An auto playlist is perfect for when you want to play songs that are similar to each other, whether in the same genre, from the same era, by the same artist, or that match other criteria you've specified in Windows Media Player. Auto playlists change automatically based on the criteria you specify, so if your goal is to create a playlist with dozens or even hundreds of songs, creating an auto playlist instead of a regular playlist will save you a lot of clicking and dragging. And auto playlists are a big improvement over shuffling through your entire library because you won’t have to worry about what song might play next—like your 4-year-old’s music at a party for grownups or out-of-season holiday music.
Use auto playlists for any occasion when you want to play music nonstop for a good length of time.
Party mixes. Sort songs by genre, artist, rating, or other criteria to keep the music going all night long (or at least until you want everyone to go home).
Favorite songs. Love to listen to certain songs over and over? You can create auto playlists of your most frequently listened-to and highest-rated music.
Greatest hits. Use artist, year, rating, or other criteria to build the ultimate playlist for your favorite band, genre, or era.
Before you create an auto playlist, make sure that the media information (which includes such information as genre and artist name) for the songs in your Windows Media Player library is accurate. Windows Media Player uses the media information in each song to determine which ones to add to your auto playlists. If the media information is incorrect, your auto playlists might not include the songs you’d expect. To learn more about editing media information, see Add or edit media information in Windows Media Player.
To find out more about creating auto playlists, see Create or change an auto playlist in Windows Media Player.