• How To Create Smart Playlists For Every Sample Rate (Video)

    Creating playlists is one thing I avoided for the longest time. I could never think of a reason why I'd want a playlist. My listening habits were so haphazard that I rarely knew what I wanted to hear until I clicked the mouse on an album. That was pre-high resolution audio. Now I have a separate playlist for every sample rate in my collection. I use iTunes Smart Playlists because manual upkeep is not my thing. iTunes smart playlists dynamically stay up to date based on the rules you create. The following video shows how to create smart playlists for all sample rates between 16/44.1 kHz and 24/352.8 kHz. Using sample rates to define smart playlists is one of many very cool ways to sort a music collection. Watch the video, create your own personalized smart playlists, and share with the rest of us what you've done.




     

     

    Creating smart playlists for several sample rates.














     

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    Comments 16 Comments
    1. bbarr's Avatar
      bbarr -
      Chris,<br />
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      I don't understand the reason for playlists based on sample rates. Are you listening to the technology or the music?<br />
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      Regards,<br />
      Bob
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Bob - The music of course. The very reason for my playlists based on sample rate is so I can just listen to the music with out interruption. iTunes doesn't support changing sample rates without closing the app and making changes. Doing this totally takes me out of the experience of listening to music because I have to make changes to a computer. So, since I don't like to close and reopen iTunes I will often listen to music of the same sample rate continuously. A sample rate playlist allows me to only browse the music I can play given the current audio midi settings. So, the playlists enable easy browsing of music compatible with the current settings.<br />
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      The Sonic Studio Amarra solution with auto-sample rate recognition will make these playlists obsolete, but until then I really enjoy them.
    1. znorter's Avatar
      znorter -
      ...I am still waiting for some suggest. about Win players like MM...<br />
      ;-)<br />
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      <br />
      ...but always standing ovation for your wonderfule site and Topic!<br />
    1. bbarr's Avatar
      bbarr -
      Hi Chris,<br />
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      Makes sense now! I don't use iTunes so I did not know this. As you say, it would certainly be detrimental to the listening experience. Thanks for the education.<br />
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      Regards,<br />
      Bob<br />
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      P.S. After reading my original question again, I realized it might have sounded a bit arrogant. If it seemed so to you too, I apologize.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Bob - In fact I did think you sounded a bit arrogant, but after your follow-up post it all good. No worries, it's laid back around here :~)
    1. zettelsm's Avatar
      zettelsm -
      I know how to make smart playlists, and I have lots of experience editing track information, attaching artwork, etc. in iTunes.<br />
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      But it probably never would have occurred to me to use a smart playlist to sort by sample rate.<br />
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      Thanks a million, Chris!<br />
      <br />
      Steve Z<br />
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    1. Shane55's Avatar
      Shane55 -
      Ok Chris, I'm gonna sound like a real dufus but does this mean that if I have a playlist that contains songs with various sample rates and bit rates, I tunes plays them all with the same default setting?<br />
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      I have tracks I've ripped at 16bit-44.1k, LP's I've recorded at 24bit-96k, etc... many are in the same playlist.<br />
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      How does iTunes deal with this, and how do I play them all in the same playlist at their optimal sample rate?<br />
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      Thanks.<br />
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      shane
    1. nghk's Avatar
      nghk -
      Dear Chris,<br />
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      All my music are in uncompressed format, anyway the storage nowaday is not expensive.<br />
      I found the smart playlist very helpful.<br />
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      But can we compress the music and put them them in a folder or playlist for the ipods use.
    1. orijendogfood's Avatar
      orijendogfood -
      iTunes doesn't support changing sample rates without closing the app and making changes. Doing this totally takes me out of the experience of listening to music because I have to make changes to a computer.<br />
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    1. dpgdave's Avatar
      dpgdave -
      Great post guys. I can't wait to get these smart playlists up and running with all my lossless files. The problem I ran into during setup was that I couldn't enter anything higher than 99999 khz - i.e. no more than 5 digits. When I try to enter 176400 in the sample rate entry, I am stopped at 17640. Where did I go wrong?<br />
      Thanks in advance.
    1. dave_kiwi's Avatar
      dave_kiwi -
      If you want compressed music on your iPod, no need to actually do it prior to uploading to iPod. iTunes has the option to change it to 128K AAC on the fly as it "uploads" to your iDevice. This option is on the Summary Srceen under "Options".<br />
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      Another use of "Smart Playlists": I created one called "iPhone rotating" - what it does is that it maintains a 750 song collection of "unheard" songs (i.e. within the last three weeks) that is updated every time I sync my iPhone. (Preferred method of listening to music at work is "random" mix ).<br />
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      I also use "Smart Playlists" to sort my music collection into "stuff that i ripped" - i.e. own the CDs, and "stuff downloaded".<br />
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      Another good example of an inbuilt "Smart Playlist" - "Recently Added": very handy if you have a large library, any music / video you add will be in this playlist, and provided you set it to be be sorted on "date added", the newest items will always be at the top of the playlist. Very handy for tagging etc. <br />
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    1. Priaptor's Avatar
      Priaptor -
      of Sailing to Philadelphia??<br />
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      Was that released on SACD or available for download in that format or did you just rip upsampling. I love that album so any "special edition" I would love to know about. I actually got a pre-release "specially recorded" version of it-sounds fantastic. Actually, I didn't get it, but my audio dealer got it, gave it to me to rip and never asked for it back.<br />
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    1. sdolezalek's Avatar
      sdolezalek -
      I too have all kinds of different bit rates and sample rates mixed together in the same playlists. Where in iTunes does it set the sample rate that it uses to play such mixed files?
    1. Brian A's Avatar
      Brian A -
      I love Smart playlists too. They are great for controlling what goes on my 32GB iPod. I have ones by high star rating and gendre (favorite jazz, favorite Blues etc), by Year (I have a lot of old stuff) (as in recorded prior to 1950), others "Apple Lossless", "Not Apple Lossless" etc.<br />
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      A couple others I find handy is one called "All Checked Songs" and another called "All Unchecked Songs". I only sync "Checked Songs" and its and easy way to see what is checked or not.<br />
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      And, of course, I have combos like "all unchecked not apple lossless"
    1. sdolezalek's Avatar
      sdolezalek -
      Chris: In your post you imply that iTunes cannot switch from one sample rate to another as it plays music. That implies that all music must be coming out at some lowest common denominator rate in any library or playlist with mixed sample rate files. Is that true? Is that a function of iTunes, the usb connection or the DAC? Since I frequently play from a playlist that includes 44.1, 48.0, 96 and 176.4 kHz files at bit rates from 128 to 8467 kps, what am I actually hearing?
    1. kateross's Avatar
      kateross -
      The article and video 'How To Create Smart Playlists For Every Sample Rate (Video)' are professional and useful!<br />
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