Old 23rd May 2002, 19:49   #1
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PLS.. and M3U?

Ok. well i trawled through the search results for this. and found some pretty technical stuff on it. But it didnt really answer my question.

Which is better? If one is better, why?

Thanx for any help on this one guys.

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Old 23rd May 2002, 19:57   #2
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I prefer M3U playlists, as they're very simple. To see the difference create the same playlist and save as a m3u and pls. Then open them both in Notepad.
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Old 23rd May 2002, 21:58   #3
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ahhh, it all becomes clearer..but..

OKk, that helps a lot.. Does this mean that M3U are faster to use/load? cos i cant notice ne difference in loading speeds, even with lists of over 1000 songs long.

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Old 23rd May 2002, 23:42   #4
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Use whatever you're happiest with. Or just toss a coin. It's all good...

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Old 24th May 2002, 04:53   #5
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so why the two of them ?
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Old 24th May 2002, 05:15   #6
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PLS originated from Sonique and M3U came from Winamp (I think). Difrrent people developing diffrent stndards at the same time.
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No, I don't think M3U came from Winamp.
M3U was supported by Win Media Player in the first release of Win95, long before Winamp existed.
If anything, PLS came from Winamp, seeing the MIME Type is audio/scpls which I assume stands for ShoutCast PLayliSt.

M3U is more widely supported by virtually all software players.
A simple M3U playlist can just contain the path to each song on a separate line, eg.
c:\music\mp3\song1.mp3
c:\music\mp3\song2.mp3
c:\music\mp3\song3.mp3
etc

The extra fields (#EXTINF) are created when you save the playlist in Winamp (List button -> save) and all they do is help to make the titles & track times display a bit more quickly when you reload the saved M3U playlist. However, this info will still load even if you just use a simple m3u as in my example above.

PLS playlists are required for use with Shoutcast radio stations, because that's just the way that it is.

Further info:
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=64965
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