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Smart Playlists? Broken!

by Rob Friesel

While everyone else seems to be harping on themini-store-as-spyware” angle of the 6.0.2 update to iTunes, I’ve noticed something else that seems to have gotten NO MENTION throughout this flurry:


In the spirit of Hofstadter: “Try it!”

Click to create a new Smart Playlist. Now set your condition to “My Rating”:

My Rating is broken

…and try to set those stars to anything but 5.  Maybe 2 works, right?  What about 3?  4?  Snaps back to 5, doesn’t it?  When I first noticed this on Malkovich (my iMac), I thought maybe it was a problem with my 3rd party mouse (a Logitech trackball which is pretty basic, as far as trackballs go, and has never before given me any problems) – – but the issue persisted when I swapped it out for the standard Apple optical mouse that ships with the iMac out of the box.  CURIOUS!  Tried it on KetelOne (the iBook) using just its built-in trackpad.  No luck there either.

Can I get a WTF?  Personally, I’m not all that worried about the mini-store thing.  Hell, I practically asked for it not too long ago – – but I use these Smart Playlists ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME.  So needless to say, I’m pretty pished about this.  This is Quality Control at its worst.  When features – – SIMPLE UI FEATURES – – break when they’d previously worked fine.  Anyone want to provide me with an excuse for that?

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

6 Responses to Smart Playlists? Broken!

adrianm says:

>Anyone want to provide me with an excuse for that?
I realise you just want to USE UPPERCASE and scream and rant, but the simple answer is: there wasn’t a regression test or the test wasn’t run.

Sorry to be mundane. Maybe you should use the feedback system, or raise a bug.

found_drama says:

No need for apologies. But have you attempted to submit iTunes feedback? The “Submit iTunes Feedback” option from within the application takes you to a form where you can request new songs. This is hardly a way to submit a bug report about problems with the application itself. I spent quite a bit of time looking for exactly that kind of form; no such luck.

The point of the “excuse” comment is more: If it’s never broken in prior updates, why now?  What aspect of this feature are we changing that we could cause damage to functionality?

CGW3 says:

It must be in the OS X version, as I have no problems with my 6.0.2 version running on XP, and I downloaded the new version the second it was available…I have not tried it on the OS X machine yet.

Lets hope the next release fixes this small bug in the OS X version of iTunes.

Andy says:

…it’s not broken, well – not totally. It just seems as if the sensitivity is wrong when selecting the stars.

Move your mouse way over to the left – you can still set * or ** or *** or *** or (you get the idea) stars, but they are all crammed into the space of about * and **.

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