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Short:Convert playlists to m3u,pls,plain,asx
Author:birkenfeld at (Gero Birkenfeld)
Uploader:birkenfeld geobiz de (Gero Birkenfeld)
Architecture:m68k-amigaos; ppc-amigaos
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Converts different playlisttypes to m3u, pls, plain and asx playlists. Also
supports files pointing to an URL.

Coding + Idea: Gero Birkenfeld/ Icons + Graphic: Martin Merz (A massive
thankyou for the free Icons and graphics !!!)
                 Gives at least a professional look !
Testing: Thanx "AlexC" for betatesting...

V 0.9 beta
- beta release for testing

V 1.0
- final release for 68k and PPC Architecture
- support for different languages (#?.locale) file
- support for URLs in a playlist

V 1.1
- adjustments for 4.0 icons (THANX TO Martin Merz !!!!)
- different encoding methods supported for #?.asx playlists:
  - some mp3 players cannot handle asx playlists if you have other characters
then UTF-8 ones in it   - UTF-8 encoding can be changed inside asx playlist into
e.g. ISO-8859-15.
  - So, if you have trouble loading playlists into HTC MP3 Player (maybe other
players as well), check wether your     song titles have "special" characters in
it like "ä", "ü" etc... change last entry in plconv.prefs to desired    
encoding method (e.g. ISO-8859-15 for german character set)

Drag drawer To any place on your harddisk. Language Support (*NEW !!!!!)  see
For OS4.x and above use executable "Playlistconverter", for 68k Systems use
executable 68k_Playlistconverter.
Feel free to rename the executeable file.

You can keep plsconv.prefs from old Beta Version 0.9. Just add four lines at the
end with an editor:

    plscon_german.locale     ; path to language file, if file cannot be opend
English will be used by default     UTF-8
    ; encoding, use "ISO-8859-15" for german playlists, "UTF-8" for

If you rather want to stick to english default language, replace
"plscon_german.locale" with "none"

Just add two lines at the end with an editor:

    ; encoding, use "ISO-8859-15" for german playlists, "UTF-8" for

Input playlisttype will be determined automatically, possible types are:

Windows Media Player = *.m3u (NOT 100% IMPLEMENTED SOME WORK/ SOME DON'T)
Winamp = *.m3u, *.pls
Tunenet = *.m3u (slightly different to winamp)
MASplayer, Amigaamp,... = plain textfile with pathes

All possible output playlisttypes will be generated anyway. These are:

Winamp, Tunenet = *.m3u (Tunenet can handle winamp m3u playlists for input)
MASPlayer, Amigaamp = *.pls (plain textfile with pathes)
Windows Media Player, HTC Smartphone MediaPlayer = *.asx

See enclosed example playlists for details

STEP 1: choose source playlist. Type in manually, use filerequester or use
configurable Quicklink         to paste a path into textgadget STEP 2: Choose
where the MP3 files will be saved in relation to playlist. E.g.: If you decide
to copy all mp3 files         from your Desktop to a portable mp3 in just one
directory. You can save the new playlist in the very same dir.
        Therefore choose "Same directory as Playlist". Options are:
        1. "Same directory as Playlist"         2. "In a different directory" =
all MP3 reside in the same directory, but playlist can be saved somewhere else.
           You will be prompted to enter the path/directory where your mp3 files
reside. This info will be written to            your new playlist (This is what
I mostly use for portable mp3 players. Because not all my mp3 will be stored    
       on the portable mp3 device         3. "In different subdirectories" = mp3
files reside in different directories/subdirectories. You should not change     
      pathes inside the new playlist, unless you want to replace only a certain
piece of the path. E.g. On my Windows PC            all mp3 are stored in
"C:\MP3\xx" (xx stands for Artist, and may hold some more subdirs named by
           I shift all mp3 to my Amiga into "Media:MP3Files". Search for
"C:\MP3" and replace it with "Media:MP3Files".
        4. "Stay where they are" = Playlist will just be converted. There won't
be any sort of "path adjustment" STEP 3: Enter, pathes etc. which will be
written to new playlist (according to selection in STEP 2). There is also a     
   Quicklink functionallity, to paste predefined strings/text into the
STEP 4: asx playlists will store an playlistname internally, this name can be
different from Playlist Filename.
STEP 5: Define output name. To not enter and the fileextension. E.g. RAM:New
will generate three playlists in RAM:
        "new.asx", "new.pls" and "new.m3u". Type in manually, use filerequester
or use configurable Quicklink         to paste a path into textgadget.
STEP 6: Summary, press "GO" to start conversion. You can choose wether you want
WinXP compatible or AMIGA OS compatible         playlists (Win: C:\MP3\Files\  
AMIGA:  DH3:MP3/Files/)

you can edit the file plsconv.prefs inside your Playlistconverter directory
using a texteditor. This file holds:
1: Default pathes for Stringgadgets
2: Default filenames and pathes for Filerequester
3: Default text for "Quickpath" buttons
4: Path to language file ("plscon_german.locale" or "none")  *NEW !!!!
5: Encoding method for #?.asx playlists

As you can see currently supported are only default english language as well as
german language. If you want to use German language replace the line stating
"none" with your path to language file.
Which is normally just "plscon_german.locale". If you want to revert to English
language, edit plsconv.prefs again and replace "plscon_german.locale" line with

If you want to use other characters then standard UTF-8 ones (e.g. German titles
in a playlist holding german characters like ö,ä,ü...)
edit last entry in plsconv.prefs from "UTF-8" to "ISO-8859-15".

See comments inside plsconv.prefs for details.

For further support contact:

           at        dot
birkenfeld   geobiz     de

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