The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Creating playlists in iTunes!

A great tip submitted by Jesse Lieman-Sifry: Creating playlists in iTunes! There is a very cool program called "The Filter" that selects a bunch of songs from your iTunes library and creates a playlist according to what you want to listen to. The way it works is that you select three songs that are in the style you are looking for and the app will generate the rest of the playlist according to that. I wasn't sure at first of how well a software could do this, but it really works great. Once it is installed, you simply have to create an account, choose three songs from your iTunes library and click on the "F" to generate the playlist. Download the Filter from here! Thanks for the tip Jesse!



Blogger Shiner said...

I keep getting a start up exception error that I can't seem to fix. Any suggestions? I tried downloading it several times.

May 12, 2007 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger adrianne said...

I got the same error, but then I shut it down, opened iTunes, and re-opened the Filter and it seems to work now.

May 12, 2007 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Sena said...

I'm getting the same exception notice and it doesn't seem to be going away after retarting iTunes. Any suggestions?

May 12, 2007 at 3:45 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Wow, lots of issues with that software. Just a few questions:

Do you all have the latest version of iTunes?

Did you try repairing permissions first? (it can be done in Disk Utility or OnyX)

I really don't know why it wouldn't work. You can take a look at the developer's site, maybe there is more info there.


May 12, 2007 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Have you ever used iTunes' Smart Playlists? You can do exactly the same thing...

May 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Yes I use Smart Playlists all the time. It's very different though. With Smart Playlists, the choices to radomly select the rest of the playlist is very limited.


May 12, 2007 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger C├íssio said...

it's not working here also

May 12, 2007 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Shiner said...

I have the latest itunes version, but still no luck.

May 12, 2007 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

buggy - now won`t accept my password
......and doesn`t have a "remember me"
box.....a few tweaks qnd it should be useful

May 12, 2007 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Regardless - hats off to macgeek- great tips to look at every day!!!!!!!!

May 12, 2007 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

This tip works just fine on my Mac and I must say it is AMAZING!

For someone who gets bored with their iTunes playlists but has SO much music to sort through to make a fresh one, this is a great tool!

I'm finding songs I forgot I had!

Thanks :)

May 13, 2007 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger The Filter said...

Hello all -

Sorry the reason this was not working was because we had a server outage at the weekend. We're really sorry for the frustration this might have caused.

Please try getting into The Filter again - and if there's still problems you can email me at

May 17, 2007 at 5:31 AM  

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