iTunes Match: Smart Playlists Cannot Nest Playlists
If you are in the process of migrating your iTunes library to iTunes Match and have encountered issues with ineligible songs and playlists then here is why the latter is considered ineligible: smart playlists using the “playlist” option simply do not work. For whatever reason, iTunes Match is unable to nest playlists, thus removing the option of creating playlists based on other playlists (ie. “Playlist is playlist”).
One way around this is to use the option of nesting conditionals within smart playlists, a feature introduced in the release of iTunes 9. This should alleviate most scenarios where you may want to nest a smart playlist within another, but not everyone.
I have run into a situation where I am unable to use my “jarkolicious Radio” playlists because it is built off of a combination of five playlists. Here is how the playlists are broken down:
- 3-Star Radio: “Rating is ***” and “Last Played not in the last 10 weeks”
- 4-Star Radio: “Rating is ****” and “Last Played not in the last 3 weeks”
- 5-Star Radio: “Rating is *****” and “Last Played not in the last 2 days”
- New Music: “Date Added in the last 1 month”
- Favorite Music: Not a smart playlist
My “jarkolicious Radio” smart playlists is merely a playlists that combines all of the above five playlists into a single playlists. The idea is to get a good mix between old, new and favorite music, a job the playlist does pretty well. It is my most widely used playlist.
Unfortunately because it is a playlists built off of nested playlists it is ineligible for iTunes Match. I have tried to migrate the combination to a smart playlist using nested conditionals but it just does not produce the same results.
Try as I might, the fact of the matter is so long as “jarkolicious Radio” contains the conditional “Playlist is playlist" then it will continue to remain ineligible until Apple adds this functionality of there is a good way to get the nested conditionals to work properly.
Bottom line: if you are wondering why you have smart playlists which are showing up as “ineligible” for iTunes Match then consider checking to see if you are nesting playlists as your conditionals. If you are, you might have to look for an alternative method.