How to Add a Playlist to a Creative Zen

by Aaron Wein
Disk in the drive image by Sergey Galushko from

Adding playlists to your Creative Zen media player can be a mystery to some people. The owner's manual does not describe the process and the Zen does not come with its own syncing software. In order to add playlists to the Zen, you must use your PC's Windows Media Player 12 program, which often comes standard with the Windows operating system. From there, you can create your playlist and save it to your Zen.

Step 1

Download and install Windows Media Player 12 if your computer does not already have it.

Step 2

Connect your Zen to your computer using the Zen's USB cable. A prompt appears on the Zen.

Step 3

Select "Turn on USB Storage" on the Zen.

Step 4

Run Windows Media Player 12.

Step 5

Click "Create Playlist" on Windows Media Player 12.

Step 6

Click the "Play" tab in Windows Media Player 12. This opens an area where you can create the playlist for your Zen.

Step 7

Click your Zen's name in Windows Media Player''s left column. The Zen's music library appears.

Step 8

Drag and drop songs from the Zen's music library into the "Play" area of Windows Media Player 12.

Step 9

Click the "List Options" button and click "Save list as." A "Save As" window appears.

Step 10

Click the "Save as type" field and choose "M3U Playlist." This file type transforms your selected songs into a playlist.

Step 11

Choose your Zen player's listing from the drop-down menu at the top of the "Save As" window and click "Music."

Click "Save." The playlist saves to your Zen.


  • This article applies to the Creative Zen Touch 2 device. Steps can vary with different models.


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  • Disk in the drive image by Sergey Galushko from

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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