Managing multiple audio formats in iTunes
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I keep a lossless playlist and a AAC playlist and only the AAC list I would like to have on my iPod when synchronizing with iTunes. How do I synchronize and make sure I only get the AAC list? Further, if I want to create playlists with just AAC, can I create playlist(s) in a playlist?
A: When maintaining a library of two different audio formats, the best way to organize and separate the different formats is through the use of Smart Playlists.
A simple Smart Playlist that searches for audio files based on fields such as “Kind” and “Bitrate” can be used to select all of your tracks in a given format. For instance, a Smart Playlist such as the following would select all AAC tracks of 256kbps or below:
(Note that “Less than 257 kbps” needs to be used to include 256kbps tracks, since the condition is “less than” and not “less than or equal to”)
The benefit of Smart Playlists is that they are automatically updated. So a main “AAC” playlist will always contain all AAC tracks which meet the criteria you’ve specified. This can be very handy to synchronize only your AAC tracks to your iPod without including the Apple Lossless tracks as well, which we will discuss further on.
While standard playlists cannot be nested within each other, you can build additional Smart Playlists based on whether a track is in an existing playlist. So you could use a master “AAC” playlist, which contains all of your AAC tracks, as a reference point for building additional Smart Playlists. For example, if you wanted to select only 100 AAC tracks from your Rock genre that you had not listened to in at least three weeks, you could build a Smart Playlist like the following:
The “Playlist” condition can also be used to select tracks based on standard playlists, so if you already have standard playlists built which contain a mixture of tracks in both formats, you could filter out only the AAC tracks from that playlist by including only tracks that exist in both the AAC Smart Playlist and your manual playlist:
Once you’ve built these playlists, you can easily control which content is synced to your iPod by choosing to only sync “Selected Playlists” in your iPod sync settings. To do this, simply select your iPod in the iTunes source list while it’s connected and then select the “Music” tab from the top of the main window:
On your music sync settings screen, choose “Selected Playlists” and then check only those playlists that you want iTunes to transfer to your iPod (ie, the AAC only playlists that you’ve built).
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple Music Connect to take backseat in iOS 10?
- Apple, others seeking large expanse of land for autonomous car facility
- Apple Music launches $5-per-month student discount plan
- Apple partners with SAP for mobile enterprise solutions
- Apple adds Accessibility section to its online store
- LAPD hacked into iPhone 5s for murder investigation
- More details emerge on Apple Music overhaul
- iPhone tops Time’s list of most influential gadgets
- Kohl’s integrates rewards system with Apple Pay
- Apple hires ex-Nest exec to aid in health initiatives
- August Doorbell Cam
- August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart Keypad
- ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi thermostat
- Zagg Now Cam
- Yantouch EyE Portable Wireless Speaker
- Netatmo Wind Gauge
- Incipio Stashback for iPhone 6/6s
- Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with HomeKit support
- ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4
- Brydge BrydgeMini II Keyboard for iPad mini 4
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)