11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2012 9:50 AM by DRofe
NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Hi,

I have an album of 15 songs, 5 of which are Christmas songs.

I've created a Smart Playlist called Holiday to gater up all my Christmas songs and music.

I can see only two ways of getting those 5 songs onto my playlist:-

1) change the genre of the 5 to Holiday (thus splitting the album in the iTunes window)

2) create a new iTunes rule for songs "containing" the Holiday genre and rename the genre "Vocal/Holiday" (thus not only splitting the album again, but creating a new genre thumbnail)

Is there any way of getting those 5 songs into the smart playlist without splitting the album?

Also, is there any way that I can call the genre Christmas (instead of Holiday) and keep that Holiday genre thumbnail?

regards

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)
    Put the word Holiday in the comments section of those five songs and add the criteria "Comments contains Holiday" to your playlist.
  • 2. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I tried that but it excluded all the other Holiday songs because they didn't have "Holidays" in the comment section.

    some will ask - why not just put Holidays in all the necessary comments section?

    I respond with - surely not necessary?
  • 3. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    Make the smart playlist so it included genre holiday and comments holiday.
  • 4. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)
    Make sure the playlist is set to Match Any, not Match All.
  • 5. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Nope, changing Match to "ANY" added a load of music unrelated to Holiday or Christmas - can't see any connection between them.
  • 6. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)
    1) change the genre of the 5 to Holiday (thus splitting the album in the iTunes window)

    How/where is it "split"?

    Easiest way to get them all into a smart playlist is to add something to the Comments section such as Holiday.
  • 7. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Chris CA wrote:
    1) change the genre of the 5 to Holiday (thus splitting the album in the iTunes window)

    How/where is it "split"?

    Easiest way to get them all into a smart playlist is to add something to the Comments section such as Holiday.



    Try it and you'll see. That's not a snarky answer, honest, but if you give one of your albums different genres you'll see it.

    As for putting Holidays in the Comments I've already said it doesn't work.

    Cheers for the input though.
  • 8. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)
    It shouldn't split the album unless your sorting by genre. But weirder things have happened.

    If possible can you post a screen shot of your Smart Playlist criteria? What I suggested should work. We're both apparently missing something obvious.
  • 9. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    DRofe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Similar issue, can anyone get their heads around this

     

    I have a smart playlist for my Christmas music.  Matching "any" of the following rules

     

    Name contains Christmas

    Name contains Xmas

    Artist contains Christmas

    Album contain Christmas

    Album contains Xmas

     

    It's works okay but of course this covers all media types, so it's pulling in a couple of Christmas films ,TV programs and videos.  To resolve I added to the matching criteria, Media is Music.  I expected this to do the job except adding the media type caused it to ignore the other matching criteria and pulled in all the music in my library, not just the Christmas stuff.

    I tried building the smartlist again, starting with the media type, but still doesn't work.

     

    Lot's of head scratching, but no solution so far.

     

    Thoughts anyone?  Thanks, Dan.

  • 10. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    Hold Option  and the Plus sign at the end of Kind is music will turn intosome dots ...

    Click this to add a sub-rule and add Name contains Christmas.

    Click the Plus sign to add another rule Artist contains Christmas and add the rest of your rules.

    Make sure to set these sub rules to Match any.

  • 11. Re: Christmas Smart Playlist
    DRofe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Perfect, you are genius!  Thank you, and Merry Christmas