9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2013 1:33 PM by greendan
Michael Josephs Level 1 Level 1

I am not able to create a new smart playlist in iTunes 11. Is anyone else. Now I did subscribe (stupidly) to iTunes Match just after upgrading so that could be part of my problem, but I doubt it. Can anyone else create a new smart playlist in iTunes 11.

iMac, iOS 6.0.1
  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5

    I just created a test Smart Playlist and it worked fine.


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  • Michael Josephs Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks so much Joe. Are you subscribed to iTunes Match? (just trying to ensure the environmentals are the same).  I created  a smart playlist (like I have a thousand times before), and after specifying the criteria, I get no songs. I tested by recreated existing ones, by cutting and pasting the criteria. Still no luck. I am begining to suspect that iTunes match may be playing a role.


    Thanks, Michael

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5

    I do not subscribe to iTunes Match.

  • Trifster Level 1 Level 1



    Non-itunes match itunes 11 user here. came across this thread after thinking i was going crazy as to why a simple genre based smart playlist i was creating was not populating. seems you and I are not alone in this issue. I got one playlist to populate based on artist but no clue what i did to make it work. now trying to create a smart playlist for "Holiday" and nothing despite seeing 107 songs in my library under the "Holiday" genere. ugh!



  • kilima Level 3 Level 3

    Please make sure that all your music is "Checked".


    (View Options, tick the Checked box so that it shows as an item in your SONGS list, then see if your songs are checked.)

  • JotaPe64 Level 1 Level 1

    After installing iTunes 11 most of my songs were deleted (recovered them from Time Machine), all ratings were gone and of course all playlists were empty.   Be glad you have your songs and sorry I cannot be of much help.

  • Michael Josephs Level 1 Level 1

    OK, It seems to have to do with my subscription to match at the same time upgraded to iTunes 11. If you are doing an initial "Match", you cannot create smart play lists at the same time. Once the match was done, smartplaylists started working.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6

    I see this same glitch


    I tried creating a new smart playlist based on genre


    and I can not get the Smart Playlist to populate-  zero, zip, nada, nothing.  Hmmm?


    iTunes 11.0.2



    So what I had to do, was delete the smart playlist.


    Select all my music from the main library, then


    create again my new smart playlist- (control click) to  edit rules.


    Now it populated as expected.

  • greendan Level 1 Level 1

    I've created smart playlists dozens of times in the past, without issue. Today I created a new smart playlist and it was empty -- not a single song.


    I tried everything I could think of, to no avail. After reading this thread, here's what finally worked:


      Store -> Turn Off iTunes Match.


    Presto! Suddenly the smart playlist that was empty now has 124 songs in it.


    iTunes 10.6.1