iTunes for Mac: Create a playlist

Create a playlist

You might want to create playlists to suit specific moods, to organize songs with a certain theme, or to group songs you want to burn to a CD.

Playlists you create have this icon Icon of a musical note and a list next to them.

Create a playlist

  1. Choose File > New > Playlist.

  2. Type a name for the playlist.

  3. Click Edit Playlist.

  4. To add items, drag them to the playlist on the right.

  5. When you’re finished adding items, click Done.

Edit a playlist

Select the playlist and do any of the following:

  • Add items: Click Edit Playlist, drag items to the playlist on the right, then click Done.

  • Change the order of songs: Drag the songs into the order you want. If you can’t drag a song, click the column heading above the numbers.

  • Remove an item: Select the item and press the Delete key (this does not remove the item from your library or storage device).

Quickly add an item to a playlist

Do one of the following:

  • From anywhere in your iTunes library, drag an item to a playlist in the sidebar on the left.

    An album being dragged to a playlist. The playlist is highlighted by a blue rectangle.
  • Control-click an item, choose Add to Playlist, then choose a playlist.

  • Select an item, then tap the Add To Playlist button N/A in the Touch Bar.

You can also create a Smart Playlist that updates automatically based on rules you choose, or a Genius playlist that includes music in your library that’s similar to the selected song.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017
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