March 21, 2007

New TAB Post: How Smart Are Your Playlists?

It's no secret I am a hardcore iTunes user. MusicMobs reports I've listened to nearly 30,000 tracks in the last three or so years, while similarly reports more than 15,000 listens since early 2005. Doing the quick math, and knowing both services likely undercount, and don't include listens from the iPod or on other machines, we're looking at 20 to 30 songs a day, every day.

Meanwhile, we've amassed 4,000 tracks in iTunes, meaning the management of those tracks and my time to listen to them is fairly tricky. That's why I've turned to Apple's Smart Playlists feature in iTunes to help me rediscover tunes I've not heard in a while, or to remind me when I've not listened to one frequently enough.

That's the idea behind my most recent contribution to The Apple Blog, titled How Smart Are Your Playlists?. Per agreement with them, I will not be cross-posting the piece, but instead, have provided a link. Enjoy.


  1. Louis,

    Have you actually purchased 4,000 tracks from iTunes? They really ought to give you a free Apple TV if you've bought that much music from them.

  2. Carl, I haven't purchased that many tracks from iTunes. I would guess that number is more than 1,000, since April 28, 2003, when I got my first albums there. Even that number is high, as I've found many big albums that let you buy 50 tracks for $9.99, for example. I also have a lot of CDs that were ripped on here, or DJ Mixes that have been made available online free.