The art of making a playlist is truly a life skill…similar to tying a square knot or surviving in the wild with a hatchet as your only tool.
Let’s start with a definition, shall we?
Playlist (noun): 1. a list of the recordings to be played on the radio during a particular program or time period, often including their sequence, duration, etc. 2. an electronic file containing a list of audio files that can be played on a media player in a particular sequence
Playlists and mix tapes, of course, really only differ in terms of the technology which produces them. (Though, certainly, creating mix tapes with cassettes are a much more labor intensive process than simply dragging and dropping in iTunes.)