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Subject: Re: Playlists
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Jason Williams wrote:
> Seems to me the most efficient way to organize and play all of these files
> according to my preferences would be to have one folder of playlists, but
> how to make them? Windows Playlists use a propietary format and Winamp has
> to load every song rather than just write the list?
> Anyone have a solution?
You should just be able to drag a folder into the winamp playlist window
and then save the result as a playlist - is that what you mean by
having to 'load every song'? I suppose that could take a little time if
you have tons of songs and a slow PC. =)
If you want something more DOS-y, a command has been posted here before
(by Neon John) that will make a playlist - I'll just quote it here
(below) for convenience - note that you can do this with individual
directories, e.g., by artist or genre, as well as for your entire
If you can't stand the command line, I can send you a VBScript that will
recursively generate a playlist for any folder dragged onto the script,
e.g., dragging "M:\Music\Metal" onto the script will create a playlist
named Metal.m3u in the directory where the script is located -
presumably the folder where you want to store playlists.
Do it with a playlist.
Mount your Jukebox on your computer and get a command prompt (assuming
Go to the root of your music. In my case that would be g:\
Execute the following:
g:\>dir *.* /b/s/A-d >playlist.m3u
The command line switches are as follows:
/b Bare listing - only the qualified file name
/s Recurse the directory structure
/A-d List everything except directories.
Dismount your Jukebox, set the play mode to random and play the playlist.
On my Jukebox, I have a directory called \01-playlists. The "01" makes
it sort to the top. Inside this directory is a playlist for each band,
created as above but in the band's home directory. There is a playlist
for every genre such as bigband.m3u, rock.m3u, etc. I created these
lists by executing the above command into several files and editing out
the bands that didn't apply. Then there is an "all.m3u" that plays the
This works great. I rarely venture into the actual music directories.
You can use WinAmp to build playlists but when you want to play a whole
directory or tree, the "dir" method is quicker and easier.
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