How to Restore the Recently Added Folder in iTunes

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Smart playlists that come with your iTunes program, including Recently Added and My Top Rated, are easily restorable by recreating the playlist's rules. Unlike regular playlists, smart playlists are updated automatically based on the rules applied to the playlist.

The Recently Added playlist stores music added within the last two weeks and excludes podcasts. The Recently Added option is found in the rules list when creating a smart playlist, according to Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes, authors of "iPod & iTunes For Dummies."

Double-click the iPod icon on your PC's desktop or click the start menu button and select "All Programs" from the pop-up menu, followed by clicking "ITunes." On a Macintosh computer, click the iTunes icon on your Macintosh's dock. The iTunes icon is a musical note placed over a CD.

Click "File" in the upper left-hand corner of the iTunes menu and then click "New Smart Playlist" from the drop-down menu.

Click the "Artist" drop-down menu and select "Date Added." Click the menu to the right of "Date Added" and select "is in the last" from the menu. Enter "2" as the time frame, click the drop-down menu next to the time frame field and select "weeks."

Click the "+" button to add an additional rule and click the drop-down menu underneath "Date Added." Select "Media Kind" from the menu and then click the menu to the right of it. Select "is not" and then click the drop-down menu to the right of it.

Select "Podcast" to exclude podcasts from your recently added playlist and uncheck the box next to "Limit to 25 items." Make sure the check box next to "Live updating" is selected and click the "OK" button in the New Smart Playlist window to save the playlist.

Type "Recently Added" in the new playlist's field to name it and press "Enter" or "Return" to save the changes.