Create or change an auto playlist in Windows Media Player


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.

Watch this video to learn how to create or change an auto playlist in Windows Media Player (1:45)
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To create an auto playlist

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.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the Player Library, click the arrow Picture of the Create playlist arrow  to the right of Create playlist, and then click Create auto playlist.
  3. In the Auto Playlist name box, type a name for the playlist.

  4. 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.

  5. Click OK.

Note

  • To remove an item in the criteria list, click it, click the Remove button, and then click OK.

To edit an auto playlist

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. Click the Playlists view in the navigation pane.

  3. In the details pane, right-click the auto playlist Picture of the auto playlist icon you want to edit, and then click Edit.

To save a copy of an auto playlist as a regular playlist

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.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. In the navigation pane, click the Playlists view.

  3. 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.

  4. In the details pane, right-click the auto playlist Picture of the auto playlist icon you want to save, point to Add to, and then click Play list.
  5. In the list pane, click Save list, type a name for the playlist, and then press Enter.