An auto playlist in Windows Media Player is a type of playlist that automatically changes according to criteria you've specified. It also updates itself each time you open it. For example, if there is a certain artist you like to listen to, you can create an auto playlist that will automatically add new music by that artist when it appears in the Player Library. You can use auto playlists to play different combinations of music in your Player Library, burn grouped items to a CD, or sync to a portable device. You can create your own auto playlists, as well as regular playlists, in the Player Library.
For more information about regular playlists, see Create or change a regular playlist in Windows Media Player.
Auto playlists provide lots of flexibility to help you find, organize, and play just the music that you want to listen to, according to criteria you set.
In the Auto Playlist name box, type a name for the playlist.
Select the criteria that you want to use for the auto playlist. The following steps illustrate how you would set up an auto playlist that contains songs that you have rated with 4 or 5 stars:
In the criteria list, verify that Music in my library is displayed.
Click Click here to add criteria, and then click My Rating.
The Player automatically adds Is At Least 4 Stars. When you play this playlist, any music that you have rated to be 4 stars or higher will be included in the playlist.
To remove an item in the criteria list, click it, click the Remove button, and then click OK.
Click the Playlists view in the navigation pane.
The contents of an auto playlist are updated every time you open the auto playlist. If you want to preserve the current set of contents in an auto playlist, you can save a copy of the auto playlist.
In the navigation pane, click the Playlists view.
If the Play tab in the list pane is not open, click the Play tab. If there are already items in the list pane, you can remove them by clicking Clear list.
In the list pane, click Save list, type a name for the playlist, and then press Enter.