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How do you update smart playlists with live update turned off?

1112 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 10:32 AM by Chris CA RSS
DonGallego28 Calculating status...
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May 7, 2012 3:54 PM

If I create a smart playlist in itunes and deselect live updating then how exactly does the smart playlist load up?

The reason I ask is that started setting up Smart Playlists for all of the artists on my computer and they're all set to live update which is consequently slowing down my itunes.  I realize that I may not necessarily need that. My question is exactly would I go about manually updating a smart playlist that has live updating turned off?

  • mcbuffy Level 4 Level 4 (1,050 points)



    Smart Playlists should be used with live updating turned on. It's useless if you don't use that, you could simply create a playlist folder. You can't manually add a file to a smart playlist, you can only modify its settings.

    Maybe it's slow because that's the first time it's updating and you have many files.


    Hope this will help.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,685 points)

    You could double check by looking at the playlists at the bottom of the library.xml file but I believe re-starting iTunes does get it to re-generate the smart playlist.  Otherwise I have seen this question asked a number of times in the past but I have not seen any way to have a smart playlist update other than turning live updating back on, then turning it off again (a real nuisance).


    You could send a suggestion to Apple to implement a feature;


    G4 Quicksilver 2x1GHz 250/120GB HDs, Mac OS X (10.4.11), OS9.2.2, iTunes7.5, QT7.4&QTP2.5.1
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,485 points)

    DonGallego28 wrote:


    how exactly would I go about manually updating a smart playlist that has live updating turned off?



    Select the Smart playlist, select all the songs in the smart playlist and press Delete.

    Everything will be removed and it will immediately repopulate based on the criteria.


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