For more than a year it’s been bugging me that iTunes “sometimes” would auto-rate played tracks. It happened on some albums, yet not all albums. Back in May 2018 I posted this video on YouTube showing the behaviour:
As you can see iTunes here automatically rates “En Masse” (track 10) from the moment it starts playing.
Back then I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, yet today I found out when this behaviour occurs: it happens when you’ve rated the album itself. For whatever reason iTunes copies over the album rating onto each track when you start playing it.
I don’t like this behaviour, as it’s unwanted: an album can be 5 stars, yet that does not mean all individual tracks on it are 5 stars.
(*) For the “Nachtlicht” album (from the second video) I’d make an exception though … it’s an exceptionally great album by Eefje de Visser and would highly recommend it to all who speak Belgian/Dutch!
So, Apple, can you fix this?