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:
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% HAS replace 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
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
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.
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%
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)
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.