Smart playlist live updating
Create a new smart playlist where Playlist equals the new playlist or the old playlist, set it to shuffle, and your mix is ready.
You could do the same with artists, genres and so on.
Besides star ratings, how can you work out which songs you love the most?
One way is sorting them by the number of times they have been skipped.
I picked up Awaken with the recent Macheist deal, and with it I planned to do something I've been thinking about doing for a long time with i Tunes: try and figure out a way to wake myself up with a short roundup of the daily podcasts I never seem to find a time to listen to during the day itself.
Getting your Mac to play a playlist on demand at a certain time isn't hard at all (Awaken will do it easily, or Alarm Clock 2 will do it as donationware), but the tough part is getting your podcasts rounded up into a playlist so you can hear all the new shows all in one go.
Finally, you can create your master playlist, which is the actual playlist I'm going to have Awaken play for me every morning.
But I'm not sure that folders work exactly the same as playlists in all instances (on i Pods, during syncing, etc.), so it might be worth creating a separate master playlist anyway.
Create a smart playlist, and then set Podcast to "true," (see below for the settings) and change the Album to whatever your playlist's Album is (I had to "Get Info," or -I, on a few of the shows to figure out what they used for an Album identifier).
Finally (and this is the key), you'll want to check "Limit to," and limit the playlist to one item selected by "most recently added." That will give you a playlist with only one item in it: the most recent show i Tunes has downloaded for you.
I rounded up a few of my favorite daily podcasts, with the plan of putting them all together so I'd have something to listen to as I woke up in the morning.
Next, what you'll want to do is create a Smart Playlist for each of the podcasts you'll want to include in the master playlist.