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iTunes 9

given how much this blog was originally about apple stuff, it is funny how little I post about all things Mac these days.

but, I wanted to give a little shout-out to iTunes, which received a major version upgrade last week. i would certainly recommended updating to this version when you have the chance.

the genius feature, while not new with version 9, is easily my favorite new function from the past few versions of iTunes. I think it gets a bad rap as it tends to repeat stuff if your library isn’t that large, and it doesn’t always stay within the same mood.

but on the whole, it makes interesting playlists quickly. i think through some serious manipulation of the smart playlists, you can make some pretty nice “radio-style” playlists… but it’s really not worth the effort when you can click the genius buttton and start listening.

i actually sent in an enhancement request to apple, something I’ve never done before with iTunes. I can’t imagine how much thousands of hours I’ve used iTunes, and this never occurred to me before.

what if you had the option to get “relative dates” when you shrink the last played or date added fields? Then, instead of seeing a whole list of dates and times, you would see last played as “Last month” or “Last week”.

A few months later, I don’t really care about the specific time of day, and I’d just like a quick visual for how long it has been since the last play.

(on a related note, I’ve long felt that instead of simply storing play count and last played date, storing every plays timestamp could lead to some interesting smart playlists, show me things that i’ve listened to 10 times in the past week, for example. as it currently stands, you can only pick things that have, for example, play counts greater than 10, and that the last play is in the last week)

Anyway, upgrade when you get the chance!

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  1. I upgraded last night!

    Gail9/12/2009 @ 5:22 pm
  2. i upgraded the first day it was available. I love your idea for the time of last played. I now create a playlist of my 4 and 5 stars of my favorite genres that have not been played the farthest back. Turns out to be a nice way to rotate through a good chunk of my library in an orderly fashion.
    I am still waiting on the search capability to extend to the notes field in iTunes. But alas still not in this version.

    Steve Ward9/13/2009 @ 3:36 pm
  3. Dude, remind me to school you on the awesome smart playlist scheme that mrkvm invented a few years ago. I’ve been using and tweaking it for a few years now, and it’s all based on ratings, play counts and last played dates. I swear by it!

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