There are several ways to create a playlist.
You can just open multiple files when loading new files into Winamp
and the player automatically creates a new playlist.
There are four major buttons
used to manage and create your playlist (at the bottom of the playlist
window); another button lets you load and save existing lists. Each
button is actually a menu that, when you click and hold down the mouse
button, reveals several options.
Add File Menu (+ File)
This menu offers three choices: Add File(s),
Add Directory, and Add Location. A single click on this button brings
up the common Windows Open File dialog box, where you can select and
add a file to the current playlist. The Add Directory button brings
up the Add Directory dialog box, where you can locate an entire directory
of MP3 files and add them to the playlist. The Add Location button
brings up the Open Location dialog box, where you can input a specific
location on the Web to retrieve either an MP3file or tune into a SHOUTcast
Other options under Add
Remove File Menu (- File)
This menu lets you remove files from
the playlist. If you've selected multiple files, choose from Remove
Selected, Crop Selected and Clear (entire) Playlist.
Other options under Remove
Select Menu (Sel All)
The Select All button contains three
menu items: Select All, Select None, and Invert Selection. Select
None deselects all files while invert deselects current selections
and selects all currently unselected files.
Other options under Select Al
Misc Opts Menus
This button houses a menu with three
main selections - File Info, Sort, Misc - all with submenus. File
Info displays ID3 tags, playlist entry brings up the playlist name
editor which lets you edit the names of the files that appear in the
Other options under Misc.
The Sort submenu offers
several choices including Sort by Title, Sort by Filename, and Sort
List by Path and Filename. Also offered as choices are Reverse List,
which reverses the order, and Randomize List, which lets you randomly
rearrange your list.
The Miscellaneous submenu
offers two interesting options. First is Generate HTML Playlist, which
generates an HTML file of your playlist upon execution and displays
it in your browser. You can use this playlist to publish to your Web
site MP3s that you're listening to or have legitimately available
for trading. The Read Extended Info On selection refreshes any additional
information from the ID3 tag for the selected file(s).
Load List Menu
This menu lets you load, save and clear
playlists. There are two types of playlists: PLS and M3Us. The PLS
format was originally part of the MuseArc program, an earlier player,
while M3U was used by the Winplay3 player. The PLS format contains
a bit more information, although neither contains a ton of track information.
Other options under Load List
To clear out and start
a new playlist, hold the mouse over the Load List button; either that
or right-click on the Load List button and choose New List from the
To save a current playlist,
either hold the mouse over the Load List button or right-click on
the Load List button and choose Save List from the menu. You get a
standard Windows Save As dialog box and can choose to save in either
the .M3U or .PLS format.
To load a current playlist,
click on the Load List button.
Playlist Mini Play Control Console
The playlist also includes a miniature
playing and time display console at the bottom of the screen. You
can use this for when only the Playlist window is displayed.
Playlist Mini Controls
First introduced in Winamp version 2.10,
the minibrowser enables users to view World Wide Web documents within
Winamp. The minibrowser can be directed to its location by an ID3
tag within an MP3 file, by direct user input, or—with SHOUTcast 1.1
and Winamp 2.22 and later vesions—by embedded information in an incoming
Embedding a URL in an MP3 file is
accomplished in the `Comments' field of the ID3 tag. Because the field
is limited to 30 characters, Winamp recognizes the string !/
in place of http://
at the beginning of the field. Thus, to cause the Winamp Minibrowser
to open the URL http://www.winamp.com/index.jhtml
when an MP3 is played, one would enter !/www.winamp.com/index.jhtml
in the `Comments' field of that file's ID3 tag.
For more information about
streaming URLs through SHOUTcast streams, see the SHOUTcast documentation.
To directly open a URL within your minibrowser, read on.
At the bottom of the minibrowser are
several icons. The leftmost two arrows are `back' and `forward', and
work as in other Web browsers. The red stop button stops the loading
of a document. The circular arrow button reloads the current document
from its source.
The up arrow opens a menu
of additional minibrowser options. The `Update Links' menu item updates
the links on the minibrowser's start page. The `Open Internet Location'
item opens a dialog box where you can type in a URL to to open directly.
The other items in the menu are links to related Web sites.