How to create on-the-go playlists on the iPhone

Creating on-the-go playlists on my old 4G iPod was easy – just hold down the central button on song – and as with deleting podcasts, it took me a while to figure it out on the iPhone. As you’d expect, it’s actually pretty straightforward, and more powerful than before, as you can add and delete songs later on, plus change the ordering of tracks.

1. Load the iPod app, then go to Playlists.
2. Find ‘On-The-Go’ – slightly confusingly, it’s no alphabetised, it’s right at the top of the list.
3. You’re then in song picking mode, and although you’re initially presented with a massive A-Z list of all your iPhone’s tracks, you can use the filter buttons at the bottom to search by artist, album etc.
4. Find the song you want, hit the blue + next to it to add to the playlist.
5. Press Done at the top right when you’ve finished.

And that’s it, really. You can also go back to the playlist by selecting it on the list of playlists, and hitting the big grey edit button at the top. This will allow you to re-order tracks, delete (the red minus symbol next to each song), or add more with the + icon in the top left.

The only limitation I can see, compared to older iPods, is that you appear to be limited to just the one on-the-go playlist – you can’t keep on spawning new ones as you could previously.

Previously on the Wired Jester:
* How to delete podcasts on the iPhone

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