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rpedde
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@iris wrote:

However, I’m under the impression that one can construct even more advanced smartplaylists than the wizard provides – that’s perhaps where some examples would be helpful.

The page fizze posted is the dry, terse, but most accurate description of the smart playlists.

I’ll share with you a couple of the playlists I actually have, though:

“Smiths/Morrissey”:
Artist includes “Smiths” or artist is “Morrissey”

I use “includes” for the first one, because I can never remember if I tag it as “The Smiths” or as “Smiths”. And that way if I tag an album wrong, it’s still right.

If I were really depressed, I’d add a “Artist is “elliot smith”” in there as well. :-/

I tag most of my music genres with categories and subcategories, or with overlapping genres like: “trance/psytrance/goa” so I can do genre queries that are specific:

genre includes “psytrance”

or ones that are looser:

genre includes “trance”

If that makes sense. A lot of times I make a quick smart playlist for something I just want to listen to right now, and delete the playlist later — my laptop is right here by the couch, so it’s easy to open it up and make a playlist.

Another one I keep all the time is a recently added playlist. I like to listen to stuff as an album, and I usually listen to new stuff over and over again for a while. Don’t ask me why, it’s just how I listen to music.

So I have a “recently added” playlist like:

time_added after 1 month before today

Which gets stuff I’ve added in the last week.

here’s a playlist that gets good music that isn’t my wifes:

rating > 80 and genre !includes “country”

Or, just to keep my wife’s icky music out altogether:

path !includes “/music/linda/”

which corresponds to the directory fragement where my wife puts her “music”.

Is it true though that by using smart playlists that “playcounts” will be incremented and updated to the tag automatically OR to enable this functionality one has to incorporate some other syntax. If the latter is the case anyone have an example??

Play counts and play times are updated automatically, but I don’t have a “top n” playlist specifier that would make it worthwhile, but the data is being accumulated right now for when there are more flexible playlist criteria.

One other thing, I see that iTunes uses smart playlists. I have never and do not want to use iTunes. Will that have a bearing on what I’m trying to do here.

No relation, except that it was a good idea that I wanted to steal. 🙂

— Ron