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I have a ton of songs that I classify in named playlists, and would like to have an easier way of knowing if a song has been previously classified or not. The thought occurred to me to make a Smart Playlist that will show me songs that meet the following requirements:

  • Media Type must be Music (excludes Music Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Podcasts, etc.)
  • Must not exist in any playlist within the parent Classification folder.
  • Must not exist in the "Unclassifiable" folder.

I can't get the Smart Playlist to populate with all remaining songs:

Smart Playlist Rules for 'Unclassified'

Is it possible to create a Smart Playlist showing all songs not in another playlist?

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It's supposed to be "Is Not" Genres, actually, but it's a moot point. Either way it's set, I get 0 results. I've also tried using "Media Kind is Music" and only specifying the playlists that should have music excluded from. – Jason Salaz Dec 6 '12 at 21:37
That should work. Maybe you should double check your "Unclassifiable" playlist to make sure it doesn't contain all the songs in your library? – Kyle Cronin Dec 7 '12 at 0:55
0 items in Unclassifiable (which is a static playlist, not a Smart Playlist) for the moment. 0 items in Unclassified. – Jason Salaz Dec 7 '12 at 5:23
Hm, I created a similar Smart Playlist in my iTunes and it works fine – Kyle Cronin Dec 7 '12 at 14:56
I guess it just takes a long time to populate. Because sure enough I come back today and it's suddenly working. – Jason Salaz Dec 8 '12 at 1:10
up vote 5 down vote accepted

It turns out that the screenshot, or at least the correct version, is sufficient:

Smart Playlist Settings

No doubt in part to my tens of thousands of songs, and only a few hundreds currently classified, the playlist took sometime to populate. After reading Kyle's comment, I looked at the playlist and nearly my whole library is now present.

So the answer to this problem can only logically be:


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I'm glad it worked finally, but it shouldn't have taken that much time. I have ~7500 songs in my library and iTunes is able to make smart playlists instantly. – Kyle Cronin Dec 8 '12 at 3:00

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