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Creating playlist folders

From: iTunes 10 Essential Training

Video: Creating playlist folders

As you continue to create your various playlists and Smart Playlists in iTunes, you will see how quickly your Source pane starts to fill up. Now, yes, the Source pane is scrollable, but after you have a couple dozen or so playlists created over here, it will become tedious to constantly scroll through to find a playlist you are looking for. Enter playlist folders. Playlist folders let you collect and organize your playlists and Smart Playlists into a logical, at least to you, collection of folders. Now I've created a half-dozen or so additional playlists here and even now you can see how crowded my Source pane is looking. So let's create some playlist folders to make things a little more manageable.

Creating playlist folders

As you continue to create your various playlists and Smart Playlists in iTunes, you will see how quickly your Source pane starts to fill up. Now, yes, the Source pane is scrollable, but after you have a couple dozen or so playlists created over here, it will become tedious to constantly scroll through to find a playlist you are looking for. Enter playlist folders. Playlist folders let you collect and organize your playlists and Smart Playlists into a logical, at least to you, collection of folders. Now I've created a half-dozen or so additional playlists here and even now you can see how crowded my Source pane is looking. So let's create some playlist folders to make things a little more manageable.

Just choose File > New Playlist Folder. Now I have an untitled folder under my Playlists heading. So maybe I want to create a folder called Genres and into my Genres folder I'll drag my Big Band playlist, and you can see right away it's been added to the folder. It's slightly intended to the right and a toggle arrow appeared next to Genres folder showing I can collapse and expand that folder to show its contents. Let's also drag in Hip Hop and let's say Jazz Favoritess.

So what I have now is a fully collapsible folder containing playlists I have dragged into it. When collapsed it makes it much easier to see the other items under my Playlists heading. When I do want to access my Genres playlist, I just need to toggle up in the folder and select the playlist I want. You can even nest additional folders inside your playlist folders. Just have your folder selected, and again choose File > New Playlist Folder and there it is. There is a folder inside the folder now. So if I wanted to create an additional level of organization in here, I just need to create a nested playlist folder.

Now you may occasionally create a nested folder by accident when you meant to create a regular playlist folder. If that's the case just select the folder and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Then make sure that any of your main playlists or Smart Playlists is selected before you choose File > New Playlist Folder and that will put the new playlist folder in he main hierarchy. Maybe I will call this one Eventful tunes and this will be for playlists I have created for various events and activities. Maybe I will drag in Chill Out. Scroll down so that I can see these here.

Grab Dinner Music, Fast Driving, and let's do Workout. Now I just happen to be dragging in regular playlists, but you can drag in Smart Playlists into your playlist folders as well. Be aware that playlist folders are only for playlists. You can only drag playlists and Smart Playlist into them, but not any music or video files directly. You can only drag music and video files into the playlists that appear inside the playlists folder. So I now have two playlist folders. I can collapse them both when they are not in use and now my Source pane is looking a lot less cluttered.

Not only that, but it is a lot less cluttered and more organized, because I've arranged my playlists into folders that make sense to me and in which I can quickly and easily find the playlists I want to play.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

60 video lessons · 19169 viewers

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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