Originally posted by BuonRotto
Well, you can't just delete songs from smart playlists for one. Also, you can choose to manage your iPod's songs manually, or simply select which playlists to sync, so you're not stuck with checking and unchecking songs.
I uncheck all my audiobook and spoken word tracks because I don't want them playing in the middle of a workout or showing up in some playlists like my top rated or most played. Unchecking them keeps them out of those smart playlists, and I can listen to them when I specifically select them. If I could describe exceptions to the smart playlists rules (include this but not that), then I wouldn't have to do this, but in the meantime this approach works.
make a workout playlist (and obviously dont include spoken content or whatever). this is what i was talking about earlier. if you dont want to add songs individually, make a smart playlist that says (for example):
match ANY of the following criteria:
genre is: rock
genre is: alternative
playlist is: upbeat songs
and there you have it. all your faster music and no spoken words. if you have a small pod and cant sync up everything, go into itunes>prefs>ipod, and select only your workout playlsit and maybe one other. then you dont have to go through and uncheck lots of stuff.