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Making Smarter Smart Playlists Using Keywords

Back a couple of years ago, Apple added the ability to embed your own keywords into an MP3 and, because they’re embedded, when you move a song from one computer to another, these embedded keywords go right along with the songs. Now, how would you use this? Let’s say you’re a DJ at a party next week. As you go through your songs, you find ones you might want to use at the party, so you can go under the File menu and choose to Get Info on each song. Then, click on the Info tab at the top of the resulting dialog, and in the Grouping field enter your keyword, “Party,” and click OK. Then, when it’s time to put together a mix for the party, you can have iTunes create a Smart Playlist by choosing New Smart Playlist from the File menu, and in the resulting dialog, choose Grouping from the first pop-up menu; in the second menu choose Contains; and in the text field enter “Party.” When you click OK, all the songs with the keyword (Grouping) of Party (regardless of their genre) will appear in your new “Party” Smart Playlist. It makes the Smart Playlist feature even smarter.

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