FAQ: Playlist to show recently initiated songs. [half-solved]


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Added On: 31st Oct 09
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One reader has asked if it’s possible to create a playlist similar to “Recently Played”, that lists all songs played, even if they did not run through to the very end.

The “Recently Played” playlist that comes with a fresh install of iTunes, will only count a song as “played” when it successfully reaches the end of the track. For this reason, if you were to skip the last few seconds of playback, the song would not appear in the playlist, even though you’ve virtually listened to the whole thing.

The Solution

In order to achieve this, iTunes has an attribute for each track called “Last Skipped”. We can make use of this to create a new Smart Playlist (Ctrl+Alt+N) called something like “Recently Played or Skipped”. In the Smart Playlist creation window the pops up, duplicate the following settings:

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One problem with this method, is that when you begin playing another song, the currently playing song does not appear to show up in our new playlist. However, pressing the “next track” button does cause it to be saved. I assume there’s no work around for this, but as always, If there are any better suggestions from you – our users – please feel free to comment, and help each other out!

FAQ: Check/Uncheck Songs using the Keyboard Only. [unsolved]


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Added On: 8th Sep 09
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As we know from the iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts post, it’s possible to check/uncheck an entire playlist of songs using Ctrl+Click, however, a reader has emailed in asking how he can check/uncheck a song using the keyboard only.

As far as i’m aware, there’s no built-in feature for this, but with the wealth of Plugins out there, there has to be something somewhere to do what he wants! Anyone care to help? He’d be eternally grateful!

FAQ: Bind Volume knob to iTunes star rating. [unsolved]


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Added On: 3rd Aug 09
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As one reader asked in the mmKeys.dll post about fixing multimedia keys to work with iTunes when minimised or in a game, is it possible to use the volume control to instead adjust the 5-star rating of the currently playing song in iTunes?

It may well be possible using a simple re-map or reconfiguration of the keyboard controls (with the keyboards driver settings), but if so, or if there’s any other way, we’d love to hear about it! Let rip in the comments!

FAQ: Hide “Genre” in iTunes 8 under XP or Vista. [solved]


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Added On: 7th Mar 09
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There used to be an option in the Preferences panel to Hide Genre when browsing, which changed the layout of the “browse” (Ctrl+B) panel to just 2 parts – artist and album. In iTunes 8 however, it proves to a little more tricky.
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FAQ: iTunes Visualiser as Screensaver [unsolved]

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Added On: 25th Feb 08
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Is there any way to, rather than running a screensaver after a time of inactivity, instead trigger the iTunes visualizer? [more]

FAQ: Remove DRM from iTunes 7.6 [unsolved]

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Added On: 24th Jan 08
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Is it possible to strip the DRM / Copy-protection from songs purchased from the iTunes store with the latest iTunes (version 7.6 ?) [more]

FAQ: Multi-Monitor Visualiser [unsolved]

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Ask the readers: How do you show iTunes visualizer, fullscreen, on two screens?

When using two or more monitors with a single computer, it is not possible, with Windows, to fullscreen the iTunes visualiser without one the second screen becoming completely black. [more]