I’ve been an iTunes user for years, but it’s only this year that I’ve bothered to use the star rating system. I’m also, quite honestly, surprised at how much more exciting my music library has become now that I’m throwing stars all over the place. Four and five stars ratings are for favourites: the kind […]
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Here’s how I rate my iTunes music library

I’ve been an iTunes user for years, but it’s only this year that I’ve bothered to use the star rating system. I’m also, quite honestly, surprised at how much more exciting my music library has become now that I’m throwing stars all over the place.

Four and five stars ratings are for favourites: the kind of songs I would never skip; the ones I’m always glad to hear. However, these criteria are, admittedly, a little vague. As in Animal Farm, some songs are more equal than others, and even I’m not completely sure how “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” scored higher than “Häiti”.

Three-star songs are a good bunch overall. They’re the kind that I won’t skip over when setting my library to shuffle, but I can’t be bothered to make playlists out of them either.

Two star songs are a little more specific: they’re the tracks that sound great within the context of an album, but whose names I likely wouldn’t remember otherwise. If I met a two-star song on the street, I’d be forced to nod in greeting, avoid eye contact, and stick to talking about the weather.

Of all the ratings, however, it is the dreaded one-star that is the most fickle; the most deadly. The one-star is the Death Star. Well, sort of.

To put it less dramatically: one-star ratings are useful for helping me target songs for deletion while I’m on my iPhone. It’s currently impossible to delete songs through the iPod app, so I hire one-star ratings to keep an eye on my targets until I can load iTunes up and silence the offending tracks forever. I’m finding this more and more important as my music library literally balloons before my eyes (I realize 12GB isn’t exactly gigantic in terms of music libraries these days, but I like being able to sync everything to my iPhone).

So that’s how I’ve been managing my music lately. I may have embellished a bit, but I am actually having fun managing my music this way. If you’ve got your own strange (read: awesome) way of managing ratings, let us know in the comments.

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