Foobar2000 ~ Playlists & Autoplaylists


Playlists, or named lists of songs, are an essential aspect of Foobar2000. Whenever you add a song to Foobar, you are essentially adding it to some playlist.

Playlists can be created manually by adding individual songs or automatically by specifying a set of conditions in a query with the result displayed as an “Autoplaylist”. Manually created playlists are static, they don’t change unless you change them, Autoplaylists are dynamic, that is, the results may change whenever the playlist is queried.

Playlists created manually can be edited directly, while Autoplaylists are edited by modifying the query. However, you can save the results of an Autoplaylist as a new static and therefore editable, playlist.

Creating an Autoplaylist of an Albumlist item like genre:

  1. Select by genre from the Albumlist view selector
  2. Select a genre from the list of genres
  3. Right click that selected genre and select Create Autoplaylist

You will now have a new Autoplaylist listed on the playlist manager tab with the name of the genre you selected. Playlists created this way are called an Album List branch.

Creating an Autoplaylist of a folder’s contents:

  1. Select the Search tab
  2. enter %path% HAS replace this with the actual path  in the search field
  3. Select ...
  4. Select Create Autoplaylist
  5. Rename the new playlist (hint, with the path)

AutoPlaylist query examples:

  • Lossless ~ “$info(encoding)” IS lossless
  • Lossy ~ “$info(encoding)” IS lossy
  • Missing title ~ title MISSING (no percent signs)
  • Never played ~ %play_count% MISSING
  • No Dynamic Range info ~ %dynamic_range_album% MISSING
  • No ReplayGain info ~ %replaygain_track_gain% MISSING
  • No Artist info ~ %path% HAS album AND album artist MISSING
  • Played often ~ %play_count% GREATER 9
  • Randomly sorted ~ ALL SORT BY “$rand()”
  • Recently added ~ %added% DURING LAST 1 WEEKS
  • Recently played ~ %last_played% DURING LAST 1 WEEK
  • Recently modified ~ %last_modified% DURING LAST 2 WEEKS

Foobar Playlist Management Components:

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Last.fm ~ Scrobblers


Last.fm is a web service that scrobbles, or publishes, your music profile and listening history.

Download software to scrobble from anywhere and any service.

Official
Last.fm
Github

Browser plugins:
Last.fm scrobbler for Chrome
scroblr.fm

Foobar2000
https://github.com/gix/foo_scrobble/

foo_audioscrobbler ~ Foobar2000 & Last.fm


Last.fm is a web service that maintains a history of what you’ve listened to. You’ll need a Last.fm account and a player that can scrobble. Scrobbling is uploading the artist’s name and song title of your currently playing track to Last.fm’s server. foo_audioscobbler allows Foobar to keep your Last.fm profile current.

  • It replaces the Last.fm client application.
  • It supports the current submission protocol.
  • It sends “now playing” notifications to your Last.fm profile.

Optionally, it can import played tracks from your iPod via the foo_dop component.

After you install foo_audioscrobbler, you’ll need to log into your Last.fm account in Foobar’s Preferences menu.

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Website
Components Page
Last.fm
My Last.fm profile

Alternative Scrobbler ~ https://github.com/gix/foo_scrobble/releases

foo_verifier ~ Foobar Audio File Verifier


Checks specified media files for decoding errors. Note that with most formats, its accuracy is limited to detecting errors that abort the decoding process.

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Website
Documentation

After installing this Foobar plugin, you’ll have two new menu choices under the right mouse click context menu: Utilities > Verify integrity and Utilities > Verify album with Accuraterip

It’s also possible to see more information if you go to File > Preferences > Advanced > Tools > File Integrity Verifier and enable Verbose AccurateRip Output

CUETools ~ CD .cue File Tool & Ripper


CUETools is a tool for lossless audio/CUE sheet format conversion. The goal is to make sure the entire album image is preserved accurately. A lossless disc image must be lossless not only in preserving contents of the audio tracks, but also in preserving gaps and CUE sheet contents. Many applications lose vital information upon conversion, and don’t support all possible CUE sheet styles. For example, foobar2000 loses disc pre-gap information when converting an album image, and doesn’t support gaps appended (noncompliant) CUE sheets.

CUETools215

Website
Downloads
Documentation

Lacinato ABX ~ Comparing Track Quality


Lacinato ABX is the only cross-platform ABX and shootout blind testing software for audio. It allows double-blind ABX testing of audio files (seeing if you can tell which file is being played), as well as “shootouts” (picking your favorite from a shuffled, anonymized list). Or you can just use it as a convenient way to switch between files (maintaining the current play position, if you like.

Lacinato ABX

Website
Web Service ~ online version
ABX Testing ~ Wikipedia