iTunes Basics: Creating playlists and smart playlists
I have been asked “how do you create smart playlists?” so I thought I would begin a new series of iTunes posts; iTunes Basics. I should probably start with an introduction to iTunes, but that will be next.
Creating normal playlists
A normal playlist allows you to add any song to it. There are no limitations to what you can add to the list. To create playlists in iTunes, there are a few ways:
- Clicking the + icon in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
By doing this it will add an untitled playlist to your library as shown in the screenshot below:
You can then rename the playlist as you wish. To add songs to the playlist, you can click and drag the song to the playlist or right-click and select “add to playlist >” and choose your newly created playlist.
Creating smart playlists
A smart playlist is more complicated than a normal playlist. The songs that are contained within the playlist are defined by a set of rules. To create a smart playlist, there are two ways:
- Using the “new smart playlist” from the file menu.
- Using the keyboard shortcuts.
Once a new smart playlist has been created, a pop up is displayed where the rules for the playlist are defined. This is shown below:
For example, if you want to create a playlist that contains songs only by the artist Red Hot Chili Peppers, the rule would be “Artist is Red Hot Chili Peppers”. There are a multitude of different options that you can select, which is shown below:
To have more than one rule to define the playlist, press the + symbol on the right hand side of the pop up box. This will create a second rule, then a third rule and so on. For how to use multiple rules, I will create another post.
This is how you can create normal or smart playlists. If you need any more information, add a comment below!
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