Re-order Windows Phone 8 Playlists

by Damon Payne 14. May 2013 22:34

I lit up my Twitter stream in frustration today when I sat down to create a playlist on my Nokia Lumia 920. Zune software, which is still my #1 choice for music playing, is out of the picture for WP8. The “music” app can create playlists but seems unassociated with the phone. The Windows Phone WinRT app cannot create or edit playlists. The steps I found online to create a playlist on the phone are annoying and error prone.

Once you’ve created a playlist on the phone there is no way to add/remove/change the order of songs. Wow. I was poking around to see if there was a way to do this in code and came up empty handed. I also hoped that perhaps the playlist format was something I could parse and build an editor for. I found the following by exploring the phone:


Looks promising, but I’m unable to open these files using code or any application, including Sysinernals.


All I wanted was to more easily build an energized playlist for my Wednesday night workout. I’ll leave the profanity to my twitter stream and just say that the shipped playlist experience on Windows Phone 8 is DoublePlusUngood. The only relief I’ve been able to get so far is that the “Reference” tab does in fact let you remove & reorder songs on a playlist on the phone:


I’ve only tested this on Windows 8 so far. Not great, but I hope this helps someone out.


Windows Phone | windows 8 | WindowsPhone8

Comments (1) -

Con Australia
8/11/2013 7:35:52 PM #

was also totally surprised at the awful playlist manager on WP8 - totally destroys the positive experience of the phone. I've recently found an app ("Custom Playlists", by 8Ball Software, 99c) which - while it doesn't interact with the WP8 music player - allows you to simply create custom playlists which it will play for you, or it will create a random playlist based on your time input. Downsides: it doesn't interact with the WP8 lock Screen, so you can't skip while phone is locked.

Still - it's functionality that should have been part of WP8.

I hope this helps.

I'll point out I have no affiliation with the company or anything - just wanted to create a playlist for myself for my long runs.



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