In each Smart Playlist you can combine more than 20 search rules to filter and sort your i Tunes music library. Available search criteria:● Text search: Genre, Grouping, Composer, Artist, Album-Artist, Album, Title, Comments, Lyrics and/or i Tunes-Playlist Search for exact matches („is equal to“), for any partial matches („contains“) or use wildcards („is like“ ? Use logical operators to unite (" OR “), intersect (" AND “) or exclude (“ NOT “) certain songs Example: The rule "Genre contains blu OR zz" will give you all your blues and jazz songs in 1 playlist.● Numerical search: Rating, Play Count, Skip Count, Duration, Track Number, BPM and/or Year.● Date search: Added, Last Played, Last Skipped, Released (how many days, weeks, months or years ago)You can search for values less than, equal to / from-to (=) or more than the limit you set● Property search: is in compilation, is in i Cloud, is music video (all/yes/no)The titles loaded in Smart Playlist also become the playback queue of the Music app and the now playing title is also shown in the lock screen and the control center, where you can play/pause, fast-forward, skip, etc. what search rules you want to use and what info you want to see in the list of titles. I especially like "load all titles..." option, which generates on-the-fly playlist within the playing playlist. Btw-the Apple music app for i Pad is the dumbest one i have seen from the company. The last one with ability to pause/ resume by clicking the artwork was great. Lack of this feature forces me use i Pod app, an app I dislike for lacking most meaningful features. Ability to view other tracks in the album that the currently playing track belongs to, like the i Pod app.
Smart Playlist is the most advanced playlist generator for i Pod/i Phone/i Pad with many unique features. as the selected song Oct 17, 2017: year go by; but this app continues to be my home screen app.
There are 26 smart playlists (Smart Playlist A-Z) which you can use and name as you wish. Jun 17, 2012: the new features in this release are again very useful. Every time I think Smart Playlist has reached feature saturation voila comes another delightful one. I am told that Apple doesn't allow that and don't know why when it doesn't even allow to select tracks by eating.
However, under i OS 5 there is a way to get this information to update, even though you don't see it when you first connect to the computer.
To make this work, you have your i Pod set on Manually manage music and videos under the Summary tab of the i Pod settings in i Tunes.
Mar 2012, rev 2: the new update rolls back the earlier not so great update with more useful display option.
Mar 2012: the new graphic representation to show play count is a step backward.
The way I have been getting my playlist data from my i Pod to my computer without ever changing the Manually manage setting is by using the Copy Tag Info Tracks To Tracks script from Doug's Apple Scripts for i Tunes .
This isn't hard to download or install or use and copies playlist information very quickly.
From other threads (https://discussions.apple.com/message/16563011#16563011 and https://discussions.apple.com/message/16505730#16505730 for example) it is clear that there are some problems with play count, last played, and rating information updating and syncing under i OS 5. I am posting it here instead of under one of the existing threads because 1) some discussions seem to be confusing the difference between updating the i OS 5 device data and syncing the updated data to the computer, and 2) some of the discussions are focused i Phone, and though the problem appears similar I only have an i Pod touch to test the solution on. Prior to i OS 5, I would plug my i Pod Touch into the computer and not see any play count or last played data for songs I knew I had just listened to.
I discovered that if I clicked (in my computer's i Tunes display of the i Pod) on one song that I had recently listened to, it would suddenly display play count and last played for all the songs played since the last update.
I know Apple support would likely blame my Shuffle for the problem (it's over 6 years old now).