Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS 40 40 people found this article helpful How to Create a Playlist in iTunes Make a custom mix for yourself or a special occasion By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated December 10, 2019 Music For Your Life Music For Your Life Introduction Discover Great Music Services Best Music Storage Sites That Stream Apple Music Slacker Radio Create a Free Spotify Account iTunes and The iTunes Store Amazon Music Services Google Play Music What's That Song? Shazam A Song On Your Phone Websites That ID Unknown Songs Apps & Services That ID Unknown Songs Find Song Lyrics Find & Download Your Tunes Where to Get Free Music Downloads Legally 11 Free Music Apps Best Websites for Free Music 5 Of the Best Indie Music Sites Best Music Apps for Your iPad Free Music Apps for iPhone Offline Music Apps to Try 6 Music Apps for Android Rock Out In Your Car Listen to Music From A USB Flash Drive Rock Out To Pandora How to Get Free Music With SiriusXM How to Use Spotify's Car View Catch The Beat In Your Home Connect Alexa to Pandora Connect Alexa to Spotify How to Stream Music to HomePod Use Apple Music on Apple TV Use Bixby And Spotify Together Create Your Own Playlist Make Playlists on iPhone Make an iTunes Playlist Make a Spotify Playlist Make a YouTube Playlist Make an AncestryDNA Spotify Playlist Make a Playlist On Your iPad Tweet Share Email In the digital age, mixtapes and mixed CDs are the equivalents of a playlist, a custom-created and custom-ordered group of songs. Along with creating custom mixes, you can use iTunes playlists for many things, including burning CDs, syncing multiple iPods to the same computer, playing music on your iPhone, and much more. Instructions in this article apply to iTunes 12 and higher. How to Create an iTunes Playlist To create a playlist in iTunes: Open iTunes. Go to the File menu, select New, and choose Playlist. Or, press Command+N on a Mac or Ctrl+N on a Windows computer. The new playlist appears in the Music Playlists section and the default name of Playlist is highlighted. Enter a descriptive name for the playlist and press Enter. In the Library section, select a topic to return to the music library. To add a song to the new playlist, drag it from the library to the playlist you just created. Repeat this process to add more songs to your playlist. To add a group of songs, click the first song in the group, hold Shift (Mac and PC) and select the last song in the range. To add individual tracks, hold Command (Mac) or Ctrl (PC) and select each song you want to add. When the songs are added, select the playlist to see all the tracks. The top of the screen shows how many songs are in the playlist and the length. You can also add TV shows and podcasts to playlists. To reorder songs, drag the songs to a different location in the list. To listen to the playlist, double-click the first song, or select a song and click the Play button. To shuffle songs in a playlist, click the Shuffle button. If you want to take the playlist with you, you have a couple of options. To take it with you on your phone, sync the device with iTunes. You can also burn a CD if you want a physical copy. How to Delete an iTunes Playlist If you want to delete songs or an entire playlist in iTunes, have two options: Select the playlist to highlight it, then press the Delete key.Right-click the playlist and choose Delete from Library. Next, you'll confirm that you want to delete the playlist. Click the Delete button in the pop-up window and the playlist is removed. The songs that were part of the playlist are still in your iTunes library. Only the playlist is deleted, not the songs. Considerations for iTunes Playlists Because of the DRM used in some iTunes Store music, you can only burn seven copies of a single playlist with iTunes Store music in it to a CD. After you burn the seventh CD of that iTunes playlist, an error message appears with a notification that you reached the limit and can’t make more copies. The limit doesn't apply to playlists composed entirely of music that originated from outside the iTunes Store. To get around the limits on burning, add or remove songs. A change as small as one song resets the burn limit to zero, but you can't use the same playlist, even if the songs are in a different order or if you deleted the original and re-created it from scratch.