the Shuffle's last played information
Authored by: zimmerleut on Apr 01, '05 03:14:36PM

Well, as you might have noticed, this script is also kinda slow. The reason for this seems to be that iTunes' way to look up songs via their database ID is slow. However, so far I haven't found a faster and secure alternative... So if any of you have a hint on that...

Jonas



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A script to upate the Shuffle's last played information
Authored by: tinb on Apr 02, '05 03:39:39AM
Well, the Shuffle has no date and time settings, so taking "now" as "played date" is only a approximation. That is not good enough for an Apple product ;-)

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An alternative
Authored by: artistry on Apr 02, '05 06:35:12AM

I think the iPod shuffle doesn't store time and date info so it can't add such details to its play count.

Because I'm using my shuffle to listen to music I've not played for a while I have a couple of linked smart playlists I use to get round the problem.

The first selects all rock music with a play count of zero. The Shuffleplaylist is updated from this.

A second smart playlist lists any rock music with a play count of '1' and last played date before 2003. This effectively lists any tracks I've listened to on my Shuffle.

I then select these and apply the 'new last played date' script from Doug's Apple Scripts site.

It's a bit of a complext workaround but it works - only because I'm being quite specific about the tracks I'm listening to on my shuffle, of course. In a couple of years when I've heard all the tracks I've got, it won't be so useful ;-)



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