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Chapter 10. Windows Media Player > Working with Playlists

Working with Playlists

A playlist is a list of media files that you want to watch or listen to. Media Player generates a temporary playlist automatically when you play a CD (refer to Figure 10.7), but you also can create your own playlists that group any mix of songs and videos in the order in which you want them to be played. You can create a playlist that includes several tracks from various CDs, a radio-station link, and a video clip, for example. Classical-music fans use playlists to compare the same piece performed by different artists. You also can use playlists to burn your own CDs or copy files to portable music players.

To create a playlist

1.
Choose File > New Now Playing List.

2.
In the List pane, choose Now Playing List > New List > Playlist (Figure 10.25).

Figure 10.25. The playlists that you create appear in the My Playlists category in the Contents pane.


3.
Drag items from the Contents or Details pane in your library to the List pane to add them to the new playlist.

4.
In the List pane, choose New Playlist > Save Playlist As.

5.
In the Save As dialog box, type the playlist name in the File Name text box (Figure 10.26).

Figure 10.26. By default, playlists are saved as .wpl files in the My Playlists folder (usually located in your My Music folder). You also can save playlists with the .m3u, .asx, .wax, or .wvx extension.


6.
Click Save.

The new playlist is added to the My Playlists category in the Contents pane.


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