SmartPlaylist 4+

Create smart music playlists


    • 4.4 • 49 Ratings
    • $1.99



SmartPlaylist is the most advanced playlist generator for iPod/iPhone/iPad with many unique features.

SmartPlaylist uses the titles stored in your Music library on your device.

There are 26 smart playlists (SmartPlaylist A-Z) which you can use and name as you wish.

In each SmartPlaylist you can combine more than 20 search rules to filter and sort your iTunes music library. These rules can be saved in iCloud.

Available search criteria:
● Text search: Genre, Grouping, Composer, Artist, Album-Artist, Album, Title, Comments, Lyrics and/or iTunes-Playlist
Search for exact matches („is equal to“), for any partial matches („contains“) or use wildcards („is like“ ?/*).
Use logical operators to unite (" OR “), intersect (" AND “) or exclude (“ NOT “) certain songs
Example: The rule "Genre contains blu OR zz" will give you all your blues and jazz songs in 1 playlist.
● Numerical search: Rating, Play Count, Skip Count, Duration, Track Number, BPM and/or Year.
● Date search: Added, Last Played, Last Skipped, Released (how many days, weeks, months or years ago)
You can search for values less than, equal to / from-to (=) or more than the limit you set
● Property search: is in compilation, is in iCloud, is music video (all/yes/no)

The titles loaded in SmartPlaylist also become the playback queue of the Music app and the now playing title is also shown in the lock screen and the control center, where you can play/pause, fast-forward, skip, etc.

There are many settings to configure, e.g. what search rules you want to use and what info you want to see in the list of titles.

General procedure:
1. Select a smart playlist (a)
2. Set the search rules (a)
3. Tap „Load titles“ (a)
4. Scroll through the list of matching titles (b)
5. Press on a title in the list to play it or tap to see all its details (c).

a) THE MAIN SCREEN: The search rules of a smart playlist (e.g. „SmartPlaylist A“)
● Use „Menu“ to open the settings and help, copy/paste rules and backup/restore with iCloud
● Use „(i)“ to open the details of a search rule (there, use „(+)“ to open the pick list for genre, artist, etc.)
● Use „All/Active“ to toggle between showing all search rules and showing only the active rules (yellow)
● Browse your music collection hierarchically by Genres > Composers > Artists > Albums > Titles
● Use list operations to add, subtract or intersect the results of SmartPlaylists
● Limit the number of titles per artist or per album, or limit the list to x minutes, hours or titles
● Sort with multiple criteria, e.g. 1. by Artist, 2. by Rating (per artist), 3. by playCount (per rating)
● With „Show only“ you can load another SmartPlaylist while the previous list is still playing in the background
● If you do not set any search rules „Load titles“ will load all titles in your music library

b) THE LIST VIEW: The list of titles matching the search rules
● Long-press on a title to play/pause
● Pinch in/out to change the row height (S-M-L) and toggle the display of the artwork
● Use quick-search to search within the loaded list or mark certain titles
● Scroll to the now playing song in the list with „Now playing“

c) THE DETAIL VIEW: All the details/infos for the selected song
● If you have selected a song which is not being played, you can scroll up and down through the title list with „^“ / „v“
● When you are in the „Now playing mode“, „^“ / „v“ will play the previous or next song, respectively.
● Enlarge the cover artwork up to full screen (tap/double-tap or pinch in/out)
● Tap on a line to open the values in a text view where you can copy the text or look up the definition of words, etc. (e.g. in the lyrics)
● Add the selected song to another smart playlist or remove it from the current one (i.e. make exceptions to the rules, which can also be edited in the corresponding search rule)
● Load all songs with the same genre, artist, year, etc. as the selected song

What’s New

Version v13.2.1

Some (potential) bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

maffy66 ,

Simply the Best

I have been using the App Store since it debuted, and this is the first time I have ever written a review. That is because this app is so good and so unsung that I want to do what I can to help the developer have more success. There is no other playlist tool available for the iPhone that is this powerful, this full featured, and this customizable. On top of that, the price is more than fair and there is no subscription, which is increasingly rare. The one thing I found lacking in Smartplaylist was the ability to save a smartplaylist as a playlist in the Music app. And now the developer has added that feature. He could not be making much money from this, yet he keeps improving it anyway. If there were a way to offer cash tips through the App Store, I would do so in a heartbeat.

Srini Iyer ,

Nothing More Powerful than this app

November 2018: I am wondering where did my older review has gone. Anyway, there is nothing more powerful than this app to find music from your library, and ability to sort by multiple parameters. Of course, this has a bit of learning curve, but if you are passionate about rating and finding music other than just by artist/album etc. in completely customized way that suits your mood and desire, this is perhaps the only app. I am surprised that almost all music playing app still rely on static playlist, while this app produces dynamic playlist on the fly unlike any other.

Enjoy! But learn first how to use it.

XSteveC ,

Powerful tool for weighted playlists

I’ve been using this powerful app for years to build weighted playlists of my music, i.e. lists that “shuffle” in higher rated songs more often than lower rated ones. (This cannot be done with iTunes smart playlists because Apple Music does not support live updating of any but the simplest smart playlists—lame.)

Like any powerful tool, there’s a learning curve but it’s well worth the invested time. The developer has been very responsive.

Great app. Highly recommended.

App Privacy

The developer, daenu, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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