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 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:

  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 (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

Foobar Playlist Management Components:

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Foobar2000 ~ Playlist Viewers

Foobar2000 Playlist 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.

Default Playlist
SimPlaylist
ELPlaylist
ESPlaylist
JSPlaylist

foobar2000-simplaylist-groups-v1

SimPlaylist

Resources:

Configuring the default playlist viewer

FLAC – Free Lossless Audio CODEC

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.

Website
Comparisons
Documentation
Download
FAQ
Frontend
Sourceforge
Wikipedia

Freeware
Open Source
DOS / Mac / Unix / Windows

Useful Audio / Visual / Shipping Web Sites

Audiophile Rock Album Reviews ~ Absolute Sound
Advanced music search ~ Amazon.com
Album artwork search ~ Albumart
Amazing album cover scans ~ Album Art Exchange
Audio forum and resources ~ Audio Asylum
Audio forum and resources ~ Audiokarma
Balanced Interconnects – Properly connect your gear
Barcode Reader – Inlite Research
Beatles releases comparisons ~ BeatleDrops
Best selling albums ~ Wikipedia
Billboard Magazine Hot 100 ~ Wikipedia
Calgary Cassette Preservation Society ~ Local public domain repository
Canadian artists’ discographies ~ Wikipedia
Canadian Folk ~ Last.FM
Canadian Folk Artists ~ Northern Journey
Canadian Folk Music Award Winners ~ The Canadian Folk Music Awards
Canadian Record Album Covers ~ The Record Project
Canadian Society for Traditional Music ~ Arranged by artist
Canadian Music Resources ~ Institute for Canadian Music
Canadian music search ~ Museum Of Canadian Music
Canadian music search ~ Amazon.ca
Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell ~ The Library of Congress
Digital audio forum ~ Hydrogen Audio
Digital media primer for geeks ~ Xiph.org
Directory of music resources – Open Directory Project
Distortion and music ~ Wikipedia
Dynamic Range Database ~ Album List & Search
EAC set up ~ Hydrogen Audio
EAC gap settings ~ Hydrogen Audio
EAC Guides ~ Hydrogen Audio
EAC cue and log conversion ~ EAC Helper
Encyclopedia ~ MusicBrainz, The Open Music Encyclopedia
Foobar – Skinning Tutorial ~ DeviantArt
Genres – popular ~ Wikipedia
Golden Ears – Hearing Better ~ Philips
Hardware database & equipment resources ~ HiFi Engine
Label Codes ~ Wikipedia
Library catalog meta-search ~ OCLC WorldCat
Loudness War & Poorly Remastered CDs ~ Youtube
Lyric Search ~ Lyrster
Musical styles ~ Listology
Musipedia ~ The Open Music Encyclopedia
Name of a song is unknown? ~ Name My Tune
Needledrops ~ 78 RPM Music Archive
Pink Floyd Discographies Page ~ Pink Floyd Archives
Playlists – Search for and share ~ Playlists.com
Ratings ~ RYM (Rate Your Music)
Record Grades – Record Collectors Guild
Record grading 101 ~ Goldmine
Record labels ~ Wikipedia
Record Store Search ~ MusicStack
Record Store Search ~ Vinyl Hub
Removing clicks and record noise ~ Audacity
Rocky Mountain Folk Club ~ Southern Alberta & Calgary Folk Music
Scanning tips ~ by Wayne Fulton
Shipping Info ~ Frank’s Compulsive Guide To Postal Addresses
SPARS Codes ~ Wikipedia
Surround Sound Speaker Set-up ~ THX
Stylus maintenance ~ The Magic Eraser Method
Tagging songs by moods ~ Allmusic
Track, show and find music ~ Last.FM
Target CDs ~ Keith Hirsch
Top 100 Albums Of All Time (2013) ~ Dave’s Music Database
Turntable Information ~ Vinyl Engine
Universal Scobbler ~ Last.FM
Unusual types of gramophone records ~ Wikipedia
URL Decoder / Encoder ~ Eric Meyer
Vinyl Engine ~ All the information you need to get the best sound from your records
Vinyl Pressing Plants ~ Total Sonic Media
Vinyl Price Guide ~ Popsike
Vinyl Ripping Tips ~ cliveb
World Telephone Numbering Guide ~ WTNG
YouTube Music Videos With Pictures – 9 steps ~ WikiHow

Recommended Audio Software

Accuraterip ~ Accurate DAE (Digital Audio Extraction)
AcoustID ~ Identify & Fingerprint Songs
Ampache ~ Freeware streaming music server
Audacity ~ Freeware audio editor & recorder
AudioShell ~ Freeware Windows audio tag integration
AutoFolderPic ~ Freeware automated folder .jpg downloader
BatchEncoder ~ Freeware Audio Encoder Frontend
Boom Audio Player ~ Foobar2000’s simpler sibling
CDBurnerXP ~ Freeware CD and DVD Burner
CUETools ~ Freeware cue file tools
DADA Auto-Rating For Foobar ~ Automatically rate your music
DRC (Digital Room Correction) ~ Advanced equalization
EAC (Exact Audio Copy) ~ Advanced freeware CD ripper
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio CODEC) ~ Open lossless audio format
Foobar2000 ~ Advanced freeware audio player
Foobar2000 @ Customize.Org ~ Skinning Foobar
Foobar2000 @ Deviant Art ~ Skins & themes
foo_discogs = Foobar2000 + Discogs ~ Advanced file tagging
freeDB ~ Set up freeDB access Search FreeDB
KeyFinder ~ Freeware musical key analyzer
LAME ~ Freeware mp3 encoder
MP3 Diags ~ Freeware mp3 file repair tool
MP3Gain ~ Freeware mp3 volume normalization
Mp3tag ~ Freeware metadata tag editor
PlexTools ~ Plextor’s CD ripper
PowerShell Audio ~ PowerShell-driven audio interface
RareWares ~ Freeware audio app & CODEC archive
ReplayGain ~ Advanced gain equalization
ReplayGain & Foobar ~ ReplayGain within Foobar2000
ReplayGain & Foobar under Linux ~ RPG with Wine & Foobar2000
Room EQ Wizard ~ Freeware analysis & compensation filters
RightMark Audio Analyzer ~ Freeware Audio Hardware Analyzer
Sound Hound ~ Name that tune
Sox ~ The Swiss Army Knife Of Sound Processing
VU Meter ~ Freeware Standalone Analog Volume Unit Meter
WinAmp Repository ~ NullSoft WinAmp archive
Windows DirectShow Filters – Use FLAC & OGG in Windows, freeware
WMP Tag Plus ~ Extends Windows tag support, freeware

Notable Discogs Lists

100 Best Albums Ever ~ The Guardian
100 Best Albums Of The 1980s ~ Slant Magazine
100 Best Album Covers ~ Thorgerson / Powell
100 Greatest Albums Ever ~ Q Magazine
100 Greatest Album Covers ~ Rolling Stone
100 Great Political Songs
100 Songs That Changed The World ~ Q Magazine
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
20 Most Underrated Albums Of All Time ~ Salon
50 Darkest Albums Ever ~ NME Magazine
500 Greatest Albums ~ Rolling Stone
90 Greatest 90’s Albums ~ Alternative Press
90 Greatest 90’s Albums ~ Spin Magazine
Albums That Changed My Life
Best Ambient Albums
Best Travel Log Trips
Biggest Boxed Sets
Canadian Folk Artists
Churches As Recording Locations
Common Runout Groove Etchings
Discogs Edge Cases
Essential Rock Artists Of The Eighties And Nineties
Exceptional Album Covers
Experiments, Gimmick & Concept Albums And Bands
Freakshow – A Museum Of Strangeness
Greatest Jazz Albums
Hi-Fi Test & Adjustment Records
Highest Rated Albums On Discogs
Longest Track Titles
Most Expensive Items Sold On Discogs – Monthly Lists
Music Of Saskatchewan
Number Ones in Finland: The Albums
Original Cover – Tribute Cover
Target CDs
The Rock’N’Roll Hall Of Fame
The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock
Top 100 Bestsellers Of All Time ~ DMDB
Top 100 – Discogs Most Expensive Records
Top 100 – Discogs Most Wanted (by master release)
Top 100 – Discogs Most Wanted (by release)
Top 30 – Discogs’ Most Popular Albums
Top Female Albums At Discogs
Universities
Unusual Album Covers