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iTunes 10 for Mac: Create a Smart Playlist

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Create a Smart Playlist

iTunes can create playlists of certain types of music, songs with certain ratings, or songs that match other rules you specify. iTunes can update these playlists automatically.

For example, you could create a Smart Playlist that’s no more than 5 gigabytes (GB) in size and includes your most highly rated jazz songs. Or you could create a Smart Playlist of songs by a particular artist. When you import a new CD from that artist, the songs are added automatically to the Smart Playlist.

If you want to create more complex rules—for example, with some criteria matching all rules and others matching any—you can create sets of rules, or “nested” rules. You can have up to five levels of nesting.

A Smart Playlist has this icon Smart Playlist icon next to it. iTunes comes with several Smart Playlists already set up, including My Top Rated, Recently Added, and Top 25 Most Played.

To create a Smart Playlist:

  1. Choose File > New Smart Playlist.

  2. Specify your rules.

    The Smart Playlist dialog, with callouts explaining the menus

    To add another set of rules, hold down the Option key and click the Nest button . (When you hold down the Option key, the Add button changes to the Nest button.)

To change a Smart Playlist, select it and choose File > Edit Smart Playlist.

To remove a Smart Playlist, select it in a list on the left side of the iTunes window and press the Delete key.

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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