Monday, September 21, 2009

Genius Mixes

Here's another great feature of iTunes 9 and iPhone OS 3.1: Genius Mixes.

If you want this feature on your iPhone, you'll have to start with creating the mixes on iTunes first.

When I updated iTunes to version 9, it didn't create Genius Mixes for me automatically. I had the Genius turned on before the update and it was the same after the update - no Genius Mixes.

So, what I had to do was disable the Genius first and then renable it. That allowed the Genius Mixes to come out. What iTunes does to create mixes is look at your entire iTunes library and create playlists of the different genres you already have. It also should be picking songs that are similar to each other. I haven't listened to each mix to really test that out. But, so far it seems to be pretty good.

Now, to get the mixes on your iPhone is easy. All you have to do is sync it to your iPhone like a playlist. I suppose you also have to enable Genius on your iPhone, which I already did when turning on the Genius for apps.
Just to let you know, one of the funky things my iPhone does is that it doesn't always display the correct album cover for each song. I hope that can get resolved eventually. So, in the picture to the right Expose isn't really in this rock mix.
I'm really going to test out this feature when I go on my trip this Friday.

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