How to Use the iTunes DJ - dummies

By Tony Bove

iTunes DJ (formerly Party Shuffle) is a dynamic playlist that automatically generates a semi-random selection in a list that you can modify on the fly. With iTunes DJ, you might even find songs in your library that you forgot about or rarely play:

  1. Select iTunes DJ in the Playlists section of the Source pane.


    The iTunes DJ track list appears in place of the List pane, with the Source pop-up, Settings, and Refresh buttons at the bottom.

  2. Select a source from the Source pop-up menu below the track list.

    You can select Music to use the entire music portion of your library or select any playlist as the source for music (including a smart playlist). If you select a playlist, iTunes DJ limits its choices to songs from that playlist.

  3. Click the Settings button.


    The iTunes DJ Settings dialog box appears. From here, you can customize how your Party List works and how it’s displayed:

    • Select how many songs should remain in the Party Shuffle list after they’re played. You can drag already-played songs (even though they’re grayed out after playing) to a spot later in the list to play them again.

    • Select how many songs should be listed as upcoming (not yet played). By displaying upcoming songs first, you can decide whether to rearrange the list or delete songs from the Party Shuffle playlist before they’re played.

    • Select the Play Higher Rated Songs More Often check box if you want iTunes to add more high-rated songs to the random list.

    • Select the Allow Guests to Request Songs with Remote for iPhone or iPod Touch check box to let your guests have a say in the playlist.

      They can use Apple’s Remote app for the iPod touch or iPhone to connect to your iTunes library and request songs, which are added to the iTunes DJ playlist. You can enter a welcome message for your guests that appears in Remote, and if you also select the Enable Voting check box, your guests can use Remote to vote on songs — songs with more votes are automatically promoted to the top of the iTunes DJ list.

  4. When you have your settings the way you want them, click OK to close the Settings dialog.

  5. If you don’t like the order of songs in the playlist, rearrange them by dragging. If you dislike any songs, remove them by selecting and pressing Delete/Backspace.

  6. Play the iTunes DJ playlist by selecting the first song (or any song), and then clicking the Play button or pressing the spacebar.

    You can start playing the first song or any song on the list. (When you pick a song in the middle to start playing, the songs before it are grayed out to show that they won’t play.)

You can even add, delete, or rearrange songs, while iTunes DJ plays. You can also add one or more albums to the iTunes DJ track list by dragging the albums; the songs play in album order. You can also add all the songs by an artist by dragging the artist’s name.