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 at times.
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 a Albumlist item like genre:
Select by genre from the Albumlist view selector
Select a genre from the list of genres
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:
Select the Search tab
enter %path% HASreplace this with the actual path in the search field
Select Create Autoplaylist
Rename the new playlist (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 Album 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
Foobar2000Playlist Viewers display the current playlist of songs. Different playlist viewers offer various capabilities such as formatting, grouping and visual options. A playlist viewer is usually the central window of a Foobar2000 interface.
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo just like you would an MP3 file.
FLAC stands out as the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec, and the only one that at once is non-proprietary, is unencumbered by patents, has an open-source reference implementation, has a well documented format and API, and has several other independent implementations.