Originally Posted by hazel2020
The play list idea isn't bad, but I listen to too many random songs at a time and it wouldnt be practical for me. Nobody knows a way to fix my problem?
Do you have the "Browser" enabled? (Edit -> Show Browser) It allows you to browse by Artist and Album (and Genre, if you have that enabled in Edit -> Preferences -> General), rather than simply scrolling up and down a list of hundreds or thousands of tracks (if I'm correct, you don't have the browser enabled). Note, I'm using iTunes 6, not iTunes 7, so I don't have either of the two new methods of browsing one's library (cover flow, I think, is one of these).
If you have the browsing view enabled on the classic library view (if you are using iTunes 7, I believe that it is the left-most of the three "View" buttons in the upper-right, beside the "Search" area), then do the following: you are, for instance, browsing to Radiohead -> Amnesiac while you are playing "Patriarch on a Vespa" in the Metric -> Live It Out folder, then when this song ends, the view will not jump back to the Metric -> Live it Out folder, but the music will simply end (as if you've come to the end of a playlist). To start another track, you will have to manually start a new song. This is the behaviour that I found annoying and that made me suggest that you use my so-called "Now Playing" playlist.
Note that in order to use the "Browsing" to its full strength, you will want to make sure that your meta-data is good -- at the very least, have Artist and Album info filled in for all of your music, and you will likely want to have "part of a compilation" (in the "Get Info" area -- Ctrl-I in Win, Command-I in OSX) for any appropriate CDs (like soundtracks, mixes, etc, that may have a bunch of different Artists, but are all really on the same CD), which will keep all of these songs in the Artist = Compilations group.