If you are reading this anywhere other than the conundrum then this post has been stolen.
I’ve discovered the joys of the smart play list. I’m sure the function has been there for some time, but it is only recently I’ve discovered a use for it.
When I listen to music, I tend to put iTunes on shuffle and let it go. I don’t know about anyone else, but I found my Mac seems to have it’s favourite songs which are played over and over, and there have been songs that hadn’t been played in so long I forgot I had them.
That’s where the smart list came in. I made one that has the top 200 of the least recently played songs, and have been listening to stuff that hasn’t caressed my ears in ages.
Here’s how to do it.
In the File menu, choose ‘New Smart Playlist‘.
Check ‘Match the following rule:’
On the pull down menu choose ‘podcast‘. Then in the menu next to it choose ‘is false‘. (This is so your podcasts don’t randomly pop up in your list. If you don’t have podcasts, don’t worry about this rule.)
Check Limit to, then type in how ever long you want your playlist to be (I don’t think it really matters, because it continuously updates, so the list stays fresh). In the pull down menu select ‘Least recently played‘.
Leave ‘Match only items‘ unchecked.
Check ‘Live updating‘.
Click Ok, then give your new Smart Playlist a name.
As an alternative you could also try ‘Least often played’ instead of ‘least recently’.