Old 21st August 2010, 19:34   #1
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Export Playlist as text

I'm looking for a way to export what I have in Winamp's Media Library Playlist screen as text, not as playlist files. I want an easy way to send and post what I have for an album collection. Is there any way to do this?

I know I could just open up note pad and start typing, but I have over 300 playlist files already and that only covers the alphabet from A-P.
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Old 21st August 2010, 23:03   #2
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That is not a native function of Winamp. However, there is a roundabout way of doing that. In Winamp's main playlist editor, you can export the playlist to a HTML file. It will not contain the location of the files, it is just a way of listing what you have. The resulting list will reflect what you see in the playlist editor, but in a more fancier way than a text file.

While the playlist window is in focus, press Ctrl+Alt+G, a HTML playlist will pop up in your internet browser. Alternately you can use the playlist buttons.
Misc > Misc (MiSC OPTS in classic skins) > select "Generate HTML playlist". That will cause a HTML playlist (non-interactive) to pop up in your default Internet browser.
Then depending on you preference you can...
  • Print from the browser
  • Copy & paste the text to a word processor or text editor
  • Export the file from the browser to a word processor
  • Use the Import function on your word processor
  • or, just simply save the HTML playlist "as is"

If you want to print ML playlists, you will need to import them form the ML to the playlist editor. In the playlist editor click on the Manage Playlist (or Playlist, List, List Opt, etc) button (right click if using a classic skin) > select 'Open playlist from media library' > select playlist of choice. If you want to add all the ML playlists to the main playlist editor, you can do that from the ML playlists. Right click on one of the playlist (playlist name) and select eaqueue. Then do the same of each of the playlists in the ML.

As mentioned above it is a roundabout way, but it will get the job done.

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Old 22nd August 2010, 19:24   #3
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I want to thank you for your help. I learned something new about Winamp today, and you introduced it to me. This will help me organize songs at a later date.

However, the playlists generated this way isn't exactly what I'm looking for. When I export, it shows each individual song, rather than the playlist file title I'm looking for.

I want:

Aerosmith - Big Ones
Alestorm - Black Sails at Midnight
Animaniacs - Animaniacs
Art of Noise - Invisible Silence

What I get instead is:

1. Aerosmith - Walk on Water (4:55)
2. Aerosmith - Love in an Elevator (5:21)
3. Aerosmith - Rag Doll (4:24)
4. Aerosmith - What It Takes (5:10)...

I'd like to be able to point to a list whenever someone asks me, "What albums do you own?"
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Old 23rd August 2010, 09:19   #4
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from a read through of this thread, it's been a bit vague as to what exactly is being requested so when you want an export, is it the list in the library tree / root of the playlists view? as reading it initially i can see why JonnyMac made his suggestion.

if it is the list in the tree / library root then there is a way to export that list simply (without having to mess around with playlists.xml as i don't think you want to have to strip out the xml data everytime) though this all depends on how you've named your playlist entries.

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Old 24th August 2010, 19:30   #5
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I would like a text list of the items shown on the right of the attached image:
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Old 24th August 2010, 19:46   #6
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rightio, so it is the complete playlists list instead of the content of the playlists. should be able to sort something out over the next few days... and you just want the title and how do you want the file encoded ie unicode/ansi/utf-8 or shall i just make it configurable?

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rightio, so it is the complete playlists list instead of the content of the playlists. should be able to sort something out over the next few days... and you just want the title and how do you want the file encoded ie unicode/ansi/utf-8 or shall i just make it configurable?

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Mostly, I'd like to be able to have a text list compatible with Notepad (for example *.txt) or something similar so that I can print it out legibly, change it into a Word *.doc, or upload it as a simple web page. I wan't to be able to point to it when someone asks me, "what kind of music to you like?" and I can answer, "These are the albums I own, I have an eclectic taste."

I don't need the number of tracks or the length of the play lists for that. This picture is not complete, there is more that I can scroll down to see, not shown in this image that I would like to include.
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Old 24th August 2010, 20:23   #8
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that pretty much answers what i need. what i produce will be a bit more generalised as i'm sure some other people could do with such a feature so it'll also be able to optionally output the playlist count and duration. will have it as a right-click option on the playlist node and also in the list and i might be able to add in an accelerator to do it as well but i can't remember if that's simple or not with 5.5x+ clients (i only create plug-ins which support 5.5 and higher nowadays).

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Old 8th September 2010, 14:43   #9
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Scarecrow237: pm has been sent with a link to a test version to try out (am only 1.5 weeks later on when i'd intended to work on this, heh).

i've changed how it integrates slightly from what i was first intending to as i'm making the plug-in a bit more generic to allow for the export of other information from the library like a history export (from here (still to be started on) and a few other things that i've still to work on.

as well it allows for exporting of the playlist list as txt (there options in the config settings for the plug-in to control what is output - may require some more tweaking), m3u, pls, m3u8 and csv file. this can be accessed from the export submenu from the 'library' button in the library view or if using a modern skin (which supports it) the file->export menu.

let me know how things go with the test version.

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I would like a text list of the items shown on the right of the attached image:
scarecrow, how did you create this view of just albums list?

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Scarecrow237: pm has been sent with a link to a test version to try out (am only 1.5 weeks later on when i'd intended to work on this, heh).

i've changed how it integrates slightly from what i was first intending to as i'm making the plug-in a bit more generic to allow for the export of other information from the library like a history export (from here (still to be started on) and a few other things that i've still to work on.

as well it allows for exporting of the playlist list as txt (there options in the config settings for the plug-in to control what is output - may require some more tweaking), m3u, pls, m3u8 and csv file. this can be accessed from the export submenu from the 'library' button in the library view or if using a modern skin (which supports it) the file->export menu.

let me know how things go with the test version.

-daz
so sorry to bump this but i am looking for this exact same thing! - the ability to list just artist and album (not tracks) and copy or export to txt or doc. sounds like there was something created to do this??? that would really make my day!!!!
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Old 25th May 2015, 18:43   #11
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http://winampplugins.co.uk/mlexporter.html is the plug-in that evolved out of what you've quoted.
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