I just read Louis Gray’s post How Smart Are Your Playlists? over on the The Apple Blog, where he describes the Smart Playlists he uses in iTunes. I have a large music library in iTunes and have recently been playing around with Smart Playlists myself, and find they can really enhance one’s listening experience. I especially liked Louis’s idea of creating a “neglected” Smart Playlist to help him hear music that he would otherwise be missing.
In “The Neglected”, I feature songs where “Last played is not in the last 6 months”, with Live updating checked. Sometimes, this playlist can fill to the point where I have 12 hours or more to go through before it is empty. But if I make “The Neglected” my starting point, I’m sure not to be repeating songs I heard recently.
I’m going to go create a playlist of my own neglected tunes, which sounds like a much more effective way of getting to listen to all of the music I add to iTunes than my previous method (which was to try and regularly visit my “Added in the last 3 months” Smart Playlist.) I should probably also consider implementing something like Louis’s “Bad ROI” playlist, which tracks tunes with a low number of play counts for possible weeding out.
What are your favorite Smart Playlists?