How to Create Genius Playlists in iTunes 12.3

iTunes 12.3 seems to have a bug regarding some of its menus. Previously, if you clicked the … next to a track (that button only appears when you hover your cursor over the track), you’d see a popup menu that included an option to create a Genius playlist. Now, in iTunes 12.3, it only lets you Start Genius, which starts playing a selection of tracks, picked by the Genius feature, but as it does so, it bounces around your library.

Start genius

You can still create a Genius playlist, which gets added to your playlists sidebar, and which you can edit manually. To do so, right-click on a track and choose Create Genius Playlist.

Create genius playlist

I don’t know why Apple removed this option from the first menu; I assume it’s a bug. Note that there are lots of other options in the second menu compared to the first.

I still don’t understand why Apple thinks two types of contextual menus in iTunes are a good idea, but that’s another story…

8 thoughts on “How to Create Genius Playlists in iTunes 12.3

  1. Thanks Kirk, for showing the way — I too was frustrated by this misplaced/missing option. Maybe Apple sees this change as an improvement?
    Lately it feels to me as though Apple is moving away from delighting us with intuitive features that we perhaps didn’t even know we needed, and moving toward trying to force us into some grand scheme that fits their ambitions rather than our needs or desires.
    I liked the good old days when I felt that I could trust Apple to simply “do the right thing” for its loyal users.

  2. Thanks Kirk, for showing the way — I too was frustrated by this misplaced/missing option. Maybe Apple sees this change as an improvement?
    Lately it feels to me as though Apple is moving away from delighting us with intuitive features that we perhaps didn’t even know we needed, and moving toward trying to force us into some grand scheme that fits their ambitions rather than our needs or desires.
    I liked the good old days when I felt that I could trust Apple to simply “do the right thing” for its loyal users.

  3. Their changes to iTunes are absolutely illogical and actually are making the whole product a failure. I am baffled. It used to be so simple, logical and functional. Now, I find myself frustrated, and increasingly, just bypassing iTunes completely. Apple in my estimation is really losing the plot these days. I just sold my iPhone and am android only currently. I don’t miss iOS or iTunes at all. That’s not good coming from someone who has owned every single iPhone but the 6s generation.

  4. Their changes to iTunes are absolutely illogical and actually are making the whole product a failure. I am baffled. It used to be so simple, logical and functional. Now, I find myself frustrated, and increasingly, just bypassing iTunes completely. Apple in my estimation is really losing the plot these days. I just sold my iPhone and am android only currently. I don’t miss iOS or iTunes at all. That’s not good coming from someone who has owned every single iPhone but the 6s generation.

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