Restoring iTunes’ “Recently Played” smart playlist

Q: I accidentally deleted the built-in “Recently Added” feature of iTunes. I need that feature badly since I manually upload to my iPod, and it was handy to see what needs to be uploaded next. Now without it, I’m forced to recall which songs I have yet to upload. Can I still get that feature back?

– Bud

A: Absolutely. In fact, that feature is merely a simple smart playlist, which you can create yourself very easily. First, select “New Smart Playlist…” from iTunes’ “File” menu. Then, change the settings and conditions so they appear as below:

Restoring iTunes’ “Recently Played” smart playlist

Click OK, rename the playlist as you want, and you’re done! Smart playlists have endless possibilities for helping with management of your library and more enjoyable learning. – it is definitely worth learning how best to use them. To do so, read our tutorial How to Create Smart Playlists in iTunes, or visit for cool ideas.

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