How to Sequence Songs on an MP3 Player

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How to Sequence Songs on an MP3 Player
You can download songs in specific order onto an MP3 player. (MP3 Player with ear buds image by Sujit Mahapatra from Fotolia.com)

Many MP3 players don't come with a media management software program. Without a media management program, creating a playlist is not as straightforward. Windows users, however, can create playlists for their MP3 device using Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer. Many MP3 players are compatible with Windows Media Player including Sony Walkman, Creative Zen and SanDisk players. See the list in Resources to verify if your player is compatible. If not, you can place your songs in a specific order using Windows Explorer.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • USB cable

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Instructions

    Windows Media Player

  1. 1

    Power on the MP3 player and connect it to the computer using its USB cable. One end of the USB cable should be inserted into the MP3 player's USB port and the other end into the computer's USB port.

  2. 2

    Open Windows Media Player from the desktop Start menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Playlists" in the left pane of Windows Media Player. Then click "Create Playlists." A new list titled "Untitled Playlist" is added under "Playlists" in the left pane. Click within the name "Untitled Playlist" and enter a new name for the playlist.

  4. 4

    Click on the new playlist in the left pane.

  5. 5

    Drag music from your computer, and drop it into the right pane, where it says "Drag Items Here to Create Playlist."

  6. 6

    Move the songs up and down on your playlist in the right pane, using the mouse, to create the order that you want.

  7. 7

    Click the "Sync" tab in the right pane once the playlist is complete.

  8. 8

    Drag the playlist title from the left pane into the right pane where it says, "Drag Items Here to Create a Sync List."

  9. 9

    Click "Start Sync." Windows Media Player will download the music in the exact order that you specified.

    Windows Explorer

  1. 1

    Right click in an empty space on your Windows desktop and select "New" and "Folder." Rename the folder a name that represents the playlist.

  2. 2

    Drag all music that you want added to that playlist on your computer, and drop it into the new folder with your mouse.

  3. 3

    Right click on each music file and rename it. The new names should start with the number that represents the order that the song will be listed on the playlist. For example, if you want Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to be the first song, right click the title and select "Rename." Then enter the name as 01 Michael Jackson -- "Thriller." Do the same thing for the "02" song, and so on. The MP3 player will read the songs according to their numerical order.

  4. 4

    Connect the MP3 player to the computer using its USB cable. Then click on the desktop "Start" menu, and click on the "Computer" or "My Computer" folder. The connected MP3 player is listed as a removable disk drive inside the "Computer" folder. Double-click to open the MP3 player drive folder. There is most likely a "Music" folder inside of it.

  5. 5

    Drag the folder you created on the desktop, and drop it into the player's "Music" folder. When you start the player, the folder name will become the playlist and the content will play in numerical order.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unable to view your playlist on your MP3 player, it is possible that your player doesn't support playlists. If using Windows Explorer, drag each renamed song from the new folder you created on the desktop, and drop each song directly into the device's "Music" folder. The device should still read the songs in order, you just can't download the new folder to create additional playlists.

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