New in this iTunes 7.6–to the best of my knowledge–is the ability to search for star ratings using the built-in search box.
Using it is about as simple as can be: click into the search box, and type one asterisk for each star value. To find all three-star-rated songs, you’d just enter ***, two stars would be two asterisks, etc. You can also combine asterisks and other values, so Beatles *** would find any music that contains the word Beatles and is rated at least three stars.
There are a couple caveats with this new feature, however. First, it will also find songs or artists with an asterisk in their name. So if your collection includes tunes by
For quick and simple searches, these caveats are probably fine. But if you’re really serious about star ratings, you should probably use Smart Playlists, as they let you use a song’s rating as one of the conditions, and the results won’t include band or song names that contain an asterisk.