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How to make a playlist loop

4478 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2006 1:08 PM by marygrimsley RSS
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I just bought a 5G video iPod a couple of days ago; it's my first and I know almost nothing about using it. Everything is working and the sound is wonderful. The problem is that there are apparently fewer controls than I'd expected and I haven't been able to control what it plays to the extent that I'd expected.

The iPod is synched with my Mac and has what is supposed to be identical library and playlists. However, the Mac has lots of playlists set to loop (repeat), and the iPod doesn't seem to have that information: it isn't looping playlists that are set to loop on the Mac.

Is this normal? And, whether it is or isn't normal, is there still a way to instruct the iPod with its own controls to loop a playlist? Another question: is there a way to instruct the iPod to shuffle a particular playlist and to determine the way it shuffles (example, by album instead of by song name)?
The "Shuffle" menu item seems to apply only to the entire (very large) library. I don't see a way to apply its function to a particular playlist.

In reply, please don't assume that I know anything about iPods. I don't, though I've looked through the pdf manual. Does anyone happen to know of any more complete online resources than the Apple manual?

Thanks for any help,
Mary
5G video iPod 60GB. 15" Titanium Powerbook, Mac OS X (10.4.4), QuickTime Pro 7.0.4
  • Alex Tomlinson Calculating status...
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    Jan 24, 2006 12:08 PM (in response to marygrimsley)
    Mary,

    The music library and the content of your playlist is mirrored onto your iPod, you are completely right, however as you have noticed, iTunes save presets for your playing habits when it comes to playlists. Unfortunately, these presets are not transferred onto your iPod.

    You mentioned the repeat and shuffle options, and you said that they only operated when you are listening to your entire library. This in fact is not true. If you set the repeat or shuffle settings, you can then play any playlist or album and the settings will be applied, so for example if you wanted to repeat a playlist, you would set repeat to 'All' and browse to the playlist and commence it either by pressing the play button while the playlist is highlighted in the 'Playlists' menu, or by choosing one of the songs from inside the playlist.

    You may have found that the shuffle option only works for your whole music library because you are browsing for your music by title, by selecting Music > Songs. The list that you see there contains all of your songs. This acts as a temporary playlist. All the songs that you see on that final menu before music is played will be included in your selection, so if you are browsing by song name, your whole library is displayed, and when you select a song, it will start playing that song, and then, because the temporary playlist it has created is based on the whole library, all of the songs in your library will be included. If you wanted to for example repeat or shuffle play and album, you would do this by browsing through the 'Albums' menu. Here you will see that after you select an album name, all the songs in that album appear. When you select one of those songs, that album becomes the temporary playlist, therefore the only music your iPod will shuffle is the music within that album.

    I hope that was helpful,
    Alex
    Dell Dimension 8400, Windows XP, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, nVidia G-Force 6800 GTO
  • Sacharissa2 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jan 24, 2006 12:29 PM (in response to marygrimsley)
    Congratulations! Once you have gotten the hang of it, you will wonder how you ever lived without you new little friend!

    Anyway, in answer to your questions:

    The iPod is synched with my Mac and has what is
    supposed to be identical library and playlists.
    However, the Mac has lots of playlists set to loop
    (repeat), and the iPod doesn't seem to have that
    information: it isn't looping playlists that are set
    to loop on the Mac.


    Your iPod will loop a playlist, but you have to tell it to do that. This is done as follows:

    1) Select SETTINGS from the Main Menu
    2) Scroll down and click on REPEAT until you the option ALL displays to the right of REPEAT (ONE will only loop one song)
    3) Click Menu to return to the Main Menu, and then select the playlist you want to listen to. Your iPod will continue to loop this playlist until you stop.

    Infact, your iPod will continue to loop any play list (or Album) you select until you change that setting. Unfortunately, you can not set the iPod to only loop some playlists and not others - at least I haven't ever found a way to do that - But the REPEAT Setting should allow you to loop whey you want to.


    Another question:
    is there a way to instruct the iPod to shuffle a
    particular playlist and to determine the way it
    shuffles (example, by album instead of by song
    name)?


    Like the REPEAT Setting, there is no way to have the iPod shuffle some playlists a certain way, and others another way. However, you can use Settings to accomplish the same thing. Here's how:

    1) Select SETTINGS from the Main Menu
    2) Scroll down and click on SHUFFLE until the option YOU WANT displays to the right of SHUFFLE. Your options are to shuffle by SONG or ALBUM.
    3) Click Menu to return to the Main Menu, and then select the playlist you want to listen to. Your iPod will continue to shuffle the songs or albums in whatever playlist you select until you go back into settings and select SHUFFLE >>> OFF.


    The "Shuffle" menu item seems to apply only to the
    entire (very large) library. I don't see a way to
    apply its function to a particular playlist.


    This is true. The SHUFFLE on the Main Menu only applies to the entire library. But if you change the settings, as explained above, and then select the playlist you want suffled, you should be good to go.

    Hope that this helps!
    12 inch Powerbook 1.33 GHZ, Mac OS X (10.4.4)

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