Matchlists - 2 requests/feature suggestions

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22 Mar, 2019 11:33 AM

Just getting into matchlists. Super useful.

I have 2 feature suggestions, though:

1) The option to change the seed track/tracks of a matchlist, or; save a matchlist as a default matchlist

2) The option to use iTunes playlists/smart playlists and other Beatunes matchlists as filters in a matchlist

Apologies if these things are already possible. But I couldn't figure out how to do it if it is...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by hendrik on 23 Mar, 2019 09:56 AM

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    Thanks for your input.

    I'm not sure I really understand 2). Do you mean you want to use the settings from Smartlists or Matchlists as filters or you want to base new Matchlists based on the tracks from other lists?

  2. 2 Posted by Patch on 23 Mar, 2019 10:56 AM

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    I’d like to use an iTunes playlist and/or a BeaTunes matchlist as a filter in a BeaTunes matchlist.

    In the same way that you can in iTunes - for example:

    Playlist <is> Hip-Hop, or;
    Playlist <is> 90 - 95 BPM

    Having the ability to change the Seed track of a matchlist, and filter on OTHER matchlists or iTunes playlists opens up a whole world of playlist/matchlist possibilities...

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by hendrik on 23 Mar, 2019 11:18 AM

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    I’d like to use an iTunes playlist and/or a BeaTunes matchlist as a filter in a BeaTunes matchlist.

    Isn't that at least partially already covered by being able to specify the source playlist (see attached screenshot)?

  4. 4 Posted by Patch on 23 Mar, 2019 02:03 PM

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    Almost - but it needs to be one level down in the hierarchy so that we can specify multiple playlists/match lists and use AND and OR functions.

  5. 5 Posted by Patch on 26 Mar, 2019 11:36 AM

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    Is there any interest in this? I can see it opening up LOADS of possibilities with regards to playlist generation. It would actually put BeaTunes light years ahead of iTunes in what is possible through Matchlists vs. Smart Playlists...

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by hendrik on 27 Mar, 2019 04:48 PM

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    I'm afraid, I don't really have the resources to implement this in the foreseeable future.

  7. 7 Posted by evansthompson on 02 Apr, 2020 10:14 PM

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    FWIW, I do accomplish something like that by having a number smart playlists in iTunes that have the "source" tracks for a particular Matchlist. In the example above, the iTunes/Music smart playlist would be:

    All criteria:
    Genre is Hip-Hop
    BPM is in the range 90 to 95

    I go further in mine and ensure that only songs that are valid for iCloud playlists are listed, otherwise the resulting Matchlist might not sync via iCloud Music Library.

    Likewise, I have the playlist exclude songs that are unchecked. That makes it easy to keep some songs out of Matchlists.

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