How to Create a Playlist Using Winamp

Be your own DJ in Winamp

If you use Winamp to playback your music files, then you can make your life so much easier by creating playlists. By organizing your music library into playlists, you can playback your compilations without the need to manually queue them up every time you run Winamp. You can also make music compilations to suite different musical moods, and burn them to CD, or transfer to MP3/media player.

Create a Playlist in Winamp

Winamp has long been a popular music player on Windows, and for good reason. Winamp is simple. It's a no-nonsense player that lets you get right into your music without a lot of fuss or configuration. Making a playlist is no different.

  1. Select the Media Library tab if it isn't already selected (situated underneath the player controls on the left side of the screen).

    The Media Library tab in Winamp
  2. In the left pane, right-click on Playlists, and select New Playlists from the pop-up menu that appears.

    The New Playlist command in Winamp
  3. Type in a name for your playlist and press OK, or press the [Enter] key.

    The New Playlist window in Winamp
  4. Double-click Local Media in the left pane if not already expanded, and select Audio to see your music library contents. If you haven't added any media to your Winamp library yet, choosethe File tab at the top of the screen, and select Add Media to Library.

    The "Add Media to Library" command in Winamp
  5. To add files to your new playlist, you can either drag and drop entire albums or single files from your library list at the bottom of your screen to the name of your playlist in the left pane.

    Dragging a song from the media window to a playlist in Winamp
  6. Once you are happy with your playlist, you can start to use it straight away by selecting it and pressing Play on Winamp's player controls.

You can also save the playlist to a folder on your hard drive by choosing the File tab at the top of the screen and selecting Save Playlist.

The Play button in Winamp