How to Use .m3u Playlist Files

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How to Use .m3u Playlist Files

Get an overview of .m3u files and how use them at this Wikipedia entry.

Basically, an .m3u file is just a plain text file that reads URL links to .mp3 files stored on the Internet. You can edit the file (after you download it) to change the order of the songs in the playlist.

I realize some players don’t require downloading the file, but if you know that already, you probably don’t need these instructions!

Here are easy instructions:

1. Download the .m3u file and save it on your computer in a location where you can find it. If you just want to play the file, download it and skip to Step 5.

2. To edit the .m3u file, open it with Notepad or a similar text editor. The file will contain a list of URLs.

3. Do not edit the URLs themselves, but arrange each URL (line of text) in any order you wish. This will become the playlist. The order of the lines determines the playing order of the songs. You can also copythe lines from the file and paste them to another .m3u file to make longer playlists, etc.

4. Save your edits, retaining the .m3u file extension.

5. If you have a player that recognizes .m3u playlist files, double-click the .m3u file to start playing it.

6. If you’re not sure about your media player’s compatibility, drag the .m3u file into iTunes, Winamp, MediaPlayer, VLC, etc. It should start playing after it buffers (streams) the .mp3 file from the Internet.