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music ratings - why isn't it automated

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ccooper737 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 13, 2012 12:52 PM

When importing a CD into ITunes, iTunes has the capabilty to pull in the detail. Why doesn't it pull in the ratings automatically? Other applications do it but not ITunes.


I would love to be able to setup playlists based on industry ratings vs. manually marking each song. I have almost 4000 songs (yes they're legal) and it's an impossible task to mark each one.

Ipod, Windows XP Pro
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to ccooper737)

    The rating system in iTunes (and Windows Media Player, Winamp, MediaMonkey et al) allows you to set your personal rating. There currently no feature to allow iTunes to import ratings from third party services. Drop a line to iTunes Feedback with the suggestion if you like.



  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,890 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to ccooper737)


    Have I understood you correctly?


    You want your choice of songs, in your Library, to be rated with someone else's choice on how much you like the songs.




  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:55 AM (in response to ccooper737)

    We're fellow users here. As before you can send the suggestion to iTunes Feedback. Frankly I'm not interested in third party ratings of my media but I suppose there might be some merit in it as an additional piece of information, not that you made that suggestion originally...


    Drawbacks: Manual track and album ratings plus automatic track and album ratings derived from manual ones already cause enough confusion, particularly when smart playlists become involved. Which third party rating service are you going to use? Who is to pay for the data? Apple or the user? Or did you just want the iTunes Store popularity rating which I presume is based on store download rates and is therefore probably skewed to recent releases?



  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,890 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to ccooper737)

    Perhaps you haven't explained clearly enough, because I'm none the wiser. I made the association, not leap, from the post you left and actually asked if I had understood you correctly.


    Many people here are probably aware of my sometimes caustic reponses, but I genuinely cannot see the merit in having industry ratings imposed on a personal collection. I would hate it.


    Along the lines that tt2 has mentioned, I have experience of marking a song with a rating, only to find the whole album marked with that same rating, when it's most definitely not what I wanted. It makes it impossible to mark songs on an album with different ratings, and I have had to battle with one or two albums to get them rated with my preferred rating, not someone else's.


    Anyway, as tt2 has suggested, you can send your idea as feedback to Apple, which makes more sense than posting your questio here. Especially as, to answer your original question music ratings - why isn't it automated?, would call for speculation on our part about an Apple decision, which is forbidden by Apple in their forums.

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,890 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 10:59 AM (in response to ccooper737)

    ccooper737 wrote:


    The user could create playlists leveraging what the "industry" experts thought was a 5 star song. You got a fairly decent playlist although there were songs I didn't necessarily agree.

    I have well over 4000 songs in my Library (as a result of years of collecting) but I wouldn't place any faith in industry rankings. None at all.


    Sorry, but that's my opinion. You are entitled to yours, and I'm not knocking you.


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