There are a few things that I would like to see added to iTunes. From time to time, I drop Apple a note, and request them.
I've even seen some of these features come to fruition. For example, I requested a scroll window for smart playlists that have a lot of rules. In other words, the list of rules no longer goes off screen, as it used to.
I'm sure that I wasn't the only person requesting that feature, and I have just been struck with an idea... I will post those ideas here that I would still like to see added.
I will also post a link to Apple's iTunes feedback page.
If you like these ideas, please submit feedback to Apple to support them! This way, instead of a few small voices, perhaps Apple will hear it as one large voice, and take more notice. :) If you think of any other great ideas, post them in this thread, and I will update the original post, in order to keep them all together. These are listed in the order of my own priority. ;)
1. First off, I would like to see a "track merger." In other words, if I have multiple copies of the same version, of the same track, from multiple albums, I would like to have just one copy of this file, in order to save space, but without losing the reference to the track from within the other albums.
For example, if I have a song that is on a particular album, that also appears in a compilation CD, a 'best of' album, and a soundtrack, I may have four identical versions of the same song all taking space on my hard drive/iPod/iPhone. I would like to reduce this to just one, but I still want to keep the song listed for each album. I would like to be able to replace all instances of the identical track, with the one copy of that track that is the best quality. This would also help to keep a more true
playcount of that particular song, rather than continue to have the need to add them all together.
2. Second, I would like to have the ability to make "rule sets." In other words, I want a smart playlist, that has multiple sets of rules, rather than just multiple rules.
For example, if I want to create a playlist that consists of, "Artist A," "Artist B," and Artist C," but limit this playlist to five star tracks that have only been played in the last 30 Days, I would create a smart playlist consisting of these two rule sets. And then if I want to also add to this list, any track from "Artist D," regardless of rating and the last time it was played, I would create a third rule set. This would look like this:
(((Rule 1) or (Rule 2 & Rule 3))
(Rule 4)) or (Rule 5)
3. Finally, I would like to have the ability to create a "Disappearing Playlist." We have regular playlists, and smart playlists now. This would be a third, distinct type of playlists, in addition to those two.
In other words, I can create a playlist that I definitely want to listen to in its entirety one time. As each track is played, it would then delete itself from the list. This way, if you know that you don't have time to listen completely, in one listening session, you could do so in multiple listening sessions, and each time you fire it up again, you continue from where you left off! To add even more advanced functionality, the number of listens before the track is deleted could be user definable.
Once this playlist is completed, if it reaches the point to where it contains no more tracks, the empty list then would disappear from your library, hence, "Disappearing Playlist." :)
If you like these ideas, please submit them to Apple!
As I mentioned, if you have other ideas, that you would like to see implemented, share them here, and I will request those too, in exchange for your support of my ideas! If this list gets long, I will also include with these requests, a link to this thread. :)