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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Improve Genius recommendations!

Genius is a great new feature of iTunes 8, but the playlists created are not always perfect. Unfortunately, Apple didn't include a feature so that you can tell Genius what songs are not a good match to the playlist.

One thing that you can do to improve what Genius does is to rate songs. Of course, it won't improve songs that don't match with a specific playlist, but it will choose more songs that you like. By default, songs are not rated in iTunes and it didn't use to matter much, but it matters a lot more with Genius. You can just add your rating in the "Rating" column in iTunes. You can also rate the songs on the iPhone/iPod Touch when you are not in Coverflow mode, by double-tapping on the album art. A list of songs in the same album will be displayed. You can add your rating at the top of the list. You can also set the rating on the other iPods (I tried on a 1st gen Classic) by clicking twice on the center button and adding the stars with the scroll-wheel.

5 Comments:

Blogger mikkel said...

You don't need a iPod touch, to rate songs. You can do it with every iPod, just press the middle button (the "button" in the middle of the wheel). Just press that button until 5 dots show up and then roll the wheel to select the number of stars to rate the song.

October 1, 2008 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

@mikkel

That is exactly what I said in the post.

October 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Stig said...

Thank you for the tip!

October 2, 2008 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Paul87 said...

Or you can use a program called Autorate that takes roughly 5 minutes to rate a 25GB library based on the data iTunes DOES store for each song, such as the play count, skip count and so on. If a song is already rated, this program does not overwrite the rating, either.

October 6, 2008 at 2:50 AM  
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