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thenumberdevil
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« on: December 11, 2007, 11:21:32 AM »

Easier autoplaylists using WMP [it can save rating in the ID3 tags] ... check "maintain my star rating as global" in WMP!

- Create an autoplaylist in WMP
- Save playlist as m3u (use Save As option and choose m3u)

You don't need to do any conversions to .zpl because Zune Software can read .m3u lists directly!
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2007, 02:21:56 PM »

.........one of those Duh moments once again...........


Nice work Number.....
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007, 02:25:01 PM »

Nice work, I'll try it when I get home.  Do we need to keep WMP running in order to refresh the list?  Will the m3u file be updated as well or do I need to re-save each time the playlist is refreshed?
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2007, 10:05:23 PM »

Using an m3u sounds like a good work around for now, but let's all hope they reinstate the previous 5 star system and the ability to make smart playlists.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2007, 05:29:52 AM »

so if i create a playlist in WMP, i can use it on my zune device?
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2007, 10:34:03 AM »

Nice work, I'll try it when I get home.  Do we need to keep WMP running in order to refresh the list?  Will the m3u file be updated as well or do I need to re-save each time the playlist is refreshed?

Sadly, the M3U file does not get auto-refreshed! This is because M3U's are dumb lists ...

However, in WMP you can save your auto-playlist contents as M3U. And, any changes in the M3U are reflected almost instantly in Zune Software.

This is what I did so you can reproduce the results ...

1. Make sure your "rip" folder in the Zune Software is a folder monitored by WMP
2. Get "London Calling" by "The Clash" [song with "London" in the Title] in your Zune collection. If you don't own this or have a Zune Pass then replace "London" with something in yoru collection!
3. In WMP creat an auto-playlist "WMP Auto London" ... Auto playlist with Title contains "London"
4. In WMP double-click on Playlist (in the left pane) ... this adds the songs to the List view on the right side. (You may need to make list view appear ... look for a "blue" arrow on the top right)
5. In WMP in the drop-down next to "Untitled Playlist" select "Save Playlist As ..." and in the dialog that appears select Save As Type to be "M3U Playlist (*.m3u). Name it "M3U Auto London" [or select it from the list if it already exists]. Click Save.
6. In Zune Software the playlist will now magically appear. If you already have it ... it's content will be refreshed!
7. In Zune Software download song "London" by Queensr˙che
8. Repeat step 4 to 6! In Step 4 you will see it as auto-playlists work great. In step 6 you should see it in the Zune playlist.

Enjoy!
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2007, 10:38:41 AM »

so if i create a playlist in WMP, i can use it on my zune device?

The M3U playlists are Zune Software compatible [both old and new] and so they are Zune Device compatible!
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2007, 10:47:48 AM »

so if i create a playlist in WMP, i can use it on my zune device?

The M3U playlists are Zune Software compatible [both old and new] and so they are Zune Device compatible!
thanks.

though i still think the zune software should be able to create the kind of playlists i want on its own.  Kiss
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2007, 11:06:13 AM »

so if i create a playlist in WMP, i can use it on my zune device?

The M3U playlists are Zune Software compatible [both old and new] and so they are Zune Device compatible!
thanks.

though i still think the zune software should be able to create the kind of playlists i want on its own.  Kiss

Be patient ... it's coming Zune!!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2007, 02:07:28 PM »

Blogged it - http://www.zunerama.com

Thanks, TND!
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2007, 07:29:59 PM »

Blogged it - http://www.zunerama.com

Thanks, TND!


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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2007, 09:54:02 AM »

This news has been blogged on Engadget.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/13/workaround-puts-auto-playlists-back-on-zunes/

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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2007, 10:02:50 AM »


You beat me to the punch. That's pretty awesome though
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2007, 10:20:47 AM »


You beat me to the punch. That's pretty awesome though

Ditto, congrats TND you're famous!
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2007, 11:37:21 AM »

Hrm...I posted this on the front page of ZuneBoards a good 8 hours b4 thenumberdevil posted here....either we're on the same wave length or credit isn't in its place
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