My iTunes library has well over 25,000 tracks in it, and so I have to use this workaround in order to use iTunes Match. sigh Fine. So I've created the dummy library, and now I have to populate it with the tracks that I want to sync with iTunes Match. I don't want to do this track-by-track, so I'd like to create a Smart Folder of tracks that I can then import into the dummy library.
I want to sync my AAC files, but not my Apple Lossless files (because I don't want iTunes Match replacing the Apple Lossless files with the lower-quality iTunes Store versions). But when I create a new Smart Folder and specify the Kind to be Music and the codec to be AAC, it includes both the AAC files (which I want) and the Apple Lossless files (which I don't want).
How can I create a Smart Folder containing just AAC files that aren't Apple Lossless files?
Update: Here are some screen shots:
These are the current Smart Folder settings:
And here's the info for two tracks, both of which are Curtis Mayfield's "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go", the first one encoded as a 256 kbps AAC, the second as an Apple Lossless (For the curious, I rip my CDs as Apple Lossless for listening through my home stereo and then convert them to 256 kbps AAC for use on my capacity-limited iPhone).
Here's the AAC version:
And here's the Apple Lossless version. Note the much larger file size:
So: As you can see from the Smart Folder settings screen shot, both of these files are included in the Smart Folder, even though only one of them is actually an AAC. The thing is, both AACs and Apple Lossless files have a .m4a extension, despite the fact that they're different codecs. From Wikipedia:
Apple Lossless data is stored within an MP4 container with the filename extension .m4a. This extension is also used by Apple for lossy AAC audio data in an MP4 container (same container, different audio encoding). However, Apple Lossless is not a variant of AAC (which is a lossy format), but rather a distinct lossless format that uses linear prediction similar to other lossless codecs.
Hope that helps, and thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.