Playlists are music collections that are made up of tracks, albums or artists.

You can use playlists to group music belonging to different family members or music belonging to a genre or for a special occason.

  • Up to 60 playlists
  • Play from any point in the playlist
  • Combine playlists - append, merge and even subtract.
  • Search playlists
  • Seven playlists have dedicated keys on the remote control
  • Use playlists to define music to export to USB
  • Make playlists with drag and drop on the web UI

Playlists are best manged with the web UI - but you can do some basics from the front panel. Check the menu summary.

The Playlist Tab

The Playlist tab in the web UI lets you play and manage playlists.

  • Click Playlist Menu to create new playlists, rename, delete and more
  • Click the Playlist Item Menu to reorder and delete items on the list

The playlist continues playing until you play something else.

To Build a Playlist

  • Drag items from the search window into the playlist.
  • Drag items within the playlist to re-order
  • Use the playlist item menu to delete an item

Drag and drop does not work on touch devices.

  • Use the playlist item menu to re-order and delete.
  • Use the search results item menu to add to playlist.

Seven color playlists

There are seven permanent playlists named after the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

These playlists have keys on the remote control so you can play them by pressing the corresponding key twice. Once to see the playlist. Twice to play it.

You can rename these playlists to something more memorable. 

To combine Playlists

Select the Combine Playlists option in the Playlist Menu.

This dialog provides three ways of combining two playlists.

I call the first playlist the source playlist and this is unchanged by the operation. The second playlist is the target or destination playlist that will be changed. The target playlist can be a newly created or empty playlist.

The three ways of combining the playlists are selected from the first dropdown and are:

  • Append - the source playlist is tacked onto the end of the target playlist.
  • Merge - like append but duplicates are removed.
  • Subtract - anything in the target which appears in the source is removed.

There is a special All Music playlist in the source dropdown. 
You might use this to create a playlist containing all your music and then subtract a playlist of music you don't normally want to listen to - childrens music or a recorded lecture for example. So you can in effect make a don't Playlist.

Search within a Playlist

Playlist Limits

There is an overall limit of 100,000 items in all the playlists. But an item can be an artist, album or track so that could easily be more than 1 million tracks. There is a limit of 60 playlists. The web UI may not be able to display more than the first 5000 items in a playlist.

Export Playlist to USB

You can use playlists to create a collection of music to send to a USB memory.

You might use it so you can listen to the music in your car or to transfer specific music to another device.

Plug the USB memory into USB C and select Playlist Menu->Export Playlist from the front panel.

Note there is a variant of this function Playlist Menu->Export MP3s. This will export MP3 versions of the music. This is useful if you are sending the music to a device with limited memory. To use this function the compression mode must previously be set to FLAC+MP3 and time allowed to convert all the music.