Steve’s Media Blog

Better iTunes 8 Genius Playlists

Posted on: September 16, 2008

From the Lifehacker blog, a possible solution for those with poor iTunes 8 Genius recommendations.

I haven’t had too many issues with Genius, but apparently a large portion of people have.  Either way, here’s a list of tips to optimize your Genius playlists that I liked the best from that Wired article:

  • Rate your music – something I’d like to do but haven’t gotten around to for the most part (40 gigs of unrated music is a lot to go through!)
  • Match your genres to iTunes – I like to keep genres simple, so this is a good suggestion. 

There are a few others, but the one that stands out the most for me is really the simplest:

Upgrade to iTunes 8.  A lot of people are refusing because of the supposed inaccuracy of Genius (and that its main function is to sell music.  Well, yes, that is what Apple is trying to do).  The more people that use Genius, the better the results.

If Genius is still not for you try checking out some of the related links at the end of the article.


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