Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 4:43 AM (in response to DonGallego28)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 7:26 AM (in response to mcbuffy)
Well, the problem is that I have smart playlists for every artist in my library (which is literally hundreds). With every live update turned on, every time I edit tags for a new single or something it'll scan all the smart playlists for matches. The reason I'd like to have smart playlists instead of regular playlists is that I tend to add a lot of singles, and, especially in the hip hop genre, they tend to have a lot of guest appearances so I'd like the smart playlists to do tehir job.....I'd just prefer to not have it set to live update so I can avoid delays during tagging.
Apparently this is a known side efffect of having many smart playlists in your itunes. I realize my way of working with them might be slightly unconventional in comparison to how they are typically used but it's great for me. If I could leave live update on without any performance degregation then I would but it seems I have to pick.
I read somewhere that if you shut down itunes and restart that it'll refresh all your smart playlists (if live update is turned off).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to DonGallego28)
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
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 10:32 AM (in response to DonGallego28)
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.