Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training
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Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists


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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists

Now let's look at creating some more kinds of Playlists within iTunes, and before we do that we need a little more material so in order to get that we'll go over to the Devices entry and we'll kick out that CD. Now of course we could do this by clicking this button next to Power This. We can eject it by going to the Eject button at the bottom of the iTunes window or I can certainly press the Eject button in the corner of my keyboard. We'll do it this way. Click here next to Power This, and out goes the CD.
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 53s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 53s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 4s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 54s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 39s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 33s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 13s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 11m 59s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 41s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 50s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 50s
  10. 28m 3s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 44s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 38s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 31s
  13. 33m 21s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 31s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 10s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 21s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 44s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 12s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 19s
  16. 15m 8s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 0s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 27s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 28s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 35s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 40s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 46s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 22s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 34s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 58s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 43s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 19s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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With the release of the Leopard operating system for Macs, Apple has added or updated more than 300 features. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen explores each of Leopard's vital features. He walks viewers through the installation, then goes over how to use the interface and navigational elements, work with the Dock's stacking feature, and take advantage of the iLife applications, Safari, and Mail. These tutorials are designed for people who are new to the Mac or who are upgrading to the Leopard operating system.

Topics include:
  • Installing and getting familiar with Leopard
  • Using the Finder and getting file information
  • Searching with Spotlight and creating Smart Folders
  • Organizing files
  • Configuring the Dock
  • Choosing System Preferences
  • Exploring iLife applications
  • Working with Safari
  • Customizing widgets
  • Personalizing Mail settings
  • Playing and ripping an audio CD in iTunes
  • Using Disk Utility to keep the Mac healthy
Subject:
Business
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists

Now let's look at creating some more kinds of Playlists within iTunes, and before we do that we need a little more material so in order to get that we'll go over to the Devices entry and we'll kick out that CD. Now of course we could do this by clicking this button next to Power This. We can eject it by going to the Eject button at the bottom of the iTunes window or I can certainly press the Eject button in the corner of my keyboard. We'll do it this way. Click here next to Power This, and out goes the CD.

Okay we'll insert that CD. I'll close the drawer by pressing the Eject button and any second now that new CD will mount and it will appear under Devices in iTunes Source list. Okay now we face an interesting situation,. The CD that I inserted includes music that I composed and recorded. It's not available at the iTunes store, and it's not available widely on the Internet, so iTunes has gone out to check that database where all the title information is and it came back empty and said, I'm sorry to know what this stuff is. The song names to the CD could not be found online. Do you still want to import these songs? Yes I do, so I'll click Yes.

Now when I do that the tracks come in with generic names: Track 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, on through the album. At some point I'm going to have to change those track names. I'm going to show you how to do that in just a little bit when we talk about MP3 tagging, but right now, we don't need to do it. Currently we're interested in creating Playlists. Alright we'll go back to our Music Library.

Oh and there's the album. Let's turn that off. Now let's go back to the Music Library and the music will continue to import as we're walking through this step. So I showed you earlier that you can create a new Playlist simply by clicking the plus button. And here's a new Playlist here. I can find the music I want. I select it. I drag it into the Playlist and then just as with the Jellybricks album, I have the songs within my Playlist. But there are other kinds of Playlists that you can create and other ways you can create these standard Playlists. Let's take this Playlist and we'll press the Delete key to get rid of it.

Here's another very fast way to create a Playlist. Select some music in the iTunes window. I click the first one, Shift and I click the last one, and I go to the File menu, and I choose New Playlist from Selection. That means anything that is selected in the Main window will become a Playlist. I let go, and sure enough, here is my Playlist. And notice if the songs are by an artist that all belong to the same album, the Playlist is automatically named for me. So the artist, The Jellybricks, appears here and then if we were to resize the window you would see that the title information was available here. So that's a very quick way to select tracks and then create a Playlist from them.

Let's talk about the Smart Playlist. Now all this Smart stuff that goes throughout OS X, owes its existence to iTunes, because that's where the first Smart item appeared and it was a Smart Playlist. Let's see how that works. I choose from the File menu New Smart Playlist. Now we've see an interface like this before. The conditions have changed however, but it's the same idea. It's a dynamic playlist whose contents will change depending on how all tracks meet those conditions.

So you see the kind of things we can choose from Album, Album Artist, Artist, Bit Rate, Beats Per Minute that's how fast the track goes, Size. I mean there are just all kinds of things, Podcast for example. Let's close this and look for a condition that matches the music that we just imported. Okay, so we have Track 01 through 10. Okay, what we'll do is we'll create a Smart Playlist that looks for titles that contain Track.

New Smart Playlist, Name, Contains, Track. Now I can limit how many items will go into the Playlist. So I can say 25 items. I can also limit by size. I would like this to be 1 GB, or I'd like my Playlists to be limited to say 200 MB, or so many hours, or so minutes. The reason why you'd want to do something like this is, suppose you have an iPod that has 4 GB of storage. I might want to create one Playlist, a Smart Playlist that puts music into my iPod, but I need to limit size because I can only afford to store 4 GB of information on there. So in that case I might choose GB and say, Let's limit this to 3 GB for example, I don't need to do that here because it's not necessary.

And then you can also select by random, or you can select by album, or artist, highest rating, that sort of thing. The Live updating option is important and that means that this Smart Playlist will keep track of how the conditions of your music change. So for example if I add other albums that contain Track in the title name, those tracks will automatically become part of my Smart Playlist. Alright, so let's click Okay and see what happens. There it is. Here's my Smart Playlist. It's called Track, that was my one condition there, so that's what it automatically named it and here are my tracks: Track 01 through 10.

If I were to rename one of those tracks and let's just to do that. Enter. It moves up the list because we're filing by name, but let's look at the Smart Playlist. Notice now that's gone. Track number one has been renamed so it no longer belongs to the Smart Playlist. Let's turn it back into Track 01.

And sure enough it's back here and of course it will be back in our Smart Playlist as well. And that covers standard and Smart Playlists. Next we're going to look at changing the tags or the information about your files.

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