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MediaPortal offers a varitey of ways to create and use music playlists. Whenever music is played in MediaPortal the list of tracks being played is added to a playlist.
Use Your Existing Playlists
You can load existing, or externally created playlists in several formats–.m3u, .pls and .b4s. Support is built into MediaPortal.
- Set the folder location for playlists in Configuration > Music > Playlist Settings tab
Tip: Use a different folder for video and music playlists so you can view them separately!
- In MediaPortal, you then can use the Music Menu - Playlists button to view all your saved playlists
Whenever you play music within MediaPortal the tracks will be added to a playlist. You may also select playlist mode options in Configuration > Music under Playlist settings. These settings allow you to control how playlists are created as well as how items are added to playlists.
There are a few ways to add items to the playlist
- Play button on remote or 'p' on keyboard
- Enter / OK button
- Context menu (Info/More key on remote or F9 on keyboard)
Pressing play (or 'p' on keyboard) on any item when browsing your collection will:
- Stop whatever is currently playing (music or not)
- Clear the current playlist
- Add all tracks under the selected item to the current playlist
- Start playback
Enter / OK
When browsing a list of tracks, by default the Enter / OK button will perform the same as the play button above. However, you can configure how the Enter / OK button behaves in Configuration > Music on the Play Settings tab. If you select 'Queue Item' it will add the track to the playlist after the current item playing. If you select 'Add all tracks to the playlist, it will queue all the tracks currently displayed on the list.
If there is nothing playing when you press Enter / OK, or what is playing is not music, then MediaPortal will check if there are already tracks in the current playlist. If tracks are found you will prompted as to whether you want to clear the current playlist or whether you want to keep it and add the track you want to play to the end of the existing playlist (playback will start with your selected track)
Brining up the context menu (via F9 key or the Info/More button) whilst an item is highlighted gives you several options:
- Play now - This is the same as pressing play - stops any currently playing track, clears the current playlist, and plays the selected item
- Queue item - adds the item to the playlist queue - plays the selected item after the current track has finished (if the selected item is an artist or album, all tracks will be queued
- Queue all items - displays only when a track or song is selected - adds all the tracks in the current list to the playlist
Note: When you 'queue' an item(s), it inserts the selection into the playlist after the current track, if one is playing.
Auto Create Playlists
The Audioscrobbler plugin has an option to automatically add tracks to your playlist based on your listening tastes as defined by Last.fm. This is a great way to find new music related to your tastes.
On the Playlists Menu, you can choose to enable or turn scrobbling on or off, if the Audioscrobler plugin is enabled.
If you select the Scrobble: button you can choose the type of scrobbling:
Then, as you play music, your current playlist will be automatically filled with similar tracks.
The Audioscrobbler plugin will also update your Last.fm page to tell your friends what music you are listening to, and to 'learn' more about your music tastes to help it add tracks to your playlist. So it is helpful to leave it enabled.
Display Your Current Playlist
If you have added items to a playlist, or previously selected a playlist, use the Menu > Current Playlists button,or the Context Menu > Show playlist option to navigate to the current playlist.
You may also use F1 on a keyboard to easily switch between your current playlist and Music or program a remote key to perform this function.
Navigate to the up or down arrow buttons to move items in your playlist, or to the delete (X) button to remove them.
- Layout - to display playlists in either the default Playlist layout, or in Icons or Big Icons layout
- Shuffle - to shuffle the order of items in the playlist
- Repeat - to repeat or loop the playlist
- Playlists - displays your list of saved playlists
- Save - to save the current playlist
- Clear - to clear the playlist
- Now Playing - to jump to the Now Playing Window