How to Make Smart Playlist in iTunes

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a smart playlist in iTunes. With a smart playlist, you have the option to only include certain songs with high ratings, types of music, or other specific criteria. For example, you could create a playlist that’s no more than 3 GB, and choose all of your highest rated rock n’ roll songs.


Step #1 – Open iTunes

Step #2 – Choose file – New – Smart Playlist

You will then see a pop up window appear, which will allow us to set the criteria we want.

Step #3 – Select “Match the following rule”

This will ensure that iTunes will add songs that match a specific criteria set. You can set criteria such as certain styles of music, songs with the highest ratings or even by the duration of the song.

Step #4 – Select “Limit to”

Selecting this will make the playlist a certain duration or size.

Step #5 – Select “Live Updating”

Selecting this will continually update your Smart Playlist as songs are added to or removed from your library.

Step #6 – Click “OK”

Once you click OK, you will then be prompted to make a name for the playlist. Any songs in your library that match the criteria you set are added to this playlist we just created. You will know it’s a Smart Playlist because of the gear symbol associated with it.

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