Archive for August, 2004

What Bugs Me About iTunes’ Party Shuffle

Monday, August 16th, 2004

I’ve been trying like mad to get a nice ratio of high-rated songs to low-rated or unrated songs in iTunes. the Party Shuffle feature is nifty, but it plays too many high-rated songs for every unrated or low-rated song.

I tried using Smart Playlists. One was for 5-star songs and was limited to 100, one was for 4-star and was limited to 80, one was for 3-star and was limited to 50, and the other was for below that and was limited to 120, so that for every highly-rated song, there would be one unrated/low-rated song. Then, I created another smart playlist that contained each of these playlists.

I should also mention that I added ‘last played’ criteria to the component playlists, so that I didn’t hear the same high-rated song too often.

So, I have four component Smart Playlists and one master playlist containing them all:

100 5-star songs

80 4-star songs

50 3-star songs

120 unrated/2-star or below songs

The problem with this method is that the lists don’t update; i.e. my big playlist, the one containing all the others, would always have draw from the same 350 songs. The only way to alleviate this problem is to go through and manually refresh the component playlists, defeating the purpose of smart playlists.

So, for now I’m keeping with the smart playlists, and using the ‘master’ smart playlist to play from instead of party shuffle. When it runs out, I’ll refresh the others. Not the best strategy, but at least the playlist deletes songs as soon as they’re played, so I don’t lose my place.

Update Actually, once a song is played, it removes itself from the component playlists, because is has been played in the last few days. So the system works fine with party shuffle. My bad! Still, it would be nice to set some sort of ratio for the Party Shuffle.

Bruce Springsteen Hates America

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Current Listening: REM – “Ignoreland” (Automatic For the People)

These bastards stole the power from the victims of the Us v. Them years / Wrecking all things virtuous and true / The undermining social democratic downhill slide into abysmal / Lost lamb off the precipice into the trickle down runoff pool

So Bruce Springsteen, once renowned for his extreme Patriotism (he recorded the pro-America anthem “Born in the USA”) is embarking on a tour with a string of Kerry Supporters and bleeding-hearts such as John Mellencamp, REM, and the Dixie Chicks. I never thought I’d see the day when the Boss would cross over and embrace such obviously anti-American politics.

I never understood why celebrities think they know anything about politics. The only people who should be involved in politics are the politicians. We don’t want every celebrity idiot (and there are lots of non-celebrities who do this too) giving us his two cents about peace, love, and all that unrealistic hippie bullshit.