Hi Robbo. Thanks for the instructions to get playlists onto the iPhone in iTunes 11. Unfortunately I don't get that ADD button below the DONE button when looking at my iPhone. Any guess as to why? I'm thinking there's some setting for the phone that I have set wrong, but not sure what it is... The computer I'm using is a new computer so maybe it could be because this isn't the computer that I've synced with in the past? Now I'm syncing to iCloud though and music I purchase on my phone automatically appears on my computer.
@leilatre i had the same problem of not haveing the add to option with my ipod.
if you go to summary when the device is connected, make sure the manually manage music box is checked. Then i found i was abe to auto fill the remaining space i had free with the playlist i had created in my itunes (option is at the bottom of the screen). Its an arse about face way of doing it, but it worked for me.
I may be missing the point, but, I thought the original question was, how to create a playList, on your phone, from within iTunes 11?
To me, this worked....
1. Connect the phone to iTunes (wired or wirelessly), so it is listed under "Devices"
2. Select the Phone (must do this first - click on it)
3. At the very bottom of the screen, left hand corner, click the "+", select "New PlayList"
This put the new playlist on my iPhone. Once there, within iTunes I could select it, and name it whatever I want, and add whatever I wanted to it.
Hope this helps?
The only issue I have, is that if you have an empty phone, and a big playlist - then dragging the playlist from the iTunes area over onto the 'phone' area results in iTunes not animating that you dropped the playlist, or indicating in any way it was 'populating' the phone with the playlist. The cursor just sorta gets stuck transitioning over into that right side pane... and you have to wait for iTunes to do its thing in the background.
That makes one think that maybe you cannot do it that way, or iTunes is stuck, etc. Very sloppy Apple programming.
So when you drag a huge chunk of songs, or a big playlist over and the cursor in iTunes freezes up at the transition to the 'phone' pane.. just let go of the button in that pane.. and then step away... let iTunes do its thing, and eventually its got it all done for you.
iTunes really needs to fix the UI behavior for that process.
Finely figured it out, solved! I have new iTunes 188.8.131.52 (June 2014) How to: you connecting iPhone to PC, opening iTunes and selecting your iPhone, then "Library" in rigt top, next going to "playlists" in the top. In playlist in left down corner by pressing "+" button adding "a new playlist". It will appear in right upper corner! Then you can name it and drag and drop your music Mp3 files in this right upper corner playlist. Press done. Sync and then you done. If you would like to see the same, how to do it in a video, you can look in my YouTube video, a link
Hope it'll help you!