Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2012 7:03 AM (in response to BrendanShanahan)
I may be completely wrong on this, but is it possible your playlists are accurately showing you device-specific information? For instance, if you aded five songs using iPad 2, wouldn't that explain why recently added for that device is + 5 as well as why it's +5 compared to ipad1? if most of your music was purchased via iTunes, wouldn't that esplain why the number three is 366?
I realize this wouldn't explain why a playlist of (25) would show any more than 25 however. I do believe there are other users who have experienced this playlist problem however and perhaps one who has had success in correcting it will chime in.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2012 12:57 PM (in response to JiminMissouri)
Unfortunately not - those number do not even closely represent the device specific purchases etc.
I also tried renaming the playlists to more specific names - e.g. "test123abc" to ensure they were syncing. The playlist name updates across all devices with the same song counts.
If I use static (not smart) playlists there is no issue, although if this is the case I want my money back and will happily sync over a cable. There is also no obvious method to get Genius Mixes with itunes match onto my iOS devices.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2012 3:10 PM (in response to BrendanShanahan)
Your issues have prompted me to start doing some experimenting with playlists. I don't have much to report yet, although I suspect part of the problem does lie in the fact that some types of smart playlists were set up with qualifiers that didn't envision multiple iTunes libraries. In my case, there are two computers, an iPad and two iPhones.
Like you, a "top 25" on the iPhone shows a little over twice the number that it should, while on computer #1 the number is correct. I have yet to check the actual tracks or computer #2, but that's next.
You also said you don't see any obvious way to get genius mixes on to your iOS Devices. I have several I set up on my Macbook and they appear on the iphone. The number of tracks on these is the same on computer #1 and iphone #1. If I select a playlist, I get three buttons at the top of the list "edit" "clear" and "delete" Below that is a shuffle button. Hitting that starts the playlist. At the bottom of the track list is a "download all button."
One possible clue is that for several of my playlists, when I selected them on the computer, I got a download icon. When I went to the track list, I discovered one or more songs weren't local on the drive where I set up the playlist in the first place. I went ahead and downloaded those few songs. After I did that, it seemed as though tracks on the iPhone did appear. I haven't nailed this down yet, but I've really just started looking into this. Still, you may want to check to see if you have a handfull of tracks Match says are in the cloud, but not on your computer (regardless of whether you're sure they should be there) and download them.
If I uncover anything more, I'll get back to you.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2012 5:49 PM (in response to JiminMissouri)
I've done a bit more testing. Another poster has been asking about how well iTunes Match handles metadata. Here's a link to what I just posted to their query.
I will keep working on playlists, but in short, my experience suggests full support, particularly in iOS, is certainly not there.