How to Add Songs to an iPod Playlist

By Elise Wile

It can be disconcerting when you click on "Classical" in your iPod menu and are instead treated to rap or techno songs. The reverse is also true. You can keep this from happening by properly adding songs to your iPod playlist. You can also add songs to an iPod playlist that you didn't purchase from iTunes. It's a relatively simple process that ends with the same technique you'll use to add your existing iTunes songs to the playlists you have created.

Step 1

Open iTunes, and go to the File menu. Select "Add files to library." Browse through your hard drive and find the song you want to add to iTunes. Click "Open" on the menu, and iTunes will transfer the song to your iTunes library. You may get a message offering to convert the song to the format that works with iTunes. If so, click "OK." This will not change your original song. Apple reassures consumers that "In iTunes for Windows, you can convert your unprotected WMA files to AAC files without changing the original WMA file." Add entire folders of songs by choosing "Add folder to library" instead of "Add file to library." The rest of the procedure is the same.

Step 2

Go to the iTunes library, and locate the song you want by clicking on the album, artist or genre that the song can be found in. This will open a playlist from which you can transfer the song to a playlist that you have created.

Step 3

Create your own playlist by going to the File menu and selecting "New Playlist." You will be able to type the name of your playlist. You can name it after a genre, a decade or whatever will remind you which songs are in that particular playlist.

Step 4

Add the song to the new playlist by left-clicking on the song and dragging it to the new playlist. Repeat as necessary, adding new playlists as the need arises.

Tips & Warnings

  • Double-check your playlist when you are finished adding songs, as it is easy to accidentally drag a song to the playlist located above or below the one you are adding songs to.