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Plex Smart Playlists

People seemed to appreciate some guidance I gave on smart playlists, so I thought I would post this here for anyone looking for this info.

It began because Plex’s smart shuffle is terrible, and I didn’t know it was a feature you can turn off. But let’s start earlier.

I stopped using iTunes (Apple Music) a while ago and moved my music library over to Plex. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. I do still use Music to import CDs and use it for its file sorting features. I buy a new album (digital or physical), put it into Apple Music, then Resilio Sync syncs my ~/Music folder to my Plex server (and my offsite backup server).

So it starts here:

Apple Music screenshot

Then it ends up here:

Screenshot of Finder showing ~/Music folder.

That syncs to the server via Resilio. And it’s indexed in Plex.

Screenshot of recently added music in Plexamp.

From there I can play my music anywhere. Handy dandy.

I have a playlist of “Wonderful Songs” which is just a smart playlist of any song that is 3 stars or more. This used to exist in iTunes for me. It is the default playlist I use. Unfortunately with Plex’s smart shuffle it was showing me the same songs every single time. It was really frustrating.

Turns out you can turn off Smart Shuffle by going into the Plex app (not PlexAmp), going to settings. Go to Library, show advanced, and there’s a checkbox there.

Screenshot of Plex

Boom. But I liked the workaround I was doing and I’m going to keep it, as well.

With Smart Playlists, you can choose to omit items that have been played in the last x days/weeks/months. So for my Wonderful Songs playlists, it looks like this:

Plex screenshot where Track Rating is greater than 3 stars and track last played is not the last 6 months.

And that’s not all, you can apply this same logic to video playlists:

Plex screenshot of a smart playlist logic. Show title contains "3rd Rock" or "Good Place" or "Bob's Burgers" or "Central Park" or "Taskmaster" or "No More" and Episode last played is not in the last 3 months.

Ta da!

Rock a meme

Kate posted this meme and tagged me on The Facebook. I figured, I’d post it to my blog, as that’ll just aggregate to Facebook any way. Downside, no tagging, upside, the entire world sees how awesome my taste in music is.

Shuffle your songs + share

Once you’ve been tagged…
(1) Turn on your MP3 player (no, seriously)
(2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.
(3) Write down the first 15 songs that come up–song title and artist–NO editing/cheating, please.
(4) Choose 25 (or so) people to be tagged. It is generally considered to be in good taste to tag the person who tagged you. Tag them first.

If I tagged you, it’s because I’m betting that your musical selection is entertaining, or at least amusing.

(To do this, go to “NOTES” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, enter your 15 Shuffle Songs, Click ‘Preview’ below to tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click Publish, the little blue box at the bottom of your screen).

1) “Look For Me (I’ll Be Around)” by Neko Case from the album Blacklisted
2) “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield from their album Buffalo Springfield
3) “Oh My Love” by John Lennon from his album Imagine
4) “Cupid’s Trick” by Elliott Smith from his album Either/Or (man, this list is fuckin’ awesome!)

Lit me up! It’s my lie!

5)  “Scare Easy” by Mudcrutch from their only album, the self-titled one.
6) “Astral Plane” by The Modern Lovers from their self-titled debut
7) “I’m Not Angry” by Elvis Costello from his album My Aim Is True
8) “Andy Warhol” by David Bowie from his best album Hunky Dory
9) “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
10) “I Know What I Know” by Paul Simon from Graceland
11) “Sitting By The Riverside” by The Kinks from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
12) “Warm In The Shadows” by Music Go Music from Expressions
13) “At Madam Plum’s” by Stephin Merritt from his opera Peach Blossom Fan
14) “Thrice All American” by Neko Case & Her Boyfriends from their album Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
15) “Down In Flames” by The Super Friendz from their album Mock Up-Scale Down