Okay. So if you’ve followed the previous steps then you’ve now got a ‘mixtape’ smart playlist of songs biased towards your highest rated songs and the ones you’ve heard least often and least recently.
All well and good. But if you followed the previous steps, you might also have taken the recommended shortcut of adding ratings on an album level, rather than an individual song level.
So now we do one final tweak. But this one at least gets done with music in the background. As you listen to your match playlist, certain songs will pop up and immediately feel out of place.
Either they’ll start playing and you’ll think ‘ugh, I don’t want to listen to this’. In which case, bump the song down a star level. (Or more, if you’re feeling particularly brutal.) That’ll mean it will automatically start appearing less often.
Or perhaps the song will start and you’ll think ‘yes, I’d like to hear more of this kind of thing’. In which case, you bump it up a star. Which means, you guessed it, that song will get played more often.
(And, of course, sometimes you’ll hear a song and think ‘yep, that’s fine’. In which case, you don’t have to adjust the ranking at all. But if it’s a ranking determined at the album level (indicated by the stars just being outlines rather than filled in), maybe you can consider officially locking it in at that level at the song level. But maybe that kind of pedantic starwork is just for those of us who are a tad completionist.)
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter how long this step takes. It’s just a tweaking of the system song by song whenever you get the urge to do so. But the more you tweak it, the better iTunes (aka Music) will become at popping up the songs you most like.
Sorry, Spotify. Sorry, Pandora. Sorry, other music streaming services. We don’t need you any more.