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Create Playlists in Windows 8 Xbox Music App

Xbox Music is a new music app in Windows 8 that runs in the Modern (Metro UI). One of the most important features of any music player is the ability to create playlists. Here’s how to set them up for your local music collection.

From the Windows 8 Start screen launch Xbox music.

Launch Music

Scroll to the left and select My Music.

my Music

Next click Playlists from the My Music menu.


Now select New Playlist, type in a name for it and click Save. From here you can create as many playlists you want.

New Playlist

From your music library, right click an album or individual song. From the menu that pops up from the bottom of the screen select Add to Playlist.

Add to Playlist

After you’ve created several playlists, they’ll pop up and you can select which one to add songs to, or create another new playlist.

Select Playlist

When you select a Playlist, you can play specific songs from it or removes a track from the playlist.

Play or Remove from Playlist

On the Xbox Music UI under My Music you’ll see a couple of the most recently played Playlists for easy access.

Playlist displayed on Xbox Music

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6 Responses to Create Playlists in Windows 8 Xbox Music App

  1. Brian Burgess September 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Man, I just pulled the trigger on Xbox Music Pass — formerly called Zune and have been very impressed with its integration with Xbox 360 and Xbox SmartGlass on Windows 8…a lot of fun to use.

  2. TweetsOfSumit November 7, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    i got xbox music subscription and windows 8. I love how its integrated with xbox and windows phone but the music app itself is trash. It needs a lot of work.
    It is waaayyyy to hard to create playlists from files from your computer. Also to search i always have to open the charms and everything. Sucks!

  3. Hiran Perera January 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    how do you copy playlists from your wp8 device to xbox music? not just the songs, but the playlist itself?

  4. Teresa September 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I have a Windows 8 machine and a Nokia Lumia phone. How do I transfer xbox music playlists to my phone without having the Music Pass (paying to have playlists)?

    It’s frustrating!!

    • Blake December 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      ^ Yes! This!

      I am having the same issue. How can I get my playlists, which Win8’s Music app imported from my iTunes library, to my Lumia 920? The desktop sync app does not seem to be able to locate the playlist files. I search in every directory I can, but no luck.

  5. Alan Riedel February 26, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    The windows 8 phone app sucks for creating playlists. All you can do is add a whole album to a playlist, not an individual song.

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