How to Create a Playlist

Would you like to create a playlist with your favorite songs in iTunes or Windows Media Player but, not being particularly tech-savvy, you don't know how to proceed? Would you like to create a collaborative playlist in Spotify, to share and edit with your friends, but you don't know how to do it? Don't worry, I'm here to help you if you want.

If you give me five minutes of your time, I can explain how to create a playlist using all the most popular music streaming software and services currently, from iTunes to Windows Media Player, from Spotify to Apple Music; without forgetting YouTube, which with the millions of music videos it hosts is the favorite "jukebox" of many users around the world, maybe even yours.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to start? If your answer is yes, make yourself comfortable, read the instructions I am about to give you and immediately put them into practice to create playlists to use for your personal enjoyment or to share with your friends, both from PC and from smartphones and tablets. . I bet you will be surprised how easily you can do everything!

How to Create a Playlist in ITunes

Purposes iTunes as the default software for managing your music library and want to learn how to create playlists within it? Then don't waste any more time and take action now!

For create a playlist in iTunes, all you have to do is start the program and access its music library by selecting the item Music from the drop-down menu located at the top left. Then click on the item Fillet present at the top left and select the option New playlist give the menu check if you press.

At this point, type the title you want to assign to your playlist in the iTunes sidebar, press Submit on your computer keyboard and that's it!

Now you just have to select the songs of your interest from the iTunes library (to select multiple songs at the same time, use the combination Ctrl + click on Windows or combination cmd + click on macOS) and add them to the playlist you created earlier. You have two ways to do this.

  • Right click on any of the selected brai and choose the items Add to playlist> [Name of your playlist] give the menu check if you press.
  • Drag the songs with the mouse on the playlist title present in the iTunes sidebar.

If the songs you want to add to the playlist are not yet in your iTunes library, select them from theFile Explorer (Windows) o dal Finder (macOS) and drag them into the program window.

Subsequently, you can customize the playlists simply by selecting them from the iTunes sidebar and moving the songs contained within them with the mouse or, if you want to delete some songs, by right clicking on it and selecting the item Remove from playlist give the menu check if you press.

Please note: playlists created in iTunes can be automatically synchronized with iPhone, iPad and iPod using the functions that I showed you in my tutorial on how to sync iPhone with iTunes.

How to Create a Playlist in Windows Media Player

If you use a Windows PC and have decided to entrust the management of your music library to Windows Media Player, know that you can create playlists within this program in a very simple way: all you have to do is select the item Music from the left sidebar (in order to access the software's music library) and activate the tab Play that you find at the top right.

At this point, select the songs you want to add to your playlist (to select multiple songs at the same time, use the combination Ctrl + click) and use the mouse to drag them to the right sidebar. When completed, click on the item List not saved (still in the right sidebar), type the title you want to assign to the playlist and press the button Submit on the PC keyboard to save the playlist in Windows Media Player.

From now on, you will find your playlist in the left sidebar of Windows Media Player and by selecting it you can both listen to it and edit it. To modify the playlist by rearranging the songs inside it, simply use the mouse (you can move the songs up or down as you prefer), while to delete a song right click on it and select the item Remove from list give the menu check if you press.

Please note: if the songs you want to add to the playlist are not yet included in the Windows Media Player library, open theFile Explorer, select and drag them to the program window.

Come Create a Playlist on Spotify

Do you want creare una playlist in Spotify to share it with your friends and with all the users of the famous music streaming service? Nothing could be easier: if you are using Spotify from your computer, click on the item New playlist located at the bottom of the left sidebar and fill out the form that is proposed to you with all the required information.

Then type the name you want to assign to the playlist in the appropriate text field, write a quick one Description of the latter in the largest box, set acover image clicking on the appropriate button located on the left and presses on Crea to complete the operation.

At this point you have to make sure that the playlist created is public (therefore also traceable by other users of the service). How? By right-clicking on its name in the Spotify sidebar and checking the list of available options in the menu that opens: if among the available options there is also Make it secret, it means that the playlist is already public. If not, click on the entry Make it public and the playlist, from private, will become public.

If, on the other hand, you want to turn a public playlist into a private one, right-click on its title in the Spotify sidebar and select the item Make it secret from the menu that opens. This way, the playlist will only be accessible to you and to users to whom you will provide a direct link to view it.

If you want, you can make a Spotify playlist public too collaborative: this way, your friends can freely edit it and add or remove songs from it. To make a Spotify playlist collaborative, select it from the program's sidebar, press the button (...) present in the screen that opens and select the item Collaborative playlist give the menu check if you press.

Then press the button for the second time (...) e seleciona le voci Share> Copy playlist link from the menu that opens: in this way you will get the link to share with your friends to allow them to edit the playlist.

Regardless of the type of playlist created (private, public and / or collaborative), you can add new songs to it simply by finding the songs of your interest on Spotify, by clicking on the button (...) you find in front of their titles and selecting the items Add to playlist> [Name of your playlist] give the menu check if you press.

If you prefer, instead of pressing the button (...), you can also right-click on the title of the song to add to the playlist: the same menu will open.

Once you have created a playlist in Spotify, you can modify its contents - reorder or delete the songs contained in it - simply by selecting it from the program sidebar and acting as you prefer: to change the order of the songs, just use the mouse and move the song titles; to delete them, instead, you need to right click on them and select the item Remove from this playlist give the menu check if you press.

Please note: if you want, you can change the default privacy setting for Spotify playlists - then choose whether the new playlists created in the application should be public or private - by going to the menu Edit> Preferences (your Windows) or Spotify Preferences (on Mac) and activating or deactivating the switch for the option Automatically make new playlists public.

On smartphones and tablets, the procedure to follow to create a playlist in Spotify is slightly different.

  • If you are using an Android device, launch the Spotify app, select the tab The library which is at the bottom right and go up playlist. Then press the icon (+)? located at the top right, type the name of the playlist you want to create in the box that opens and presses the button Crea to complete the operation.
  • If you are using an iPhone or iPad, launch the Spotify app, select the tab The library which is at the bottom right and go up playlist. Then presses on the voice Modification located at the top right, press the button Crea that appears at the top left and type the name you want to assign to your playlist in the box that appears on the screen. Finally, press the button Crea And that's it.

The procedure for setting the privacy level of playlists (public, collaborative or secret) varies slightly depending on the operating system used.

  • If you are using an Android device, select the tab The library which is at the bottom right and go up playlist. Then tap the ⋮ button located next to the title of the playlist of your interest and select one of the available items in the screen that opens: Make it public, Make it secret o Make it collaborative. In the same menu you can also find the option for share the playlist link.
  • If you are using an iPhone or iPad, select the tab The library which is at the bottom right and go up playlist. Then select the playlist to edit, press the button (...) on the page that opens and select one of the items available in the screen that opens: Make it public, Make it secret o Make it collaborative. In the same menu you can also find the option for share the playlist link.

As for adding new songs to a playlist, the procedure to follow is practically identical to that seen for the desktop version of Spotify: all you have to do is find the song of your interest, press the button (...) or on the button ⋮ located next to its title, select the item Add to playlist from the menu that opens and choose the name of the your playlist from the next screen.

If you need more information on how Spotify works both in the desktop and in the mobile environment, consult my guide dedicated to the service.

How to Make a Playlist on Apple Music

You have signed up for a subscription to Apple Music and want to know how to make a playlist on this music streaming service? Well, if you are acting as a computer, all you have to do is follow the directions I gave you earlier for iTunes.

On a computer, in fact, Apple Music works through iTunes and therefore the procedure for creating playlists is similar to the one I illustrated to you for local songs hosted on your computer: the only difference is that, having an active subscription to Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library service, you can create playlists with the songs present online on Apple's servers and find all your songs (even local ones) automatically synchronized on all devices, as long as they are connected to the same Apple ID used to subscribe to Apple Music.

Other benefits available to Apple Music subscribers are the ability to "subscribe" to playlists created by the service staff of share your playlists with other users.

To subscribe to an Apple Music playlist and add it to your library, select it in the tab Discover o For you iTunes and presses the button (+ Add) present at the top right of the window that opens. You will find the playlist selected in the iTunes sidebar, under the heading Playlist di Apple Music.

If, on the other hand, you want to share a playlist you have created with other Apple Music users, select it from the iTunes library, press the button (...) located at the top right and select the items Share Playlist> Copy Link give the menu check if you press.

Another function that might interest you is the one that allows you to share a playlist with all Apple Music users: to use it, put the check mark next to the item Post on profile and in search.

In the mobile environment, Apple Music is accessible directly from theiOS Music app and from the Apple Music app for Android. In both cases, creating a playlist requires very few taps: all you have to do is go to the section library of the app (which on iOS is accessible through the appropriate tab located in the lower left corner, while on Android it is in the menu ☰ located at the top left), select the item relating to playlist and press the button for create a new playlist.

In the screen that opens, type the name you want to assign to the playlist in the appropriate text field, type a Description of the latter in the space that is further down and choose whether to add acover image e / o if show playlist in profile and in "Search" (so whether to make it public) using the appropriate options.

Finally, tap on the item Add music to start adding songs to the playlist and, when the work is completed, press the button end (top right) to save everything.

Subsequently, you can add new songs to your playlist simply by identifying the songs of your interest in Apple Music, making a long tap on them (or a firm press, if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch support), selecting the item Add to a playlist from the menu that opens and choosing the playlist in which to insert them.

If you need more information on How Apple Music works from computers, smartphones and tablets, consult my guide dedicated to the service.

How to Create a Playlist on YouTube

Do you want create a playlist on YouTube where to put all your favorite music videos? Nothing could be easier: open the first video you want to add to the playlist, click on the button ☰+ which is located under the YouTube player and select the item Create new playlist give the menu to compare.

At this point, type the name you want to assign to your playlist in the appropriate text field, choose the level of privacy you want to use for the latter (public if you want to make it traceable by anyone, not listed if you want to reserve the possibility to share with other users by providing them with a specific link, or private if you want to keep the playlist private) and click on the button Crea to confirm its creation.

From now on, you can add new videos to your playlist by simply playing them on YouTube by clicking on the button ☰+ located under the player and selecting the name of the playlist in question from the box that opens.

To change the order of the videos added to the playlist, proceed as follows: call up the YouTube side menu by clicking on the ☰ button located at the top left and click on the item Collection. On the page that opens, select the playlist you want to reorder and click on his title present next to the YouTube player. At this point, use your mouse to reorder the videos as you like and the changes will be automatically saved to YouTube.

To change other parameters of the playlist, such as the title or description, and quickly add more videos to it, click the button Modification which is next to your name (bottom left).

If you want to create a playlist in the YouTube app for smartphones and tablets (which is available for Android and iOS) you can follow the same instructions I gave you for the Web version of the service. To manage the already existing playlists, instead, go to the page Collection application.

For more info on how YouTube works, read my article dedicated exclusively to the well-known video portal.

How to Create an M3U Playlist

You need to create a playlist in M3U format but you don't know how to do it? Don't worry, below you will find all the information you need.

The playlists in M3U format are nothing more than text files containing the "coordinates" to listen to multiple pieces of music in sequence, so they can be used and created with many software, first of all the very popular iTunes e Windows Media Player: let's find out how.

iTunes

If you want to export a playlist in M3U format and use iTunes, select the playlist of your interest from the program's sidebar and go to the menu File> Library> Export Playlist which is located at the top.

In the window that opens, type the name you want to assign to the playlist in the field Save as, set the option M3U in the drop-down menu Format, choose the folder in which to save the file using the field located in e pulsing sul pulsating Save to start exporting the playlist.

If, after exporting, you notice that your playlist is empty or does not contain all the songs it should contain (you can check the contents of a playlist by opening its M3U file with any text editor, for example Block notes in Windows o TextEdit macOS), you probably exported a playlist containing songs that reside on the cloud (on the iCloud Music Library) and not on your computer. To fix this, open iTunes, right click on the title of the playlist you want to export (in the program sidebar), select the item Download from the menu that opens and, at the end of the download, repeat the operation to export the playlist as an M3U file.

As easily understood, the playlists containing songs downloaded from Apple Music will be usable only on computers connected to iCloud accounts with a subscription to the Apple music streaming service (and, of course, a music library structured in the same way as that of the computer from which the playlist comes from).

Windows Media Player

If you want to create a playlist in M3U format using Windows Media Player, select the voice playlist from the program sidebar and activate the tab Play which is located at the top right.

Then locate the playlist you want to export in M3U format (or create a new one by dragging the songs of your interest in the bar that appeared on the right), click on the icon List options (the window with the blue check marks inside, located at the top of the right sidebar) and select the item Save list as give the menu to compare.

In the window that opens, choose the folder to export the playlist to, select the option Playlist M3U (*.m3u) give menu to tendin Save eat, type the name you want to give the file in the field File name and click on the button Save to complete the operation.