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Restoring Original Smart Playlist.

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joeyjo7 Calculating status...
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Nov 23, 2011 11:00 AM

How do I restore the original smart playlist such as "recently added", "recently played" etc. My daughter deleted a few of them by mistake. Thanks. I have winows xp home edition. an ipod and an iphone 4. I tried re-downloading itunes so i could re-set defaults but it didn't work, thanks.:)

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 11:18 AM (in response to joeyjo7)

    Those are just Smart Playlists, so you can create new ones and set the rules as appropriate, For instance, for the Recently Added list:

     

    "Date Added" -> "is in the last"  -> "1" ->"Days"

     

    You can make the days and the interval to suit yourself; you can have days, weeks or months.

     

    If you look at the various options, you should be able to see how to recreate any of the others, as well as perhaps other useful playlists.

     

    Regards.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 11:29 AM (in response to joeyjo7)

    Easy there, Joey. We're all just fellow users here; no one here gets paid to help, so we reply as we have time and knowledge to offer. Posting multiple demands for answers only a few minutes apart will just irritate people.

     

    The only way to get those default playlists back automatically would be to delete the iTunes library file and rebuild, which would lose any other playlists you're created as well as other information such as playcounts, ratings, etc. Reinstalling iTunes will not help since the library files are preserved. I think building new Smart Playlist will be a lot easier and quicker.

     

    Regards.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,985 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:09 PM (in response to joeyjo7)

    Rebuilding your library is overkill. Just recreate the playlists that you want and have lost. They're not required. The standard list is:

     

    90's Music

    Classical Music

    Music Videos

    My Top Rated

    Recently Added

    Recently Played

    Top 25 Most Played

     

    To rebuild any of the lists simply use File > New Smart Playlist and then enter the rules as shown. As you change options in each row working from left to right the relevant selection boxes or value fields will appear. Use the + symbol to create a new line. When you have finished entering the rules click OK and then give the playlist its name.

     

    90's Music


    Smart Playlist 90's Music.png

     

     

    Recently Added


    Smart Playlist Recently Added.png

     

     

    Top 25 Most Played

     

    SmartTop25.png

     

    I'll post up the others soon...

     

    tt2

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:10 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    I offered that suggestion initially, TT, but Joey seemed to think that would be too much work.

     

    Regards.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,985 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:30 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    Classical Music

     

    Smart Playlist Classical Music.png

     

    This one contains many rules which match with the word "Classical" in different languages. If rebuilding it for your own needs it may be better to include alternate classical styles, opera, choral, baroque etc.

     

    Music Videos

     

    Smart Playlist Music Video.png

     

    My Top Rated

     

    Smart Playlist My Top Rated.png

     

    Recently Played

     

    Smart Playlist Recently Played.png

     

    I should have added at the outset...

     

    Click on any image to see it in more detail.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,985 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:45 PM (in response to varjak paw)

    Dave Sawyer wrote:

     

    I offered that suggestion initially, TT, but Joey seemed to think that would be too much work.

     

    Regards.

    Yep, I think he thought he would need to keep modifying the rules as he talked about needing to change the date. Thought it might be useful to throw up images of how each smart playlist should look. I've been thinking about writing the same up as a User-Tip so half of the images were already on file so to speak.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,985 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:46 PM (in response to joeyjo7)

    joeyjo7 wrote:

     

    thanks. how do I delete the itunes library folder please?

    Deleting the iTunes library may also disturb your iPhone when you come to sync it. Things may have changed slightly with iCloud, but when it comes to syncing your devices with a new library that generally means wipe out and reload. That would kill any saved data and settings for your apps. There are ways around that, but they're more involved than rebuilding the playlists.

     

    tt2

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:59 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    Yes, perhaps having an illustration will show how easy it is; much easier than re-doing the entire iTunes library, obviously.

     

    Ta.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,985 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:39 PM (in response to joeyjo7)

    You're welcome

     

    tt2

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