The starred playlist is treated more like all your other playlists and you can still add track to it with drag and drop or from the "add to playist" pop-up menu. Unless you are synching music to another device which doesn't yet have Your Music, you may find that you don't need the starred playlist any more.
Selcting the check mark (save) adds the track to Your Music and you will find it listed under each of the sections. You can also save whole albums to Your Music(YM) in the same way so album playlists could be a thing of the past.
When music is in YM it displays with a check mark and hovering over that display the X which will remove it from YM.
Best thing is to pay with everything and see what works best for you.
So if i get it right, i have a problem when i have a Windows Phone 8 an no New Release i can no longer sync my music? That would really be unpleasent. Is there a date for a WinPhone update, or do i have to find a workaround and yes that would be too unpleasent.
I somehow get a bad feeling for paying this and getting less... And i actually really loved this star thing, it was fast and i didn't had to look up in which playlist i want to drag and drop this music.
oh and yes it was much more clear which songs i already had starred and which not (the gray and black thingy)
Windows phone updates are coming in the spring according to a recent announcement. As I indicated, if you use a device on which you don't have Your Music yet then you can carry on using playlists, including the starred playlist as before. The only difference is that you can't just click on a star anywhere but the functionality is still there.
You're actually getting a lot more than you had before, for the same money as you will discover, the more you use Your Music on the desktop. It's a much saner way of accessing your music collection than a playlist-based system :)
Please don't tell me they are planning on phasing out playlists and folders. I have a ton of work into mine, I like it the way it is now much better, and as far as I'm concerned, playlists and folders are much more versatile that YM.
YM needs the abilty to tag. Then we might be able to talk about replacing playlists.