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Fun with Smart Playlists in iTunes

I use iTunes for managing my music, mostly because I have to or my iPod and iPhone don't place nice.  One of my favorite features is the smart playlists.  So when I want a play list of cover songs, I don't manually create a playlist, I use this feature to create the playlist for me.

Say I want a playlist of cover songs.  What I will do is add a comment of "&cover" directly in the track info.

cover-song-info

Figure 1: cover-song-info

The reason I chose to use an & in front of the tag is so two fold.  One, so if you have a comment talking about the album cover, it wouldn't get added to the list.  If you don't like the &, leave it our or use your own.

Once I have done that to all of my songs, I create a new playlist with the following settings:

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Figure 2: smart-playlist-cover

And now I have my playlist.  The benefit to this is that if I move this song to another computer, say my work desktop, I can easily re-create the playlist.

One last thing.  If you find yourself using this, or wanting to use this, a lot, check out Quick Tag.

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