How to Play Windows Media Player 11 Playlists From a USB Drive on an Xbox 360

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How to Play Windows Media Player 11 Playlists From a USB Drive on an Xbox 360
A USB drive allows you to play your favourite playlists on your Xbox 360. (usb drive, isolated image by Oleg Verbitsky from

The Xbox 360 video game system, developed by Microsoft, allows you to play music files from any attached hard drive device. Typically, in order to create and save playlists on your Xbox 360 system, you would have to copy all desired music files from your computer to the Xbox 360's main hard drive device (HDD). Instead, copy your music and playlists to a portable USB hard drive device, giving you a portable solution to your Xbox 360 music needs.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Plug your USB hard drive into an available USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Open Window Media Player 11. Choose the playlist you wish to copy from the "Playlist" menu on the left-hand side of your screen.

  3. 3

    Click on the "File" menu button located in the task bar, then choose "Save As."

  4. 4

    Change the destination in the drop-down box to your USB hard drive device, then click "Save." This will cause the playlist to save on your USB hard drive device.

  5. 5

    Unplug your USB hard drive from your computer and plug it into an available USB slot on your Xbox 360.

  6. 6

    Select the "My Music" submenu located in the "My Xbox" section of the Xbox "Dashboard."

  7. 7

    Choose the USB hard drive device from the list.

  8. 8

    Choose to filter music by "Playlist" and select the desired playlist you would like to play. This will cause the Xbox 360 to play the playlist from the USB drive.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure you have enough memory available on your USB hard drive before you copy the playlists to it.

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