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Song ratings not showing up

245 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 8:44 AM by drtymitts RSS
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Nov 16, 2012 3:45 PM

I rate songs on my ipod while I'm at work but when I plug it in to my laptop at home the ratings don't show up. Any way I can fix this?

iPod touch (4th generation), iOS 6.0.1
  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,915 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 3:22 AM (in response to drtymitts)

    Since you haven't been specific, I'll mention two possibilities:


    • Do you mean that you cannot see the Ratings column in your iTunes Library? If so, turn on the Ratings column by right-clicking in that menu bar and selecting Ratings from the list.



    to give you this:




    • Or do you mean that the Ratings column is there, but the ratings you have set on a song on your iPod do not change in iTunes? If so, how do you manage your iPod, do you use Sync or manually manage?
  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,915 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:49 AM (in response to drtymitts)

    You will need to use Sync.


    Manually manage means just that, you do all the work - manually. However, the only way for ratings set on your iPod to be transferred over to iTunes is to use Sync.


    Sync is short for synchronise, which in this conext, means "to make the same".


    Is there any reason why you use manually manage? With Sync, you still control what is on your iPod, you just need to know how to do that.

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,915 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 3:29 AM (in response to drtymitts)

    drtymitts wrote:


    I just don't want everything in my iTunes library on my iPod.

    Okay, that's fine. There are a couple of options here as well!


    • If you turn off the tick-in-the-box that next to a song...


    and Sync using Sync only ticked songs and videos as shown on the Device/Summary pane (when the iPod is connected to iTunes), then anything that is no longer ticked is not put on the iPod.


    However, if managing that is too large a task, then perhaps some Playlists, or even better, Smart Playlists, may be the answer. You could then choose to only Sync selected Playlists to your iPod.


    For example:

    • Regular Playlists: - add songs and albums to Playlists and Sync only these to your iPod. You then have only part of your Library on your ipod. You change change which Playlists you Sync whenever you wish.
    • Smart Playlists: - I have several Smart Playlists, which are set to automatically remove songs from the Playlist once they have been played and only put them back into the playlist after several months. If you were to do this, and then Sync only selected Playlists, then each Sync of the iPod would update the Play count, remove the song from the Playlist (if that's what you want) and therefore from the iPod too, and then put songs back into the Playlist - and therefore onto your iPod as well, after say, six months.


    In fact, I have the following:

    1. Smart Playlist with 3, 4 and 5 star rated songs that I have not played for 7 months
    2. Smart Playlist with 2 star rated songs that I haven't played for 13 months (note the different time scale)
    3. Smart Playlist of songs that I have not played recently, and never rated, limited to 45 songs
    4. Smart Playlist of songs that I have never played, limited to 75 songs


    ... and here's the really clever bit;

    All those Playlists are in one Smart Playlist, named Ultimate. I frequently play only from the Ultimate playlist on my iPod. It gives me an "always different" mix of my favourite songs, not so favourite songs and new songs - without any effort on my part! I don't hear the same songs tooo often and I only have to Sync the iPod with iTunes every now and again.


    If you like the idea of a Smart Playlist and need any help creating one or two to suit you, all you have to do is ask.


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