“Smart playlists” are self-creating lists of songs that update themselves according to rules you define—the number of times a song has been played, its rating, its genre, and other such criteria.
To create a new smart playlist, choose File → New Smart Playlist (Option-
-N); see Figure 8-19 for help. The Smart Playlist dialog box opens, letting you set the rules you’d like to use. When the dialog box closes, you can type a new name for your playlist.
Figure 8-19. Here’s another way to open the Smart Playlist dialog box: Option-click the + (New Playlist) button. When you’ve done it right, the usual + icon (left) becomes a gear shape (right).
Creating one of the most useful smart playlists—a playlist that simply plays every song once—sounds as easy as pie, but there’s actually a little more to it than you might expect.
Open the Smart Playlist dialog box (Option-
-N) and then proceed as shown in Figure 8-20.
A song is not considered fully played until it ends, so if you skip ahead with the “next song” button (the >> button above the volume bar), the skipped songs remain in the unplayed category and will therefore come up again. If, later, you ...