iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations
Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:53 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:14 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:20 AM
iTunes long ago hid the "browse" mode which is worth enabling (under the view menu) as an easier way of sorting your music. Enable composer and genre columns and you'll find it much easier to locate what you're after.
I'm assuming you categorise music using categories such as Classical - Chamber Music - this makes it even easier to get to what you're after.
I've embraced iTunes 11's album view - you can use the view menu to tell iTunes to sort by category rather than album name or artist so all your classical albums will be displayed together. I recommend TuneUp as a way of getting the correct artwork and artist details (by far the best of the various tools out there) and using some of Doug's Applescripts to swap artist and album artist if you prefer to have your albums sorted by composer (as I do rather than conductor.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:03 PM
On a different note: regarding self-tagging. I use the Grouping section for nationalities (great for Australia Day, St. Patricks Day, etc...). It's surprising how many Icelandic artists I have
I then have the comments field for miscellaneous terms that I would like to search for. This is great for movies & TV shows. While the iTunes Store meta-tags displays the cast in a pretty layout, it's not searchable. So a quick copy-paste from IMDB or Wikipedia gives me a searchable actor / director / writer / whatever field.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:45 PM
I haven't seen play counts set to zero; I have seen the opposite, though. Some of my tracks inherited dozens of additional plays right after iTunes 11 was released and I listened to them on my iPhone. As for getting back the play counts you had before, no, that information is stored as an increment, not as a history.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:25 PM