Sort and Randomly Order Your iTunes Playlists (#1276)

Sort and Randomly Order Your iTunes Playlists (#1276)


If you like creating playlists in iTunes you’ll
find that it can sometimes be frustrating to get the songs to be sorted in the order
that you want them to be played back. So let me show you a few techniques. This is using the latest version of iTunes,
that’s version 12.5.3.17 in Sierra. I’m in songs view here and I can see all my
songs. I have one selected so I’m going to do Command
A to select them All. Then I’m going to create a playlist that just
includes all of the ones in the sample library here. So, New; Playlist from Selection. Now I’ve got a new playlist here and I’m just
going to call it Playlist 1. I’ve got all the songs added in the order
that they appeared in my list. That’s great but now I want to sort them. The easiest way to do that is simply drag
and drop. So I take the first song here and just drag
it to another position and you see it sticks there. I can do that but it’s a very clunky interface. You don’t see where it is you’re dropping
it very well. You can see that little blue line there. You drop it and you can reorder what’s there. But you can also click Edit Playlist. This takes you to a different interface. Now on the left side most of the interface
here in iTunes I see my library here. I’m going to ignore that because this is for
adding new songs. What I want to focus here is on the right
I see my playlist. I can edit the name, I can edit the image
even selecting one, I can add a description, and I can also set an order. So I can change the order say to Name. So say if I wanted this to be alphabetical. Now it’s sorted by name. I hit Done. I can see my playlist appears now sorted by
name. So it’s an easy way to do that. I can go back into Edit and you can see I
had other options here like Time, Artist, how many loves and how many plays I gave to
it. That kind of thing. I can even have it sorted by Album. Now I also have Manual Order. So you think this switches back to being Manual
Order. But if I do that you can see it actually not
only gives me manual control of the order again, and I can drag and drop inside this
interface as well to change the order, but it remembers the manual order I was in. For instance, if I put this song here at the
top and then I go to Sort by Name, I go back to Manual Order, it remembers the manual order
there. So it doesn’t allow me to say sort by name
and then edit this order somewhat. Change the order of these songs because as
soon as I go back to Manual Order it remembers the previous manual order and goes back to
it. What if you wanted to have a random order
to your songs. Well, you might say I’ll hit Shuffle and it’ll
play songs in a random order. But it’s a different random order every time. Let’s say I wanted to create my own mixed
tape. I wanted to shuffle all the songs so they’re
randomly sorted and then stay in that order. It’s not easy to do but you can do it by using
the Up Next List. So here’s the Up Next List of what’s playing
up next. If I wanted to shuffle all these and add them
to the Up Next List what I do is hold the Option key down, hit Shuffle All, and it adds
them to Up Next in a random order. Okay, so that’s step 1. Step 2 is create a new playlist. We’ll call that Playlist 2. That’s empty. Now I’m going to go back to the Up Next List. I’m going to select the first song, scroll
all the way down, Shift click to select all of those and then I’m going to drag and drop
that into Playlist 2. Now Playlist 2 is what was in my Up Next List
but it is now permanent. I now have a permanent listing of those songs
in a random order. If I Edit that playlist and go in you can
see it’s Manual Order. I can now maybe do some fine tuning, some
tweaking, maybe I don’t want the same group played back-to-back, that kind of thing. But it will remember this manual order even
though I started with a random shuffle. So you can do that with a lot of different
things. If, for instance, the sorting order you want
isn’t listed here you can just sort your library in that way and then drag and drop to a new
playlist to create a playlist that has the Manual Order set to that original order. It’s a really simple way to kind of create
a mixed tape that has everything in random order but will play in that same random order
each time.

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