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 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
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:

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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Components Page
Last.fm
My Last.fm profile

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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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

foo_playcount ~ Foobar2000 playback stats

You can extend Foobar2000s functionality by increasing the information the player maintains. Installing the foo_playcount component allows Foobar to both keep track of additional data, and adds the following user available fields:

  • Date and time a track was first played ~ %first_played%
  • Date and time a track was last played ~ %last_played%
  • The number of times a track has been played ~ %play_count%
  • Date and time a track was first added to the Media Library ~ %added%
  • Song rating ~ %rating%

 

Song Rating Playlist Display

The songs rating can now be displayed in a playlist viewer in two ways:

  • On a 1 to 5 scale with %rating%
  • Displayed as up to five stars, “★★★”, with %rating_stars%
  • Displayed as five stars, “★★★☆☆”, with %rating_stars_fixed%

Note: This component should be installed at the same time as Foobar2000, if your goal is to have a complete play count history.

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foo_plorg ~ Playlist Organizer With Folders

The Foobar Playlist Organizer component allows playlists to be organized into folders.

  1. Install the foo_plorg component
  2. Add a new panel or tab, then add Playlist Organizer

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Importing playlists using foo_plorg and foo_playlist_revive

  1. Install foo_playlist_revive
  2. Drag playlist files and drop on the Playlist Organizer panel
  3. Select Edit > Revive Dead Items

Note: The imported playlist will have the same name as the original playlist filename.

Resources:

Website
Documentation – Hydrogenaudio
foo_playlist_revive – Hydrogenaudio
Foobar2000 – How to install a component

foo_discogs ~ Foobar2000 & Discogs

Greatly extend the information in your music files by using the foo_discogs component to tag albums with Discogs information. Once the additional Discogs release information is stored in the song tags, it’s possible to search for catalog numbers, secondary artists or studios, etc. You can now also create toolbar buttons which open the corresponding artist or release pages in Discogs, the artist’s own website or other links.

  • download Discogs album and artist artwork
  • retrieve more information than most taggers
  • goes that extra length to make sure retrieved data is correct and well formatted
  • flexible tag mapping allows you to write only what you want, where you want
  • use meta-data in tags to display Discogs artist / label / release web pages
    able to later update specified tags (useful in update ratings)
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Album’s properties when tagged with Discogs info

Installing & Configuration

  1. Install the foo_discogs component
  2. Select any song on any playlist
  3. Right click the song and select Tagging
  4. From the sub-menu select Discogs
  5. Now select Configuration
  6. Change any settings needed.

Tagging Files

  1. Select an entire album on a playlist
  2. Right click the album and select Tagging
  3. Select Discogs
  4. Select Write Tags…
  5. Click Search then select the correct match and click Next
  6. Confirm that the tracks match the files and click Write tags

Your audio files should now be tagged with additional Discogs metadata.

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

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SimPlaylist

Resources:

Configuring the default playlist viewer