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Understanding Playlists

Simply put, playlists are custom collections of songs that you create or that iTunes creates for you based on criteria you define. After a playlist has been created, you can listen to it, put it on a CD, move it to your iPod, share it over a network, and more.

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In the Source list, the playlist icon is a blue box with a musical note in its center (see Figure 18.1). A smart playlist has a purple box with a gear inside it (see Figure 18.2). Smart playlists are grouped nearer the top of the Source pane, while standard playlists remain toward the bottom.

Figure 18.1. Here is a standard playlist that contains a wide variety of tunes from an assortment of artists.


Figure 18.2. On the surface, a smart playlist doesn't look all that different from a playlist, but when you take a closer look, you will see that a smart playlist lives up to its name.




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