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Create a Windows Media Player List

, 22 Aug 2006 CPOL
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Create Playlist regardless of Windows recognised format using strings, arrays and files
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This is a very simple application created using various techniques of string manipulations and file manipulations. It is my first project created using C# and .NET as part of learning these new technologies. For beginners, this project does give you an idea of using File Input/Output functions, recursive functions, string manipulations.


This project was created out of my frustration with creating a playlist (*.wpl) in Windows Media Player. It is a time consuming thing to create a playlist manually. I thought that it will give me an opportunity to familiarize myself with arrays, strings and file functions.

Windows Media Player (WMP) adds to its playlist only WMP known file types. For example, if you want to create a playlist from a directory which has files in various formats such as RealPlayer format (obviously, not Microsoft format), WMP ignores those files and adds only WMP recognized formats to the playlist. It is a bit of a pain when I am using WMP to play RealPlayer format files as well.

Using the Code

I have included two source files that have different techniques of using string functions and file I/O.

  • frmCreateWMList_StrArray.cs -> Uses the fixed array of strings formats
  • frmCreateWMList.cs -> Reads file formats from a file, string parsing


  • Enter the directory where your files are located.
  • Select the formats to be included in your playlist.
  • Enter filename to Save playlist As...
  • Press Create to generate the file.

Points of Interest

It is a good start for beginners who are just starting with C# and .NET and want to be familiar with string search, add, join string lists, recursive functions and file I/O.

This can be further developed to support various metadata tags supplied by Windows Media Player SDK.


If you make any bug fixes / changes / improvements to this project, please drop me a line about the changes. However, it is not mandatory to do so.

Why are you waiting?! Let's groove...


  • 22nd August, 2006: Initial post


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

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Suneel has a bachelors degree with honours from University of Technology(RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. He has an over eight years of experience in both development using C/C++, Delphi and Visual Basic for Retail, Banking and Hospitality markets. He currently lives in most beautiful place in New Zealand.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionGood Pinmemberjayant626025-Apr-13 17:37 
Questionplaylist does not open [modified] PinmemberMember 948757825-Feb-13 16:50 
Questionplaylist craetion in windows media player PinmemberAjay108911-Jul-12 0:38 
hello sir
i am creating a media player .I want my playlist Type as all songs coming in first list box,add the seleted songs goes to second listbox by clicking the selected song and clicking on addplaylist button, selected song goes to other second listbox and playlist will be only that selected song as in Vlc media player
hope there will be response from you
Questiondoesn't work anymore PinmemberMickster042-Feb-09 14:52 
AnswerRe: doesn't work anymore Pinmembersuneelp14-Apr-09 12:57 
GeneralRe: doesn't work anymore Pinmembersuneelp21-Apr-09 22:48 
GeneralException PinmemberDungVinh14-Aug-08 0:29 
GeneralRe: Exception Pinmembersuneelp21-Apr-09 22:43 
GeneralRe: Exception Pinmembersuneelp21-Apr-09 22:46 
GeneralRe: Exception Pinmemberspiritdead14-Aug-12 14:38 
Questioncontinuative idea Pinmemberhddfan14-Apr-08 1:39 
Generalvery good Pinmemberpiyush1234-Aug-07 1:29 

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