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How to create Genius playlists in iTunes

Create random playlists based on a song's baseline

Apple's iTunes is great software for organising your digital music collection. It allows you to organise files by track name, album, artist, genre or star rating that you provide, as well as letting you create playlists of tracks. These tracks can then even be transferred to any of your devices that run iOS, such as an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod or shared with other computers located on your home network.

However, it also offers features that can help you discover new music and create custom playlists. In version 8 of the software, Apple introduced a feature known as Genius, which compares your songs, playlists, and iTunes purchase history against what Apple offers on iTunes and library information from other users to give you the most relevant recommendations. Furthermore, it'll also automatically suggest songs based on your selection of a track's baseline. Here's how to turn on Genius and create a playlist.

Step one
You need to start by turning on the Genius function. From the Start menu select iTunes to launch the program. As soon as the softwrae is opened, you may see a column in the far right-hand corner of the window that explains Genius and offers a button that can be clicked to turn it on. Alternatively, if you can't see this colum, select the Store menu at the top of the window click Turn on Genius.

Step two
It's worth noting you need an Apple ID (an account with the iTunes store, even if you have no plans to purchase anything) to access the Genius function. You'll be required to enter this once you've opted to turn on genius. If you don't already have one, you can create an Apple ID using the link at the bottom. Once you've accepted the terms and conditions, the function will analyse your music library and alert you when the service is ready to use.

Step three
Now you can create a Genius playlist. Simply select a song in your library and then click the Genius button (which looks like an atom in orbit) at the bottom of the iTunes Window. A genius playlist based on the baseline of the original track will now be create. To begin listening to the playlist, simply press the Play button from the top of the iTunes window.

Step four
You can adjust how many songs appear the playlist by using the Select from drop down menu and pick from 25, 50, 75 or 100 songs. Furthermore, you can Save the playlist so you can play it again, it'll appear underneath the Genius menu on the far left-hand side of the iTunes window. You can also Refresh your playlist, and iTunes will offer a new selection of songs. Every time you add more tracks to your iTunes library, Genius will be updated and the playlists will become more accurate.

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