I just ran across a column title in iTunes that I was unaware of – Last Skipped. How does that work and what is it for?
Kirk Aplin

Last Skipped can be used in a couple of different ways. Within iTunes, Control-click on iTunes’ column header and choose Last Skipped in the contextual menu that appears. Click on that Last Skipped header to take a gander at the tunes you’ve skipped and the date and time you last skipped them. This hints that these tracks may be among those you don’t really care for, and are therefore candidates for culling.

Control-click on Last Skipped, choose Skips in the menu that appears, and then click on that Skips column, and you’ll see how many times you’ve skipped a particular track. This provides even more compelling data on which tracks you can delete without regret.

Last Skipped is also useful in smart playlists, and for the same reason. If you’ve skipped tracks lately, you may not want them loaded onto your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. For example, you might construct a smart playlist containing conditions that exclude skipped songs in a particular genre.


This example provides you with a smart playlist containing all jazz recordings (providing they’re all tagged with the Jazz genre) that haven’t been skipped in the last three months, and that haven’t been skipped three or more times. Because it’s a smart playlist with Live updating enabled, any tracks that are skipped in the future will be removed from the playlist.