Keeping on tops of playlists is like an Olympic sport here in the Money4Machines office! We can pretty much take or leave Facebook, but our world would honestly come crashing down if our meticulously organised, historically accurate digitised music collections were somehow stolen by fairies or gobbled by a virus!
Keeping our digital music libraries in tip top shape is all about keeping on top of the little things. So, while we run data erase software on your old Kindles and help you sell your iPad, here are some super tips we reckon can help keep your music library in proper shape!
1. Pay attention to genres
There are about a dozen default genres on iTunes, and bothering to use them is basically like creating twelve playlists. It’s also a superb way to create more playlists without doing that thing where you let your eyes scan all songs hoping to catch a good one.
2. Rate songs
Everyone has favourite songs. Our social medial girl’s favourite song is “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. Our marketing queen is a Foo Fighters Fanatic (trust me, she deserves the capital ‘F’!) and has rated every song they’ve ever released to make here playlist creations even easier. And remember that this is YOUR collection, so rate stuff honestly and give your guilty pleasures the recognition they deserve – who says Enrique Iglesias can’t be the soundtrack to your life?!
3. Tag songs
Using the ‘Grouping’ tool on iTunes, you can basically tag songs as you upload them to form a kind of smart playlist. Let’s say there are a bunch of songs that remind you of Glastonbury ’94; you can tag individual songs with something like ‘glasto94’ But here’s where it gets really clever, you can add more than one tag to a song, so your tags for one song could look something like ‘glasto94. Summer. Guilty pleasure. Feelgood’ It saves you from having a thousand playlists to scroll through.
4. Never, ever, ever add unnamed files!
Ok, so adding tags, genres and correct titles might eat into your lazy evening viewing by about seven minutes, but if you want to get the most out of your iPod, you need to put the minutes into not ever, ever, ever, EVER adding files without all the appropriate admin details!