The title of this post says it all – I am addicted to iTunes.
I am not ashamed of it and I will happily talk for hours about the hours that I spend on iTunes – either listening to my library, organizing it or just looking at how pretty it is.
Grab a glass of wine, put on some music and prepare yourself.
This is the follow up to I’m Steve And I Am An iTunes-a-holic…Part One
Since it’s impossible to go any journey these days without listening to music I make sure of two things before I leave the house:
(1) I have synced my iPhone
(2) I have my Bang & Olufsen earphones.
The Added smart playlist has the criteria “date added is in the last 2 weeks”. This ensures that I always have the most recent additions to my music library with me at all times.
The Artist Of The Month smart playlist is a new one that I have just set up. It has the criteria “artist is….” and each month I will choose a different artist.
The Listening smart playlist is so that I make sure I have an ever changing selection on my iPhone – new, old and favourites. It has the criteria “name does not contain mix or edit, genre is not Eurovision, playlist is not Christmas, last played is not in the last week, time is less than 5 min and greater than 1 min, and also the playlist must be from Replay or Top”.
The Official UK Top 40 playlist works when I remember to download the weekly UK Top 40 charts and is my way of trying to keep in touch with what the young people are listening to…
I needed my own Rating system and the star system alone was just not good enough for me. So, since I love Doctor Who almost as much as I love iTunes then what better rating system to use than my favourite to least favourite regenerations of The Doctor.
- Five Stars = David Tennant
- Four Stars = Peter Davison
- Three Stars = Christopher Eccleston
- Two Stars = Sylvester McCoy
- One Star = Paul McGann
I’m pretty sure by that revelation it’s safe to say I am in ultimate geek teritory!
These are my “mood” playlists.
The chill out to playlist is a manual playlist that I will add songs to that are quite mellow and that I would want to listen to when I feel like chilling.
The dance about to playlist is a manual playlist that I will add songs to that make me want to get up and dance!
The keep Greg quiet is a manual playlist that I will add songs to when they play and Greg says that he likes, that way when I play them he can’t complain!
The pump volume to playlist is a manual playlist that I will add songs to when I hear them that have to be played with the volume pumped right up!
This is more a “work in progress” set of playlists so that I know what still needs done in order for my collection to be “perfect”…
Assigned To is a smart playlist with the criteria “playlist is not To…” which means I have not yet assigned it to a mood playlist.
Memorised is a smart playlist with the criteria “playlist is not Memories of…” which means I have not yet assigned it to a memory playlist.
Played is a smart playlist with the criteria “plays is equal to zero” which means I have not yet listened to the entire song.
Rated is a smart playlist with the criteria “playlist is not Rated” which means I have not rated it accordingly.
Replayed is a smart playlist with the criteria “rating is greater than Three Stars, last played is not in the last 3 months, plays is greater than 5, times is less than 5 mins, name does not contain mix or edit and genre is not Eurovision” which means that I can listen to songs which I have forgotten to listen to recently.
Reviewed is a smart playlist with the criteria “plays is less than 3, last played is in the last 3 weeks and rating is Three Stars” which works well for new songs I listen to on my iPhone. If I like them, I rate them Three Stars when I am on the go and in case I forget which ones they were then they will show up in this playlist once I sync my iPhone. Genius!
Worked On is a smart playlist which basically searches all my “required fields” for any blanks so I know which ones don’t have the complete data.
The Top 40 playlist folder contains my last.fm Top 40 tracks, iTunes Top 40 tracks and the weekly UK Top 40.
The Weekly playlist folder contains my weekly Top 10 most played songs going back to 2008. I post regular updates in my I’m Listening To… category.
The Yearly playlist folder contains my yearly Top 40 most played songs going back to 2006. I posted a review of them all recently in this archive.
In order to find my “ultimate” song in any category at any point in time I have created this set of smart playlists. They all have the criteria “plays is greater than 10, playlist is i.e. chill out to, rating is Five Star, last played is in the last 1 month, last played is not in the last 1 week”. The ultimate “ultimate” has the same criteria but not restricted to one category.
With the word…
It’s interesting to hear how many songs contain particular words and sometimes putting one of these playlists on really suits the mood/situation.
This was inspired by a feature on my local radio station. They will play a different song from each year of a particular decade. I have a “secret” lists playlist folder that captures every track by year. I then set up smart playlists for the Eighties, Nineties and Noughties which have the criteria to refer back to those lists for each year and select a random song, play it only once and then select a new one whilst moving on to the next year. This is a clever one so I can put on the playlist and hear a different song from each year in chronological order.