I’ve been using iTunes for several years and I think I got my first iPod in March 2004, a 20GB 3rd generation model. I have since got a bigger capacity one. But the topic of this post is how I have been using Smart Play Lists.
I have one play list which I use a lot, which I devised so that I don’t listen to the same song again once I have played it on my iPod or on iTunes. It uses the last played date which is recorded when ever you play a track either on the iPod or on iTunes. So this is what my Smart Play List looks like:
So if a track has not been played for more than 10 months and also if it is rated 5 stars it is included in the list. So each time you listen to a track when you next sync with iTunes then that track will disappear off of the play list for at least 10 months in my case.
You can also restrict the size of the list depending on the capacity of your iPod, this adds a bit more variety to each sync.
I also normally turn on shuffle to further randomise the list otherwise you will quickly play all the artists at the beginning of the alphabet and never get to ZZ Top!!
You don’t have to set it to 10 months, you can vary the time span accordingly depending on how recent you want a repeat to be.
I have found this works for me quite well and I rarely get fed up with what iTunes feeds me.
Could this be a new modern day addiction, one that doesn’t involve any chemicals sold by odd characters on street corners.
If you have ever been a subscriber to any of the photographic forums, when ever the topic of what camera bag do you use for your Camera XYZ comes up, all the lurkers come out of the shadows to offer their suggestions, ‘oh I use this and I have this body, this lens, this flash gun’ it results in a full inventory of their camera gear and what bag they haul all this stuff around in.
I’ve found myself recently falling in to this addiction for LowePro bags and accessories. My list is growing, but it’s not all for camera stuff, the latest edition to my stable is a LowePro Rezo 15, for my Apple Video iPod or is it iPod Video (you have to get the names in the right order!). I used the excuse that I wanted something that would contain my iPod, protect it’s shiny surfaces from the elements and knocks.
Oh alright it was another excuse to get the latest catalogue to peruse and size up what bag or pouch would hold my iPod, after carefully measuring it and then scouring the catalogue for the pefect fit…
I will resist the temptation to list my full collection here…
I’ve just bought some new headphones for my iPod they are Sennheiser PX100’s, not very expensive ones, but having tested to quite a few pairs of headphones in the Apple store at Bluewater recently, these represented a good price/performance compromise. I can blank out other noise and concentrate on what I’m listening to better with these.
The bass reproduction is excellent with these as well. A ‘rich’ tone across the whole frequency range…
I bought them from Amazon, good price and free postage. Don’t get tempted with similar ones on EBay, they tend to be more expensive…
They came in a natty carry case which is going to take some working out to get them back in to again!! They fold up quite compact.