SMART PLAYLISTS - some played in all and some play just one file

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Mariusz

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Hello,

In my iPod some smart playlists play one track after another, and other playlists play just just one.
And you have to start the next one manually...
In iTunes though all smart playlists play all consecutive items
Rules for all smart playlists (in iTunes) are the same.
Is there any explanation to that?
 

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Generally the iPod will play the tracks one after the other just like iTunes.

There are exceptions:
  • A smart playlist that has one track and needs to update to remove the played track, and add a new track. These the user needs to exit the playlist and return to it to see the new track. Changing the rule for number of selected tracks to a value higher than 1 will fix this.
  • An iPod is set to repeat 1 song and the 1 song has fallen out of the playlist. Disabling repeat will get around it.
  • An iPod with an incomplete set of music where source tracks are pulled from a large playlist that is not on the iPod can also cause this. Either add more tracks to the smart playlist to have more on the iPod, or make room for the large playlist to reside on the iPod.
What rules are you using?

I use a set of 30 nested playlists (25 are smart) to make a Radio playlist for my car that is randomized, but yet weighted to include 70% 4 and 5 star songs, where recently listened to tracks fall out and older tracks replace them.
 

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Thank you for your quick response.
Fortunately, the problem seems solved now. However, not sure what caused it...
In iTunes, I noticed that although the audiobook in question was checked (in the left panel), the right panel didn’t show any chapters.
I unchecked the audiobook and checked it again, the chapters appeared, then synced the iPod, and now all chapters are played.
 

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Glad to hear it worked out.

I found that sometimes an iPod needs 2 syncs to get everything. The first one transfers the data from the iPod to iTunes, the second transfers the updated iTunes information to the iPod.
 
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