Drag & drop files or folders to create .m3u playlists. For each folder, a single .m3u file is created named after that folder. It will not replace already existing playlists of that name. The generated playlists do not contain EXTM3U information because a simple .m3u is nothing more than a text file with a list of file names per line. The initial tool for this task for me was a batch file. 😉
As the generated playlists only include filenames without any path, and they are located with the media files, they can be moved together with the files, as an example, for portable mp3 player usage.
Following the Unix philosophy “one tool for one job” Playlist Creator enables you to create playlists of your precious music within seconds.
The composition and creation of a playlist is quite intuitive: Add all desired files, enter a name for the playlist and select its save location. Hit the create button and one moment later your brand-new playlist is ready.
You don’t have to recreate your playlist every time you want to make changes to it. Just open the existing playlist file, make the changes you want and save the playlist. It’s as simple as that!
Combining several playlists into a single big playlist is quite simple as well: Insert as many existing playlist files to your current playlist as you like and save the playlist. Done!
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
Some players display, or play files, in the order that the file was originally copied to a USB drive or stick. YAFS (Yet Another FAT Sorter) allows the order to be changed to whatever you prefer. YAFS is a multi-platform, open source, freeware, command line utility with a GUI (Graphical User Interface).
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.