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I'm getting a "genius is unavailable for this song" message on recent albums, after genius is updated, feels wrong!?

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russelljsmith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 16, 2011 7:15 PM

When I try to create a genius playlist from some of my most recently bought music I get the message "Genius is not available for this song" (righ click > Start Genius to cerate the playlist).


I'm guessing that for music that has only just been released or is obscure genius might not be able to start a playlist, but I'm still getting this message on some popular albums that have been out for some months now.


These are the albums I've bought over the last six months that I can't make Genius playlists from. I don't really follow the charts but I'm pretty sure the Adele, Cut Copy and Mark Ronson albums have sold enough copies by now that I'd expect them to show up in Genius results.


  • Miami Horror - Illumination
  • Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Soundtrack
  • Cut Copy - Zonoscope
  • Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - The Golden Year
  • Adele - 21
  • Adele - Rolling in The Deep (EP)
  • The Black Keys - Brothers
  • Röyksopp - Senior
  • Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. - Record Collection
  • John Lennon - Power to the Peope - The Hits
  • Underworld - Barking


I've tried updating genius, disabling genius and the reenabling it. Disabling genius, deleting the file "iTunes Libary Genius.itdb" then reenabling it. All my other results come back but these albums still don't have Genius working.


All but one album were bought from the iTunes store, most in the New Zealand store, some from the UK store (I recently moved), the other album was bought from another MP3 store but is available on iTunes.


My music libary in iTunes is currently 108GB / 10,300 tracks, a mixture of songs bought from iTunes and MP3s ripped from my CD collection. I'm using the latest version of iTunes (10.2.1) on the latest verison of Snow Leopard on a 2010 iMac. I sync the Mac with my iPhone, iPad and Apple TV (old generation).


If anybody can help explain why these songs don't allow me to create a genius playlist from them I'd really appreciate it.


Thanks / Russ

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
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