iTunes: Play selected albums more often from any playlist

headphonesSay you want to listen to your soundtrack playlist but have music from Interstella5555 play more often.  This tweak will give certain albums more play from any playlist.

Features

  • Randomly selects tracks from playlist
  • Sets a ratio of playlist versus selected albums
  • Playlist refreshes on next play excluding tracks just played

Steps

  1. Create a new smart playlist
  2. Select “Playlist” then “is” then select your playlist
  3. Click the plus symbol and on the next line select “Last Played” then select “is not in the last” then enter 1 then select “days” (skip this step if you don’t have enough songs)
  4. Check the check box before “Limit to” and then enter a number (i.e. 100) then select “random” and click OK.

Create a smart genre

  1. Create a new smart playlist with album to be played more often
  2. Select “Album” then “is” then enter the name of the album
  3. Click the plus symbol and on the next line add a required rating (optional only if tracks are rated)
  4. Click the plus symbol and on the next line select “Last Played” then select “is not in the last” then enter 1 then select “days” (skip this step if you don’t have enough songs)
  5. Check the check box before “Limit to” and then enter a number (i.e. 25) then select “random” and click OK
  6. Repeat these steps (6-10) to add more albums (optional)

create smart albums

  1. Lastly, create another smart playlist.  This will be the one you actually play.
  2. Select “Playlist” then “is” then select playlist created in step 1-4
  3. Click the plus symbol and on the next line, select “Playlist”  then “is” then select playlist created in step step 6-11. Repeat this step as needed if you created additional playlists
  4. On the top line select “any” before “of the following rules”
  5. Leave the check box before “Limit to” unchecked and click OK

Create smart more-plays playlist

Tip

To adjust the ratio of your genre versus specific album(s) adjust “Limit to” number for each. For example setting an equal number would create a 1:1 ratio.

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