- A Smart Playlist has a small cog like icon in iTunes. A regular playlist has a a musical note on top of a piece of "sheet-music paper" icon.
- If you highlight a Playlist in iTunes and select File, if Edit Smart Playlist is greyed out, then it isn't a Smart Playlist. If you can Edit Smart Playlist, then it is.
- You cannot distinguish Smart Playlists from regular Playlists on the iPod Touch, they look the same.
If you want Playlists in a specific order, then you need to use regular Playlists, and as you compile the list, the arrow in the left column, showing the sequence number, must be pointing up. That column dictates the order of the songs, so arrange the songs the way you want only when the arrow is pointing upwards.