How to Create an Apple Music/iTunes Playlist Easily

By Adam Gorden Posted on June 28, 2023

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In most cases, we'll want to create new playlists to curate collections of songs for a different mood, occasion, or genre. This is where the ability to create a playlist become necessary on streaming music services, such as Apple Music.

By creating a playlist and add music songs, you can always ensure you're satisfied with your music streaming experience. Depending on the Apple Music platform you are using, we'd like to introduce how you can create a new playlist on Apple Music or iTunes. You may be interested in managing your playlists in a music folder, check another post:

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[2023 Guide] How to Make a Playlist Folder on Apple Music/iTunes

You'll learn how you can make a playlist folder to include your standard or smart playlists in iTunes or Music app. In addition to adding items to the folder, you can even change the items order in the folder and sync it to your iOS device.

Part 1. How to Create an Apple Music Playlist

Pick your device to create a standard playlist. If want to create a smart playlist, you'll learn how a smart playlist work and how to create it on the Apple Music platform.

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How to Make Apple Music Smart Playlist & Share with Friends

Don't know how to make a Apple Music smart playlist? Here's the tutorial. And if you want to share your smart playlist to your friends, make sure to check this out for the easiest way to make it happen.

For iPhone/iPad/Android phone:

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  1. On your smartphone or tablet, open the Apple Music app.
  2. Tap the Library tab at the bottom of the screen, select Playlists from the contents menu.
  3. Tap New Playlist located at the top of the Playlists section on iPhone and Android phone. On iPad, scroll to the bottom to find this option.
  4. Edit the Playlist Name, and feel free to add your playlist description. You're allowed to add any new music to this playlist there by selecting on Add Music and searching for the desired music. Tap the add button next to the title to add it to your playlist.
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  6. Tap Done or .
  7. Back to the Playlists section, you will be able to find and view the new and existing playlists.

For Mac/Windows:
  1. On your PC or Mac computer, open the iTunes app.
  2. Look for the Playlists section in the sidebar, and right-click on the blank area below it.
  3. From there you can choose to create an new playlist, smart playlist, or playlist folder in your music library. If you want to create a standard playlist, choose New Playlist.
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  5. Give your playlist a name. If you are creating a playlist with Music on Mac, you can also add description.
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Part 2. How to Add Music to Your Playlists on Apple Music/iTunes

You may want to know how you can add music to your new playlist so you can play, shuffle it on Apple Music. On smartphones and tablets, you can add music directly on an empty playlist by tapping on the Add Music button. Or you may want to find music that you want to add to your playlists from your existing playlists, your library, or Apple Music.

Adding music from an existing playlist

For iPhone/iPad/Android phone:

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  1. On your smartphone or tablet, open the Apple Music app > Library > Playlists, and select the playlist that you want to add songs to your new playlist.
  2. Tap on the vertical 3 dots icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Add to a Playlist from the context menu. This will open the Playlists section.
  4. Tap a playlist. If you choose New playlist, you will be able to create a playlist based on the songs of the selected playlist.
  5. Now all the songs will be added.

For Windows/Mac:
  1. On your computer, open the Music or iTunes app.
  2. Under the Playlists section, select an existing playlist.
  3. Now drag and drop music to a new playlist. You can press Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (macOS) to select multiple tracks, and drag and drop them to your playlist.

Adding music from your library/Apple Music

For iPhone/iPad/Android phone:

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  1. Open the Apple Music app.
  2. Go to Search.
  3. Tap the Search option, and search what you want to add to your playlist in your library or Apple Music.
  4. Select the music song, and tap on the Add to a Playlist.
  5. Select a playlist.

For Windows/Mac:
  1. Open the Apple Music or iTunes app.
  2. Click on the Search option in the sidebar in Music or upper-right corner in iTunes.
  3. Type what you want to add to your playlist in the Search field, and choose to search for the music in your library or Apple Music.
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  5. Look for the music song, and click on the Add button next to it.
  6. Select a playlist, and the music song will be added to it.

Part 3. How to Download Your Playlists off Apple Music/iTunes

You may know that any curated Apple Music playlist is protected by Apple's digital rights management. That means even you choose to download your playlists on Apple Music, you won't be able to transfer them to other platforms or devices for playing. To download your playlists off Apple Music, you have to use a tool called ViWizard Audio Converter.

ViWizard Audio Converter is designed for iTunes users to download all types of Apple Music contents into transferrable music files, including MP3, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAC, and FLAC. Besides playlists, you can also download songs, albums, artists, genres, podcasts and even audiobooks off iTunes directly to your computer. By downloading your favorite playlists to your devices, you get the ability to play them anytime, anywhere.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audio Converter

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  • Convert songs, albums, and playlists from Apple Music to MP3
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Step 1 Select iTunes playlists

Download and install the correct version of the ViWizard app to your computer and launch it. When prompted, grant to open the iTunes app. Now you can drag your playlists from iTunes and drop them to ViWizard. Or you can load your entire music library by clicking on the Add Music icon at the top of the window, and select and add your music there.

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Step 2 Adjust output format

After the playlists are added, click on the Format tab at the bottom left. Select the desired format, such as MP3. And click on the OK to save this change.

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Step 3 Download iTunes playlists

Back to the main interface of the ViWizard app, and click on the Convert button in the lower-right corner to start converting and downloading the music tracks in batch. Wait until the conversion to complete, and click on the Open button next to it. This will open the music folder that contains all the downloaded music.

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With the ability to create a playlist on Apple Music, you can always create a music library that reflects your individual taste and style. With ViWizard Audio Converter, you can download your entire music library with all your playlists offline.

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