Just like Rules and Smart Mailboxes in Mac OS X Mail, you can sort your iTunes media using rule-based criteria. There's a couple of ways to sort your iTunes music so that it's always playing at least five interesting playlists, so follow along as we whil your iTunes library into shape in just a few clicks.
I recently noticed that my iPhone 4S with iTunes Match enabled is no longer updating play count and last played when syncing with iTunes. The iPhone is not my primary iPod, but I do use it on occasion and I do have a Smart Playlist that uses play count as criteria.
There are several ways that you can browse your music library in iTunes. Its grid and Cover Flow views are really great for picking out an album by its artwork, and you can play an individual track within seconds of it springing to mind, just by typing in the search bar. But sometimes you’ll want to kick back with a tailored selection of songs, or create a playlist for a party.
iTunes Match has finally arrived, a bit tardier than iOS 5 and iCloud released earlier this month, but none the worse for wear. Whether or not you’ve pulled the trigger on the $24.99 per year subscription service -- or are about to -- it might be helpful to know that Apple’s latest cloud-based offering isn’t for everyone. Here’s a look at some ways Apple could make it even better.
For all of its faults, iTunes is a versatile media player, allowing you to organize music in interesting ways -- assuming you know how to do so in the first place. Among the built-in tools offered are Ratings and Smart Playlists, which can be used in tandem to display media in most any way you can imagine.