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Create Playlists on Your iPad

Playlists on your iPad let you organize songs around a particular theme or mood: operatic arias, romantic ballads, British invasion — whatever. Although it may be easier to create playlists in iTunes on your computer, your iPad makes it relatively easy to create (and listen to) playlists:

  • To create a playlist on your iPad, tap the Playlists tab at the bottom of the screen and then tap the New button in the upper-right corner of the screen. You’re asked to name your playlist. Do so and then tap Save.

    After you do this, you see a list of the songs on your iPad in alphabetical order. Tap the ones you want to have in this playlist or tap the Add All Songs button to add them all. Songs you add turn gray, as shown in this figure.

    After you’ve tapped every song you want in the list, tap the Done button in the upper right.

    You can select tracks for your playlist from the Artists, Albums, Genres, or More (Composers, Audiobooks, or Podcasts) tab by tapping the appropriate tab at the bottom of the screen.

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  • To listen to a playlist, tap its name in your library, and you see a list of the songs it contains. If the list is longer than one screen, flick upward to scroll down. Tap a song in the list, and the song plays.

    When that song is over or you tap the Next Song button, the next song in the playlist plays. This continues until the last song in the playlist has played, at which point your iPad shuts up.

    Although you can’t create Smart Playlists on your iPad, they totally rock. A Smart Playlist is a special playlist that selects tracks based on criteria you specify, such as Artist Name, Date Added, Rating, Genre, Year, and many others. Fire up iTunes on your computer and choose File→New Smart Playlist to get started.

And that’s all there is to selecting, creating, and playing songs in a playlist.

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