iTunes 12: Rate Your Tunes with Stars or Hearts

If you’ve been browsing the iOS Music app, you’ll have noticed the ? rating buttons. Previously, iTunes offered ? ratings, but now offers both.

You can choose to use one or both of these in the General preferences. Choose iTunes > General, and check the Ratings menu. Take your pick:

Stars and loves

Here’s how they look in Songs view:

Stars and loves list view

You can also create smart playlists using the Love criterion:

Loved smart playlist

10 thoughts on “iTunes 12: Rate Your Tunes with Stars or Hearts

  1. Well that’s actually a nice improvement and I find this quite usable. I only wonder what happens, should Apple (aus randomly as in the past) decide to get rid of it again. What then? I may better stay with my practice-proven custom tags in the comments field.

  2. Well that’s actually a nice improvement and I find this quite usable. I only wonder what happens, should Apple (aus randomly as in the past) decide to get rid of it again. What then? I may better stay with my practice-proven custom tags in the comments field.

  3. I would hope that star ratings add weight to the recommendations profile, too.

    Apple got rid of stars in Photos, and they’d probably like to do that here too, but they knew that this would cause disasters for a lot of users.

    The binary heart is a lot easier to use on-the-fly, and today’s Apple is all about simplification. But advanced, passionate users get beat up along the way.

  4. I would hope that star ratings add weight to the recommendations profile, too.

    Apple got rid of stars in Photos, and they’d probably like to do that here too, but they knew that this would cause disasters for a lot of users.

    The binary heart is a lot easier to use on-the-fly, and today’s Apple is all about simplification. But advanced, passionate users get beat up along the way.

  5. This is excellent. For years now I’ve used a specific tag in groupings (iPod) to help create mixes and to “fave” tracks. This frees me from needing to bother with that convoluted tag. Thank you, Apple!

  6. This is excellent. For years now I’ve used a specific tag in groupings (iPod) to help create mixes and to “fave” tracks. This frees me from needing to bother with that convoluted tag. Thank you, Apple!

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