Apple doesn’t give details to most iPod software updates, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that any music I added after applying the recent 1.3 update to my 5G iPod had Album Ratings – my smart playlists based on album ratings now work when manually managed.
So how do you get album ratings for all your pre-1.3 music onto your automatically synced iPod? Restore. Your music will then be copied to the iPod, including Album Ratings.
I’m glad this finally got implemented, but it’s also one of those things that should have been available right when iTunes offered album ratings.