The Playlist Manager is a complete management tool for M3U, PLS and B4S format playlist files. You can create brand new playlists using Scan Results in the MP3 Scanning Centre or work with existing playlists to do any of a number of operations possible with the Playlist Manager. You can convert easily between the supported playlist formats. Any entries in the playlist for which the file cannot be found on the hard disk may be automatically searched for. And you can synchronise the playlist entries with their ID3 Tags either individually or en masse.
In the Playlist Manager window, you will be presented with a main list area that contains the entries of the playlist currently being worked with. Above this are a number of controls to use the features of the tool. To begin with, you need a playlist to work with. There are a number of ways of doing this:
Load an existing playlist from file. Click for more info >> Select the Open menu item from the File menu and select the playlist you wish to work with.
Use the files Scanned in in the MP3 Scanning Centre. Click for more info >> Press the Read Scan Results Button and a playlist will be created from all the checked files in the MP3 Scanning Centre.
Export the displayed playlist in the built-in Music Player to the Playlist Manager. Click for more info >> If there are entries listed in the Playlist window of the Music Player, right click the playlist and select the Open List in Playlist Manager menu item from the context menu.
Drag the files from Windows Explorer and drop them in the main list area of the Playlist Manager
Construct your own playlist. Click for more info >> Right click on the main list area and use the Add Playlist Entry and Insert Playlist Entry menu items to build up your own playlist.
Learn more about:
There are three playlists formats available in the Playlist Manager: M3U, PLS and B4S. Use the Playlist Format dropdown box to interchange between these formats. Each time one of these is selected, the playlist is reconstructed. Although this does not affect the playlist information itself, the basic text file that is saved will be different depending on which format is selected. This may be viewed by pressing the Text File View button. You may switch back to view the playlist entries by pressing the Playlist View button.
In the Playlist View, each entry has associated with it Title information. This is what will be displayed in any music player that uses the Playlist. This usually contains the Artist and Title information of the MP3. To view the Title information for the Playlist, select the Show Title Information option button whilst in the Playlist View. You may switch to viewing the associated file names of all the Playlist entries by selecting the Show File Information option button.
On the Playlist Manager window, there is an Auto-Tidy Playlist button. Pressing this will result in Playlist Manager going through all the entries in the displayed playlist and correct them according to the following:
If the file associated with the entry is missing, Playlist Manager will attempt to find the file anywhere in a drive or folder you specify. This will be via a Browse for Folder dialogue that will pop up at the time when Auto-Tidy is used on a playlist that contains at least one entry with a missing associated file. This same location will be used to search for all files that are missing.
Each entry's Title information will be synchronised with the ID3 Tag of the associated file in a similar way to the Synchronise Title With ID3 Tag Actions menu item (see below). However, any entry for which the associated file does not have an ID3 Tag or the required fields are empty will automatically use the file name instead.
Actions available in Playlist Manager: