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How to Create On The Go Playlists

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On The Go Playlists let users create custom playlists on their iPods, rather than needing to create them in iTunes and then sync that playlist to their iPod. This is a neat feature if you’re away from your computer and want to DJ a party or just make a mix that suits your mood or locale.

To create an On The Go Playlist, you’ll need an iPod with a screen (sorry, Shuffle users) and a fourth-generation or newer iPod or an iPod Mini or nano.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating an On The Go Playlist on the iPod.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: As much time as you want

Here's How:

  1. Navigate through the iPod to the first song you want to add to your On The Go Playlist.

    When you have found your song, hold the iPod’s center button down until the blue bar on the song flashes. When the bar flashes, let go of the button. The song has been added to your new On The Go Playlist.

  2. To add more songs, just browse to them and hold down the center button again.

    To add a whole album to your playlist, go to an album title, but do not enter its listing of songs. When the blue bar is over the album title, hold down the center button until the bar flashes.

  3. To view the On The Go Playlist you’ve created, browse the iPod menus to the “Playlists” item and enter it. Scroll to the bottom of the list to the “On-The-Go” playlist and enter it.

    There you will see the songs you’ve added, listed in the order you added them.

  4. To save the playlist, scroll to the bottom of the list and choose “Save Playlist.” This will save the playlist in your “Playlists” menu as “New Playlist 1” (or 2 or 3, depending on the other playlists in the section).
  5. Once you’ve saved the playlist, the next time you sync your iPod with iTunes, it will be added to your computer. That’s where you can edit the playlist: give it a new name (double click the name of the new playlist to give it a new name), re-arrange the order of songs, or remove it from your iPod.
  6. If you haven’t saved the playlist, you can remove it from your iPod. To do this, browse through the iPod menus to the “Playlists” item and enter it. Scroll to the bottom to the “On-The-Go” playlist and enter it. There, choose the item labeled “Clear Playlist.” That will remove the On The Go Playlist from your iPod.
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