Fix iTunes Smart Playlist Sync bug - Mac Tips Daily! #397

Since the update to iTunes 9, my smart playlists have been scrambled and not syncing in the order I tell it to. I called Apple support and they couldn't offer a solution. However, they were very nice and informed me it wasn't the iPhone firmware, but it was an iTunes 9 issue. I had hoped iTunes 9.01 would fix the problem, but alas, it didn't. 

I needed to come up with a work around, since I use two very important smart playlists -- recently added & 25podcasts. Essentially I have a playlist that shows the recently added stuff, from newest to oldest.  I also have a 25 podcasts lists, that sort, you guessed it, from newest to oldest. The syncing problem was shuffling them all around and sometimes not even putting the correct content in the list. 

Here is a temporary work around:

1. Open iTunes 9

2. Edit your smart playlist (control-click or right click on it).

3. Enable live updating so that it will show the most recent content. Click 'Ok'. Repeat process for each that needs editing. 

4. Now Disable it and click 'OK'.

5. Sync your iPod/iPhone. 

Your edited playlist should now be synced just like they look in iTunes. 

You will need to repeat this process each time, until Apple fixes the iTunes bug. Hopefully iTunes 9.02 will work as it should. 


Folder Search Defaults - Mac Tips Daily! #395

If you have been using 10.5 Leopard , you know that when you used the search box for finding a file,  spotlight would search the whole computer. This is fine, but it can take longer. A new feature in OS 10.6 SNOW LEOPARD, you can now set a default to search just the current folder you have open in Finder.

Here is how to do it:

1. Click on the 'Finder'. 

2. Go to 'Finder -> Preferences'.

3. Select 'Advanced' and choose 'Search the current folder'. You can also choose to 'Search this Mac',  or 'use the previous search scope'.  

4. This just changes the default, so anytime you want to search with the different options, you can choose your scope at the top of the window.


iTunes 9 Mini Player - The Return!

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By now you've probably updated to the new cleaner looking version of iTunes 9. It looks great, but some people are having a hard time finding some old features. Specifically, I've read story after story about the demise of the Mini Player. Never fear -- it's still there.

How to do it:

1. Open 'iTunes 9'.

2. Go to the 'View -> Switch to Mini Player'.

Select this option again to switch back to normal.

3. If you prefer a keyboard shortcut, press 'Command  + Shift + M'. This keystroke will alternate from mini to regular.

4. Or, you can hold down 'Command'  'Option' and click the 'green button'. 

Enlarge iTunes Text - Mac Tips Daily! #393

If you are like me and running a high-res screen, everything seems smaller, especially the text. Instead of straining your eyes with iTunes, enlarge it. Great for Demos too.

Here is how to do it:

1. Open iTunes and go to the 'iTunes->Preferences' menu. Once you are there, select the 'General' tab.

2. iTunes offers two options for enlarging the text. The 'source', which is the left side of your screen where your playlists live. The 'List' is where your songs appear.


3. You can combine a small and a large, or large & large, or small and small in any combination. Once you have chosen it, click 'Apply'.