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Geeky: iPod Composting

Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to make for a while. A new site finally inspired me to write it down. If you’ve got an iPod, it may be of interest. If not, well, you can just read it to see what a nerd I am.

When I first got my iPod, all was well, but I soon filled up all 10 gigs. I didn’t want to manually manage which songs got put on the iPod (whatta pain!) and I didn’t want to get a bigger one (well, I wanted to, sure, but c’mon), so I came up with a Smart Playlist to put only the best and most current music on my iPod. Here’s how.

First create a new smart playlist. I called mine “For iPod” cause I’m not that clever. The idea here is to make a playlist that includes the music you most want on your iPod. Mine says:

My Rating – is greater than – **
Date Added – is in the last – 2 months
Date Modified – is in the last – 2 months
Last Played – is in the last – 2 months

This includes any song I’ve rated 2 stars or more and any song I’ve added or played in the last two months. Depending on my iTunes usage, this winds up being 6 or 7 gigs. Your recipe my vary.

Then connect your iPod. Click the iPod icon at the bottom of iTunes to get the iPod Preferences window. Instead of the default top option, select the second one: “Automatically update selected playlists only.”

Then check the “For iPod” Smart Playlist you just made. Feel free to select any other playlists too, if you always want them on your iPod.

Bottom Line: Now my iTunes library can be considerably larger than the size of my iPod, but the latest and greatest will always be with me! Bonus: Since the total amount of stuff on my iPod is less than the total 10 gigs, I can still use it as a hard drive to shuttle other stuff around.


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