I understand that the "skipped" tag is triggered by a song that has played for a certain amount of time, but that doesn't seem to make a difference.
Donations of any convenient size help pay the bills and defray my personal costs in keeping the site going. Note that tracks cannot be removed from a Smart Playlist which already contains every track of the library meeting its criteria--it would just repopulate with the same tracks.
Making a contribution via Pay Pal is easy, safe, and secure. Smart Playlists with the "Limit to" and "Live updating" criteria in use are more likely to be "refreshable".
) But I see no reason why podcast would mess anything up. My grand syncing scheme was to set up smart playlists like this on several REALLY large playlists: Playlist is X Limit to 100 songs The thing is, X has like 8 GB of music in it, as does Y, Z, A, and B.
Alright, this is the most maddening limitation to me. That's why I can't just throw them all on the device as is. I've thought of selecting the playlists, then doing ctrl-A, Get Info, and adding a comment to all the songs, but that's kind of a pain.
But you can create what are called Smart Playlists to keep your mobile device fresh with your favorite and new songs.
Smart Playlists will automatically change and update the songs on your mobile device each time you sync it to i Tunes on your computer.
I just avoid it and use *Genre contains/does not contain Podcast and that seems to work just fine for me in most cases. If the only way it knows to change out a song is when one of the intermediaries does so, and that intermediary playlist isn't on the ipod, then it will not change your ipod's smart playlist 'till itunes boots up again.
Because of this issue, I avoid the Podcast and Playlist rules entirely now, and while I use the Album Rating rule I do so knowing that the playlist it creates won't live update on the i Pod and will only get updated when I sync back to i Tunes. Album rating may be calculated by itunes and not the ipod (since itunes has the whole album and maybe your ipod doesn't?
Only if it can't find it on the device OR in i Tunes should it "break" the live update. I get only limited success with the "Last Skipped is not in the Last X [amount of time]" command.
It works on i Tunes, but if I skip a tune on my i Pod, then refresh the SPL, it usually does not clear itself.
From what I've experienced, these break live updating on i Pod smart playlists: *Podcast is stars My speculation is that the Playlist and Album Rating rules break live updating because the i Pod doesn't do the complex calculations that those require.