iTunes 12 applies to 'manual' random Album Ratings


iTunes 12.3 (and previous iterations of iTunes 12) have been adding random and unwanted starry black 'manual' (as opposed to "supposed" Star gray) Notes of album for some time now. It is possible to remove the manual side on a per album basis - of-, it is a non-stop clear and lengthy process to keep my carefully organized library as it should. To say that this issue is infuriating is a statement under.

Has anyone found practical work around this? There may be a third script that can isolate the 'manual' sides to facilitate the management of this issue? (There is no way I can find to create a smart playlist based on the sides of the album that shows only the sides of "manual" Black Star). Someone understands the cause and Apple are working on a solution to this bug?

I'm under El Capitan 10.11.3 on a MBP of 2015. I am registered for the Apple's music but do not use iCloud music library.

Thanks for any advice.


I posted this same question here several weeks ago and received no response.  It is aggravating and disappointing that it was not resolved in the most recent update of iTunes.  It really becomes a problem when you have focused on the coast smart playlists that end up choosing songs that do not have ANY mark, other than a note of automatic calculation which came from a 'manual' (i.e. the Black Star) qualification "Album" that I've not defined.

I don't have a solution, but I can offer some clues as to when this happens to me.  If I change the rating to a song on my iPhone, and then re - sync to iTunes which is usually when the album solid-star side is applied.  So I set up a smart playlist for recent games, with it, showing the work out of the left side (which shows the Album of note in a place where you can easily change it to null so that it goes back to a "calculated" Grey Album of note).  It is always a concern, however, and I wish that apple could fix.  I submitted your comments before, time to do it again because it does not solve the recent update:

In my view, there are scripts that can reset Album of note, but I'm not too keen on trying them on my well managed library.

Oh and since you seem to be meticulous in your library, as I am, check your smart playlists to see if they are updated in iTunes.  Mine suddenly stopped update with 12.3.3, except if I'm going in and edit playlist and change it then went back to what it was.

Smart playlists are not updated to Live

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