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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.
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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