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From time to time, I switch to iTunes and see it displaying a somewhat ridiculous playlist. Usually this comes from me having done a search for some artist before but being too lazy to type the name completely – giving me all sorts of stray results. And occasionally unexpected results as well because iTunes will also include information from the fields it doesn’t display when doing a complete search.

I’m wondering if this could be a fun game – showing people a playlist and asking them to figure out the search term. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to create a sufficiently non-obvious example now that I’m trying…

January 7, 2007, 17:39


Comment by snc: User icon

Are you sure iTunes searches in fileds that are not displayed? Because I find it rather annoying, that I cannot search the comment field when it is not visible.

January 7, 2007, 18:01

Comment by ssp: User icon

Make that “all but the Comment field” then :) Perhaps it’s all fields that iTunes can display in the list.

You can definitely search for data like the composer or the names of band members if they are present in the metadata.

January 7, 2007, 18:29

Comment by snc: User icon

I think there is a fixed set of fields that are always searched, visible or not visible, and there are other fields that will only be included in the search if they are visible in the column view. It’s true for the Comments as well as Grouping.

January 8, 2007, 23:06

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Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.