Creating Standard Playlists

In this lesson for iTunes on the Mac, we are going to take a look at how we create a standard playlist. A standard playlist is when we manually add our media, such as songs, to a playlist.

Where Playlists are Located
Any playlists we create, including standard playlists like what we are looking at in this lesson, are located in your sidebar below your iTunes library. You can go to the right of the Playlist heading. When you move your cursor there, you will see an option to hide or show your playlists. Make sure it says show when you create a playlist, so you have easy access to it.

Creating a Playlist
To create a playlist, you go up to File in the menu bar. You will see New. When you move your cursor over New, a submenu will show, from there you want to select Playlist. From there iTunes will create a blank playlist.

If you have any media selected before you go to the menu bar, you will also have the option to create a playlist from whatever you have selected. When you use this option, the media you have selected will be included in that new playlist.

Once you create a playlist, you can rename it. To rename it, just click twice on the name in the sidebar. When you do this, you’ll be able to change the name. You want to make sure you do not click too fast, as in a double-click. If you do this, the playlist will play. Just click twice on it, and then you can rename it.

Adding Media to an Existing Playlist
There are a few ways to add media to a playlist. One way is to click on the ellipsis or three dots next to the media you want to select. This could be an album, a song, or even a podcast. Playlists are not exclusive to music. Once you click on the three dots, you’ll have an option in the drop-down menu to add whatever you have selected to a playlist. You can create a new playlist based on your selection or select one of your other playlists.

You can also drag and drop media to playlists. Just select what you want and drag it to the playlist you want it in.

See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

Lesson tags: Mac Tutorials
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