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Fix iTunes With RealNetworks Rinse!

Rinse by RealNetworks is the BEST iTunes music and song Organizer!

Rinse was developed to be the easiest program of it’s kind to use to fix, organize and clean up messy iTunes libraries. It’s quick to set up and once it’s downloaded and ready to run it will fix a whole bunch of problems in your iTunes library. Rinse will add missing album cover artwork to your songs automatically, it can rename and fix music genres, Rinse fixes misspellings or misspelled songs and automatically removes duplicate songs out of your iTunes library. Rinse can do these FIXES automatically because it logs into an intelligent online music database of millions of songs and gathers the correct music song information and bring it back down to attach  the correct information to your songs files in the metadata with the new information. If you’ve ever tried fixing songs information by hand you’ll know how tedious and time consuming it is. It takes forever and you’ll start to fix the songs but never finish them and ending up with a worst problem in your iTunes music library to be fixed. Fix the problems in your iTunes automatically and never by hand. You can set up Rinse and let it run and come back to a fixed iTunes music library.

Rinse by RealNetworks FIXES song details!

Rinse by RealNetworks will look up your music by automatically tapping into a smart online music and song database with millions of song details and information and get the correct details to your songs without the info and download it and add it to your music. You have the option to fix your music one by one so that you will see and edit the details before saving the new information to your music. Or you can choose to have Rinse fix your music and songs automatically while you are away for the day. Come back and your iTunes is fixed! There’s nothing like an iTunes music library without the song information or artist information or genres or album information. Rinse fixes these problems automatically for you so when you search for songs in iTunes you’ll find them rather than not being able to because the information is missing. Once you have all the correct information added to your songs you can then organize your music as well and create playlists or smart playlists. Those are fun!

Rinse by RealNetworks has loads of OPTIONS!

Rinse is very easy to use. It’s the most powerful iTunes Fixing program on the planet to fix and edit your mp3 information and their metadata tags. Rinse has lots of options which allows the end user to choose which songs or tracks should get fixed, what music or track details and information should get updated and which songs should be left alone, how it will decide which songs are duplicate songs and whole lot more! Only trust Rinse by RealNetworks because you are in control with Rinse! Rinse is trusted by industry professionals and they use it to correct their iTunes music. With other program you have to do the work to fix the iTunes problems!

Rinse by RealNetworks REMOVES duplicate songs from iTunes.

If you are at all a music fan who uses iTunes then you probably have loads of duplicate songs in your iTunes music library. Once you remove those duplicate songs from your iTunes library it will not only free up tons of space and it also makes it easier to organize your music to enjoy it a lot more. Rinse by RealNetworks connects to a very smart matching technology online to find music that are duplicates and can even do this if they have been misspelled or with the wrong info. Rinse will even let you choose how it finds those duplicate songs (for instance ignoring albums). You can also choose what you want to do with the duplicates. You can flag them for review at a later time or have them deleted right away so you can open up precious hard drive space for more music! Best thing about Rinse by RealNetworks is when finding duplicates to remove it removes the lowest quality files rather than your best quality versions of your duplicate songs. For example if you have two Stairway To Heaven mp3s in your iTunes music library and one is MP3-192 and the other is MP3-320 then Rinse will remove the MP3-192 rather than the MP3-320 because the MP3-192 is a lower quality file and the MP3-320 is the higher quality version of the two. Now this is smart!

Rinse by RealNetworks is the BEST iTunes genre Organizer!

Rinse by RealNetworks is so easy to organize and consolidate all your music genres and subgenres down to easier ones you want to keep and deleting ones you don’t want by combining similar genres and subgenres into one genre. Sometimes you end up with as many genres as you have music and this makes it useless to browse all your music. Rinse will fix this and make it very easy to browse songs.


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Apple Plans To Make Major Changes To iTunes By Year End

I think it’s time that Apple did do a major update to it’s revolutionary music player application on the Apple computer first then on the Windows machine. I have been using iTunes for over 10 years now and even though I love it it’s very clunky and too slow. Someone like me with over 150K mp3s the thing chugs around and spins for long bits of time. And someone like probably with a large collection of songs experiences the same problems. I think an overhaul sounds excting to me. Read more below … maybe the overhaul or fix for iTunes sounds exciting to you to too!

While Google is beefing up its ecosystem, Apple is also planning some big changes to its iTunes platform according to Bloomberg. Sources inside the company claim, by the end of the year iTunes will undergo a major transformation seemingly designed to counter recent moves by Google. Key to the plans is iCloud….More at Apple reportedly planning major iTunes overhaul, better iCloud

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Is iTunes Shuffle Really Random?

I’ve noticed that playing iTunes in shuffle mode does not really do a great job of shuffling the songs. I love iTunes but it certainly has some limitations to it such as some simple fixes it can do with your music files and or things like shuffling and automatically removing duplicate songs and even more. I have been reading alot about why the Shuffle mode in iTunes doesn’t reallly feel like a true shuffle and I go along with them as this feature in iTunes certainly needs to be fixed. But there are certainly some fixes to acheive a true shuffle in iTunes and it can be fixed. Read below. 

If you’re still using iTunes, you’ve probably noticed that the Shuffle feature doesn’t always seem the most random. In fact, at times Shuffle may have seemed completely set in stone (which, of course, would make no sense)….More at Why iTunes Shuffle Isn’t Random (and How to Fix It)

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Planning On Buying The iPhone 5? Fix iTunes Prior To Syncing Your Music!

Everyone is anticipating the next incarnation of Apple’s iPhone, the iPhone 5! We know it’s going to be the next greatest smart phone. If this is the first time you are planning on getting an iPhone or you are simply going to upgrade an older iPhone then before you sync your brand new iPhone 5 to your computer with iTunes, it’s best that you fix your iTunes music so that you can take full advantage of your iTunes music on your new iPhone 5!

Why fix your iTunes music?

If you really want to take advantage of all your great music on your brand new cutting edge iPhone 5 then it’s best that you fix some of the most common problems that are in your iTunes music library now. The most common problems that are in your iTunes library include songs missing album cover artwork, duplicate songs or music, songs missing important information such as artist or band name, album name, genre and even year info and finally songs that are misspelled. Because of these problems you will not be able to fully take advantage of what your iPhone 5 has to offer. After all it’s a smartphone and an iPod rolled into one. You can listen to all your favorite music on the go after you sync your iTunes music to your iPhone 5. But if you can’t find the music you want to sync to your brand new iPhone 5 then you will not be able to take full advantage of all the great music you have on the go with your iPhone 5.

We recommend you download and install this most amazing and powerful iTunes fixer program to fix and clean all the messy songs in your iTunes music library so that once you finally get your iPhone 5 you can enjoy your music on the go.

Duplicate songs no more. We all know songs get imported twice or three time or even four, five or six times into iTunes but do we really need to have that many mp3s of the same song in iTunes? Nope! One mp3 of each song is all you need and if you have duplicates and triplicates then it not only fills up hard drive space but if you end up syncing all of the band with the duplicate mp3s then all of those mp3s end up in your iPhone 5 and fill up with music too fast. Run this powerful tool to delete or set aside those duplicate songs now!

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All the beautiful album covers added to your songs in your iTunes and on your iPhone 5. When you run this powerful software program it goes online and downloads all the correct album covers to your songs in your iTunes music library so when you sync your music to your brand new iPhone 5 then you’ll get all your music with beautiful album covers and not grey music notes because why would you want to look at those grey music notes on your brand new high tech iPhone 5? Make sure you have the album cover so scroll through in Cover Flow. Your iPhone 5 will look sexier trust me!

Before iTunes Fixed:

After iTunes Fixed:

All songs have information added such as band name, album name, genre and year. Because when you run this amazing program, it logs into a smart online database and finds the correct song information to your music and adds the info to your songs automatically. Without you doing it yourself. Now when you search songs you can find them and create playlists in iTunes then sync those playlists with correct song info to your brand new iPhone 5. Because if you can’t find the correct songs then how could you sync it to your iPhone 5?

Before iTunes Fixed:

After iTunes Fixed:

No more misspelled songs! Those are the most annoying because somehow when you imported your music it added the information wrong or you misspelled the info when you were adding it and so if you have The Beatles music in your iTunes music library and somehow they were imported as The Beats then you’ll never find them. So if you can’t find them you can’t sync your music to you iPhone 5 and if you can’t do that you wont be able to enjoy your iPhone 5 with your cool music. But if you run this tool it fixes those misspellings for you so you can sync them to your iPhone 5 and enjoy your music day after day.

So you see if you have a messy iTunes music library then you wont be able to sync your music properly or at all to your new iPhone 5. Just run the iTunes fixer program (click the Rinse logo below) in your iTunes music library then sync your new iPhone to your iTunes and voila you are ready to go. Try it for free now … click the link below.

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Getting A New iPad 3? Fix Your iTunes Music Before Syncing To Your New iPad 3

If you’re planning on getting the new iPad 3 which is going to be announced soon then you need to know about a couple of things before making the purchase of the iPad 3. You will be able to sync your awesome music collection to your new iPad 3 and unfortunately if your iTunes Music Library is messy, the messy music will be transferred over to your new iPad 3 and this will make it very difficult to enjoy your music on the go with your iPad 3. So it’s highly recommended to fix your iTunes music library prior to syncing to your new iPad 3 so that you will enjoy your music even more on your iPad 3.

A messy iTunes Library means songs that are duplicates, songs missing album cover artwork, music that doesn’t have important song details like artists names, album names, genres, years and more, or songs that are misspelled. These problems exist in iTunes music libraries because most of the time people just import the music into their libraries without thinking of a master procedure of how to import the music and later things get out of hand in your iTunes music library especially if there are too many songs imported. So when this is the case the messyness gets transferred over to your iPad 3 or other iDevice when you sync.

Duplicate Songs

Duplicate songs are if you have more than one mp3 of the same song in your library. Duplicate songs are caused if you have imported an album more than once usually but most of the time duplicates appear because you have the same song in your library from different albums. Those could be greatest hits albums, compilations, singles and the actual album the song comes from. And sometimes you might have received special compilations made from your friends and relatives and if they were imported into iTunes then you could end up having some songs in iTunes more than 5 times. If that’s the case all those extra mp3s are taking up crucial hard drive space that you can use for other songs. Also if you’re syncing all songs from artists to your new iPad 3 that means all those duplicates will sync along and take up the hard drive space on your new iPad 3. See photos below (click to enlarge).

When my Depeche Mode duplicate songs were removed my iTunes library dropped almost a gigabyte of music. It removed almost 100 duplicates from my entire Depeche Mode music collection. This is nice! If you sync your entire Depeche Mode collection to your new iPad 3 then you also will be syncing all those duplicates that you really do not need to have in your iTunes library. Remove the iTunes duplicates now (click the Rinse logo below) with a powerful software before syncing to the iPad 3!

Album Cover Artwork

If you’ve downloaded music from the iTunes Music Store then most likely you’ll have the album cover artwork attached to your music but if you’ve imported your music from CDs then most likely you do not have album covers to your music. And if you have a ton of awesome music imported into iTunes then you should have the awesome album covers artwork along with your awesome music. Later when you sync this awesome music to your new iPad 3 you’ll sync the music without the awesome album cover artwork. What good is an iPad 3 without beautiful album cover artwork? Not good at all. See photos below.

iPad 3 music without album cover artwork (before iTunes being fixed):

iPad 3 music with album cover artwork (after iTunes being fixed):

To enjoy your iPad even more it’s best to get your iTunes music fixed, download software (click the Rinse logo below) so that you end up having album cover artwork and when you sync to your new iPad 3 you will end up with the album covers in your iPad 3. Fix your iTunes music automatically with this powerful software program.

Missing Song Information

When you started loading up your entire music collection (CDs) into iTunes you didn’t realize that you had to be connected to the internet. Because when you were not connected to internet, iTunes didn’t look up the correct CD information and when you imported the music into iTunes you imported music without correct song information. In fact without any song information. Because of this you have songs in iTunes missing crucial information such as missing artists names, missing album names, missing genres, missing years and so on. If you don’t have this important song metadata information in your iTunes then it makes it very difficult to find them and organize them and later sync them to your new iPad 3. There’s a powerful iTunes fixer and organizer tool that can correct this problem for you automatically. So prior to syncing your music to your new iPad 3 run the most powerful iTunes fixer and organizer program (click the Rinse logo below) so that it finds and loads up the correct music information in your iTunes so that when you sync your new iPad 3 you will be able to find your songs in your iPad 3 easily.

Misspellings

Most iTunes libraries are full of misspelled and wrongly named song information and data. This is not good because it makes things very difficult to organize and later sync to your iDevices such as the new iPad 3. Fixing this misspellings by hand takes too long and is a very tedious task. If the iTunes library is too big with hundreds and thousands of songs it makes it take very very long. Luckily there is tool to fix this misspellings problem in iTunes. Just run the software program finds misspellings and wrongly spelled song name, artist name, album name and genre information and fixes it automatically so that you can organize your music much easier and sync the correct music to your iDevices such as the iPad 3 or iPhone or iPod.

Fix and Organize Your iTunes Music Library Before Syncing To The iPad 3

So that’s it! It’s always a great idea to fix your iTunes and organize it before syncing to a new device. Cleaning and organizing the iTunes library will make it much easier to sync all your favorite songs and later enjoy it on the go with your new iPad 3. Try it now click the Rinse logo below. You’ll at least get to fix some songs for free!

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Fix iTunes: How To Search, Browse And Sort Music In iTunes

You have ripped or imported all of your CDs into your iTunes music library. You also buy music from the iTunes music store in addition to buying books, movies, podcasts and more and you are addicted to how convenient it is to buy media at your fingertips. So keep adding and adding more media into your iTunes library and keep forgetting where to search and find the music you imported last week or movies you downloaded 2 months ago. So it’s serious time to learn how to organize your media in your iTunes library to make it easier to find them.

Your iTunes music library can hold an infinite amount of songs, movies, books and more but it really depends on how much space you have on your computers hard drive if that’s where you have the files stored or it depends on how much space is on your external hard drive if that’s where you have your media or songs imported to. I prefer the external hard drive, as that’s where I have my iTunes save mostly music (168, 463 mp3s) on a 2 TB (terabytes) size hard drive, which is ¾ full! But if you have a quarter of the amount of files as I do it’s still difficult to organize it since you are dealing with hundreds and thousands of songs. If your iTunes library is increasing at a rapid rate then it’s time to think about organizing it so that it makes it easy to find your music or other media quicker. If iTunes is not organized then even finding a very recognizable song like Vogue by Madonna will be difficult.

How To Browse Your iTunes Library Media

When you have iTunes launched, on the left hand panel (see photo below) you will see options such as Music, Movies, TV Shows, Radio (see photo below)

as well as options for Podcasts, Books, Apps and Ringtones which you can select to either display or not display by going to Edit > Preferences on a Windows computer or iTunes > Preferences on a Mac. Make sure the General Tab is highlighted (see photo below) and pick and choose, select and or deselect the different options you want on or off then save to accept those changes.

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When you’ve selected MUSIC basically you’ll be seeing the music that you have imported into iTunes or purchased music from the iTunes Store. When you’ve selected MOVIES on the left panel of selections (see photo above) you’ll be seeing the movies you’ve purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store. Now if you don’t have any movies then you wont see anything in there. And the same goes with TV SHOWS, PODCASTS, BOOKS, APPS, RINGTONES and so on. Each selection will display that particular media that you have available in your iTunes.  So we’ll be focusing on these section and mostly MUSIC because iTunes is mostly for music but you have the options of adding additional media that you can enjoy on the computer or take with you on any iDevice such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod!

When you have selected MUSIC you can browse all your music using four different browse modes. (see picture below)

Cover Flow Mode (my favorite – far right button) allows you to browse through your music with the album covers nice and large. It helps to have your album covers added to all your music. If you’re looking for an automatic album cover adder check this out software program that adds all the album covers to all your music automatically. Because what’s the point of the Cover Flow Mode if you don’t have any album covers to look at? But having the album covers is not just for the Cover Flow Mode it works for viewing your songs in every mode. It just helps to have those beautiful album covers present in your music in iTunes. (see picture below)

Grid Mode (next to the Cover Flow Mode button) allows you to browse through your music as just album covers just as quick thumbnails you can click on and listen to. Each song will have it’s own album cover thumbnail that you can click on. You can change the view here and view the music as Artists as it’s defaulted to Albums and also have options to view Genres and Composers.

Album List Mode shows your music sorted by album along with the album cover art as a small thumbnail. This unfortunately is my least favorite mode In iTunes.

List Mode is your default view mode in iTunes and basically it lists all songs in a row and you can view/sort your music as albums, by dates, by artists, by genre’s, by bit rate, by date added or date modified, track number, in alphabetical order and so on. It’s my favorite browsing mode and I use it most because Cover Flow Mode even though I love slows down the computer with my quantity of songs.

So this is it you can start enjoying your music however you want using iTunes, the most advance music player application around.

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iTunes Duplicate Remover – Automatically Free Up Gigabytes Of Hard Drive Space!

If you’ve stumbled and have gotten frustrated while playing songs in your iTunes because you keep running into the same songs over and over again then there’s certainly a very nice solution to take care of that problem instantly and automatically. It’s a certified, industry recognized software program that’s hands down the best iTunes Duplicate Remover around ever!

You may have run into a built in solution in iTunes that finds and recognizes all the duplicate songs in iTunes but to be honest it’s not something I would recommend as it’s not only time consuming to go through the list and because it does not remove the duplicate songs in iTunes automatically. On top of that it’s not so efficient in doing the task of finding the duplicate songs in the iTunes music library.

It’s such a tedious task of going through and manually removing and deleting those unwanted duplicate songs from the music lover’s iTunes song library.  And with our very busy lives these days who’s got the time to sit through and recognize which duplicate song to remove and which duplicate song to keep. If your iTunes library is quite huge then it’s even more of a problem of sitting through and sifting the songs that are duplicates and keeping the good ones and deleting the iTunes duplicates that need to be deleted!

If your computers hard drive is also on the brink of filling up because of duplicate songs then the iTunes Duplicate Remover is the solution.

Duplicate iTunes Songs Problem gets worse w/iDevices like iPhone, iPod and iPad!

Because we are auto adding songs to our iDevices such as our iPhones our iPods and our iPads when duplicate songs are in the iTunes library then they will most certainly end up in our iDevices as well and fill up the iDevices much quicker. When they are out of the main iTunes library on the computer they wont end up on our iPhones, iPods and iPads! And because we can add many more songs and have more music to enjoy on the go.

How Does iTunes Duplicate Remover Work?

iTunes Duplicate Remover scans the entire iTunes music library and marks all the duplicates it finds. Depending on how many actual songs are in iTunes this may take a bit of time. It’s quicker for smaller iTunes libraries and slower for much larger libraries. If you have a really huge iTunes then set up and go do something rather than wait for it to finish. So once it’s ready it will, Compare Songs, by comparing the

-Name, Artist and Album

or

-Just Name and Artist (Your Choice)

Later … once it’s done that step:

When duplicate songs are found it will either keep the song with:

-The Higher Bitrate

or

The Longer Length (Your Choice)

Later again …

With each duplicate songs it finds:

-Remove it from iTunes Song Library

-Add “Duplicate” to it’s name so it’s easily found (Your Choice)

It’s as simple as that for the iTunes Duplicate Remover to work. You’ll be quickly on your way to a better iTunes!

Makes It Easier To Organize the iTunes Library With The iTunes Organizer That’s Built Into The iTunes Duplicate Remover.

Once the iTunes duplicates are removed you have more choices of organizing and fixing the library. It’s simple to use the program again and it’s all automated. Best of all the hundreds and hundreds of useless genres that your music is tagged with can be condensed down to only the main genres that are in existence and the ones you really want and make sense to you. For example Beats can become Hip-Hop, Shoegaze can become Alternative or Rock and so on. Once this is done it’s very easy to organize your genres and find the songs because now your albums or songs marked beats which should have all along been tagged Hip-Hop are in Hip-Hop and when you can create smart folders those songs will be in the Hip-Hop smart folder and not be left out. Or when you change Shoegaze to Alternative and you create an Alternative Smart Playlist those songs marked Shoegaze will end up in your Alternative playlist. So just consolidate those unwanted genres and get your iTunes organized to enjoy it even more.

Other Benefits Of iTunes Organizer Are:

Adds Missing Album Artwork

Removes Duplicate Songs

Fixes Incorrect Song Information and Misspellings

Adds Correct Info To Songs Missing Names and Info (album names, artist names, genres and years)

Best Of All It’s Automatic (so you save time and energy)

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Fix iTunes: How To Configure iTunes For The Best Audio Quality

A word of advice I like to offer to folks just starting out with iTunes is before you rip and import your entire CD collection make sure you check which Audio File format is going to suit you best. You may not certainly want to import your music at the default audio compression setting that comes with iTunes because the quality is quite low and the music files are compressed a lot. iTunes is defaulted to AAC files at one of the lowest compression setting at 128 Kbps. Some folks may not really tell the difference between songs imported into iTunes as AAC 128 versus WAVs which are not compressed at all but most folks will be able to tell the difference because the difference is going to be like night and day. Listening to music files that are WAVs versus music files that are AAC 128 you will notice that the WAVs will sound a lot beefier versus the AAC 128′s will sound flatter and not having a lot of oomph!. What I end up doing is importing all or most of my music at MP3-320. Something in between. Keep in mind also that music imported at AAC 128s will be a lot smaller in size compared to WAV files and MP3-320s. So it all depends on how big of a hard drive you have dedicated to your iTunes.

What Audio File Format Is Best For You?

With iTunes you can rip/import your music in five different file formats. Those five file formats are MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV and AIF. WAVs and AIFs are audio file formats that are not compressed. In other words if you want to import audio into your iTunes and want the music to sound just like the CDs then you would use AIF or WAV. Expect to fill up your hard drives pretty quickly though. For the sound quality you will lose your hard drive space. The other three file formats – MP3s, AACs and Apple Lossless are compressed file formats. As mentioned above I use MP3-320 and I’m pretty happy with the sound quality versus file size. Even though it’s twice the size of an MP3 at 128 KBPS I enjoy and hear more on 320 KBPS than I would on the 128. So it takes some importing and changing file formats around to decide what you like the best and what sounds the best for you in iTunes. After you’ve made the decision just stick to one file format to make things easy and consistent to import and build up your iTunes music library.

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Unfortunately iTunes does not handle WMA files or FLAC files at this time. Who knows they might add it at a later time but currently the five mentioned file formats are what you can rip and import your music at currently into iTunes.

I’ve found that MP3s are cross platform and stick to using them to rip and import my CDs or music. If I’m sending files back and forth and use a file format like WMA or FLAC I might run into difficulties with folks who don’t know what they are or even have a software program to play them or import them into their computer or iTunes. So I tend to stick to MP3s import at 320 KBPS as they work best for me.

To change your audio import setting simply go to iTunes > Preferences and select Import Settings. See pictures below.

Once you select Import Settings from here you can select the different Audio ripping/importing options available. See pictures below. From here you can select which file format you want to import your music, what bit rate KBPS you want to import your MP3s and so on.

What Audio File Format Works Best For The iPod, iPhone and iPad

The other thing worth considering when selecting which audio file format works best for your iTunes library is your iPhone, iPod and iPad. Your iDevices have limited amount of space so when you are ripping/importing your entire CD collection into iTunes think about how much music you want to take with you on your iPod or iPhone or iPad. Because those devices have limited amount of space and if you are ripping your iTunes library at a very high bit rate for example the MP3-320′s I mentioned above then you are going to fill up your devices a lot quicker because those MP3s are larger than the normal MP3s (MP3-192) that folks use or the default AAC 128 that comes with your iTunes. If you have an iPhone 16GB you might want to consider importing your music at a lower bit rate if you want to be able to take a nice chunk of music along with you. But if you have an iPod 160 like me I do import all my music at MP3-320 so I can still take a nice collection of music with me and they are all sounding excellent as well as they are imported at MP3-320.

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How To Create And Use Playlists In iTunes

Let’s go over how to create and use playlists in iTunes. What are playlists you ask?

Playlists allow you to put together your favorite songs because it’s totally left up to you and your creativity to come up with your mixes and create the playlists in the order you want. It can be as many songs or as little amount of songs. You can put together a CD’s length and burn the playlist to a CD to put in the car or to give to your friends as Mix CDs. And when you have your iPhone, iPad or iPod connected you are able to sync all the playlists you’ve created in your iTunes and take along the music with you.

What Are Playlists?

Playlists are a collection of songs you select and add to to come up with your own favorite music mixes and you can make them really long like days and days of songs or very short 20 minute or 30 minute mixes. There are also selections within iTunes to create your own mixes automatically. So basically there are 2 types of playlists. Playlists do not actually contain any music in them as the music are basically pointers from your main iTunes library.  So for example if you keep adding the songs into Playlists in iTunes that does not mean you are increasing the quantity of songs in your library and increasing the size (bytes) in your library and your computers hard drive. There will always be just one song with the physical mp3 in your iTunes > Computer Hard Drive and the rest are pointers. You can create hundred and hundreds of playlists with thousands of songs in each of them and your iTunes library size will stay the same. This is true if the music has been imported once. Unfortunately though if the music has been imported more than once and you have duplicate songs in iTunes then that’s a different story.

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Standard Playlists

The playlists that you create on your own are basically just the standard playlists in iTunes as they are not the Smart Playlists which we will discuss below. You simply go to File > select New Playlist or command N in a Macintosh. See image below. Playlists can include as many songs as you want or as little amount of songs. They can contain the same song as many times as you want and pick and choose songs from different albums to make unique mixes. You can create a Jazz playlists or Indie playlist or create a Halloween themed songs playlist. The options are totally endless for creating your standard playlists. You can organize the songs in any order in the playlist or obviously in shuffle mode you can play them out of order.

Smart Playlists

Smart Playlists are called Smart Playlists because they are smart in which you don’t do the work of putting in the songs or tracks/music or video into the playlists it does it for you. Basically you are telling iTunes some basic information and it creates the playlists for you hence the name Smart because it does it for you. See images below. You can set the qualities such as year or genres or artists name and iTunes can get to work and quickly put together all music from the year you set and you’ll have all music from 2011. Or if you selected the characteristic electronic genre then you’ll have a nice hefty smart playlist of all the electronic songs or music you have in your iTunes. But you can control how much music goes into the Smart Playlist by checking the Limit To button and inputting the quantity. You  can limit to a number of items, GB (gigabytes), MB (megabytes), hours or minutes. You can also select Live updating so that when you add new music to your main iTunes library they will automatically go into the Smart Playlist you have created that matches the attributes of it. When you change any of the music in your Smart Playlists in iTunes they will automatically be updated in your Smart Playlist as well.

So this is it, very simple to create basic Playlists and Smart Playlists. Once you get the hang of creating standard Playlists and Smart Playlists you will start playing around and make countless amounts of playlists with specific genres, artists, years, themes and more and sync to your iPhone, iPad or iPod or burn to CDs and give away as gifts. Playlists are fun to make and listen to in iTunes so start putting together some and enjoy your music even more!

All the playlists you create are stored on the left hand pane in alphabetical order for easy finding. Get into the habit of naming your playlists so you can easily find them at a later time as the more playlists you have that are unnamed the more difficult it will be to find them. See image below.

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