I get lots of questions about playlists: how to create them, how to work with them, and how to organize them. In this week’s column, I look at several questions related to playlists, and I also tackle a bonus question about syncing music to an iPod shuffle.
Q: I listen to a lot of electronic music, and have various DJ sets and albums on my iPod, but I’d like to simplify the way they’re organized. For example, I have four Dave Seaman mix albums, and each album contains around 30 tracks, but at the moment they are all in the playlist “dave seaman.” Can I have a “dave seaman” playlist, and then within that playlist have the albums in separate lists so that I don’t have to scroll through 90-odd tracks to find the album I want to play?
Yes, you can do this with a playlist folder, which is similar to a folder in the Finder, in that it can contain other playlists and subfolders.
In iTunes, choose File > New > Playlist Folder. This adds an empty folder called untitled folder. You can double-click that default name and give the folder a better name. When you click this folder, it looks like a playlist but it’s not.