1. jwckauman's Avatar
    I noticed that the Windows Phone metro app can find playlists I created in Windows Media Player. So I created a test playlist in WMP. It had one track I rented from Zune, and one track I had ripped from a CD. I then launched the Windows Phone metro app in Windows 8.1 and told it I wanted to add a playlist to my phone. It gave me the opportunity to pick the folder that contained the WMP playlist. I selected the folder and it showed me the WMP playlist I just created. I clicked it and then clicked ADD. The two songs in my playlist were copied over to phone successfully. I unplugged the phone, launched XBOX music, and played both tracks successfully/quickly.

    The only thing that did not happen was that the playlist itself did not come over. It sync'd the songs, but not the playlist.

    Has this been other people's experience?
    01-20-2014 05:44 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Have you seen this thread? http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...ps-tricks.html
    Hopefully it will help with music management on your device.
    01-20-2014 09:29 PM
  3. cybersaurusrex's Avatar
    How to Install / Load / Upload Playlists to Windows Phone 8.1 using the Xbox Music app

    • Delete all playlists from the Xbox Music app manually on your PC/laptop
    • Delete all playlists from your Xbox Music internet account manually
    • Delete the Xbox Music app from Windows
    • Delete both the Windows Phone desktop and Metro apps from your PC
    • Go to your “Playlists” folder on your PC (which is your “Default Save Location” for your Music library in Windows Explorer)… and make sure that there are less than 100 playlists in that folder (because the Xbox Music app can only recognize 100 at a time—which is dumb)
    o You don’t need to delete the extra playlists, just move them to a separate folder (I called mine “Archived Playlists”) and make sure that it is NOT included in your Music library folder
    o Note: If you have multiple copies of the same playlist (.wmp, .zpl., .m3u) then you will only want to keep one of those in your Music library folder (I used all WMP playlists in this sample)
    • Once you have all your (100 or less) playlists chosen in your Music library folder, you should restart your computer

    • In the meantime, Restore/Reset your phone (erasing everything, including SD Card… especially if that’s where the music is)
    o Note: I’m not certain that you need to reset the entire phone, but this is just how I did it (to be on the safe side)
     Also, it should be pretty obvious that I am loading songs to my SD Card and not to the phone’s hard drive, but the same rules should apply either way (I think)

    • After restarting your PC, reinstall the Xbox Music app and the Windows Phone desktop app on your PC
    • Next, open the Xbox Music app and choose “Import Playlists” (it will now load all of the playlists in your Music library folder)
    o Once all playlists are added to the Xbox Music app, then go to the Xbox Music website and login… and give it about 10 minutes to upload the playlists you imported in the app (it should happen automatically)
     You may have to refresh your screen to make sure all the playlists are there

    o Using the Windows Phone Desktop app, go to the “Add or Remove Folders” link/button, and REMOVE the folder where your playlists are stored (if you don’t take this step, then your playlists will show up TWICE on your phone… with half of them being empty—not sure why this happens)
     Note: After this step, there should NOT be any playlists showing up in your Windows Phone desktop app at this point. If there are, DO NOT select them to add to your phone (or they will show up empty) and/or try to find the source file and remove it from the detected folders in the Windows Phone desktop app
    o Next, choose where you want your music installed (Phone or SD Card) using the Windows Phone desktop app, and then choose the music you want to load to your phone by selecting “Sync Music” or “Sync All Music” boxes, and then the “Sync” button
     Once all of the music is loaded using the Windows Phone desktop app, proceed to the next step

    • Once all the songs are uploaded to your phone (according to the Windows Phone Desktop app), then go to your phone and open the Xbox Music app… and go to Settings and toggle on the “Connect to Streaming Music” and wait for the phone to “load/add” your songs, etc.
    o Once everything is loaded, your playlists will start to pop up with the songs in them (this may take 10 minutes or so)
    o You can then choose where you want the songs to be played from “Showing” toggle at the top of the Playlists lists (i.e., All Music, On my phone, SD Card, Streaming).
     If you don’t want music streamed, then don’t choose the “All Music” option—choose “SD Card” or “On my phone”

    • That’s it. You should be all set. Based on this method, it is my understanding that the Playlists are actually loaded from your online Xbox Music account—not from your PC (even though the Windows Phone desktop app would lead one to believe so). But it’s entirely possible that I’m wrong. All I know at this point is… this method worked for me… after a lot of trial and error. Microsoft REALLY needs to simplify this. No one should have to work this hard to upload their playlists to their phones. No wonder Windows Phone is struggling!!!
    02-28-2015 12:08 PM
  4. jason8957's Avatar
    I have tried to figure out how to make this not be a complete mess for more than 2 years. It is just horrible. All I want to do is play my music that I own and store on One Drive on my phone or computer or surface. But there seems to be no way to do this easily and whatever I do gets completely messed up by XBOX music. I have deleted playlists and recreated them several times and am just tired of it. I cannot believe that this is the best Microsoft can do. It's like the poorest performing interns were hired and put in charge of this.

    It is hard to believe that someone did a worse job than iTunes, but here we have it.

    And I am a serious Microsoft product guy. Two PCs, a Surface 2, Lumia 920, XBOX, etc..
    03-05-2015 10:27 AM
  5. jayblazer's Avatar
    Holy crap I just tried doing this today and I'm embarrassed for Microsoft. this is a freaking mess...
    03-05-2015 08:27 PM

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