Creating playlists by hand is great when you want to pick specific songs for your mix, but with Smart Playlists, you can have iTunes automatically fill your playlist based on the rules you choose. For example, you can make a Smart Playlist of jazz music, your highest rated songs, songs you havent played in a long time, or songs that youve recently purchased.
If you want to use a Smart Playlist to create a CD, and want to make sure all the songs will fit on one CD, you can have iTunes create a compilation of songs that will fit perfectly on a CD. To limit the length of a playlist, simply choose the "Limit to" option and set it to 70 minutes for an audio CD, or 650 MB for a MP3 or data CD.
If you want to hear all the songs from a particular artist that were recorded between 1990 and 2000, for example, you can easily create a Smart Playlist to collect all those songs in one place. To create a playlist using multiple rules, simply click the plus sign button when creating a Smart Playlist. You can add as many rules as you want to get the perfect combination of songs.
You can also create a Smart Playlist by holding down the Shift key (Windows) or Option key (Mac)and then clicking the gear button in the lower-left corner of the iTunes window. In the window that appears, create a rule and then click OK. If there are any songs that match the rule you created, they will be added automatically to the playlist.
If you want to create a Smart Playlist thats a little more complex, you can create a new Smart Playlist using an existing Smart Playlist as one of your rules. For example, you might want to listen to only "Alternative" and "Rock" songs that youre rated with four or more stars. Start by creating a new Smart Playlist that finds all songs with genre set to "Alternative" or "Rock". Make sure you choose "any" from the Match pop-up menu at the top of the window. Now create a new Smart Playlist. Select "Playlist" from the first pop-up menu, select "is" from the next pop-up menu, and then select the Smart Playlist you just created from the list of playlists in your library. Click the + button to add a new rule. Choose "My Rating" from the first pop-up menu, "is greater than" from the next pop-up menu, and then click the third dot from the field provided. When youre finished, click OK. Your new Smart Playlist will find both "Alternative" and "Rock" songs youve rated with four or more stars.
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