I have one active playlist which contains about 50 songs. But I remove and add songs very commonly at this playlist. I want to have another playlist that includes all song that currently are and have been in the active playlist. Can someone help me to create that smart playlist?

Here is a screenshot of my first attempt but this creates a live updating clone, which is not very helpful. My first try


iTunes' Smart Playlist feature does not have any memory. You can only refer to songs where/how they are in this very moment.

You can, however, add songs to the new smart playlist that have been played in the last X hours/days.

If you can 'explain' to iTunes how to find the songs that you want to have included/excluded, you can create a smart playlist for it.

Does this answer your question?

  • I will try out your solution. But are there any other ways outside of iTunes to create Playlist for iTunes?
    – Colin
    Aug 4 '17 at 13:37
  • For regular playlists that shall appear in iTunes you have to use a) iTunes on a PC/Mac or b) an iOS device with iTunes Match or c) an iOS device with Apple Music enabled. ## You may also use AppleScript to automate the creation of (smart) playlists.
    – oa-
    Aug 8 '17 at 7:46

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