The smart playlists in Amarok are quite complete. So 1-2 is yes.
3 is yes I think. Amarok is a playlist-based player, not a collection based player. So what you want to do is trivial.
Thanks for the reply. Two last questions (I hope): 1) Can I set Amarok to exclude a genre (example: Christmas) until I wish to include that genre? 2) LMDE's repository includes the 2.6 Beta 1. Should I download this or go elsewhere for a later release? Also does the Amarok wiki's info applicable to the 2.6Beta1 release?
Thanks, Tlcmd (aka Dick)