How to Create and Save a Playlist in VLC

We handle a good amount of multimedia content, all through certain specific programs for it such as Kodi , MPC-HC, or VLC, among others. These allow us to play both audio and videos, but each one tends to focus a little more on one type of file.

This is the case, for example, of the application that we are going to talk about in these same lines. In fact it is one of the most powerful and used multimedia solutions that we can find in these moments, we refer to VLC Media Player . Well, as many of you may already know first hand, the VLC player allows us to create playlists. However, they are somewhat different from what we are used to on other platforms such as Spotify or YouTube.

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VLC focuses more on working with videos than with audio

Keep in mind that in this case a playlist is basically made up of a group of files that we want to play one after the other. So much so that from the start we cannot give a name to this playlist in VLC . At the same time, when we create a new one, we lose the old one. The reason for this method of operation is basically because the program focuses on playing videos.

It is true that the program supports a multitude of audio formats, so it can also function as a music player. But as we say, its main objective is video, so the lists we create are different from what we do on Spotify, for example. Therefore, in the event that we want or need to create a playlist , in addition to saving it for later, let’s see the steps to take.

The first thing we must do is open the VLC player as such so that its main interface appears. Then we place you in the View / Playlist menu, where we have to add the files that we want to include in the playlist that we are creating.

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This is something we can achieve by simply dragging music files from Windows File Explorer. Thus, once we have created the playlist, we are in the menu option Medium / Save playlist.

Create music playlists in VLC

Next we will have to assign a name to the new list, for example depending on the type of music or environment. It will be then that the VLC itself will create the file that will contain the list, all in an XSPF format . So from that point on, in the future whenever we want to play that same playlist, we just have to double click the XSPF file to open it in VLC.

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Of course, at this point there are several aspects that we should take into consideration. For example, the files included in it are saved with their name and location in the mentioned XSPF file. If one of the files is moved or renamed, the playlist cannot find or play it. Therefore, most likely, this will return an error .

Also if we change the computer or operating system , the files that are part of the list will have to be saved in the same disk path where they were when it was created. To finish we will say that elements of this type created in VLC do not have access to an online database, as happens in Spotify.