I wrote this tool because I grew tired of manually creating playlists each and every time I added an album to my collection. The tool recurses the directories of a specifically-structured MP3 collection on your hard disk. During the enumeration, several MP3 playlist files are created, allowing you to access your collection via a Web page.
This tool is for you if:
- Your collection contains entire CDs and is arranged by artist and album (see "Directory Structure" below).
- Your collection resides on a machine capable of being a Web server.
If you don't meet the above requirements, then please stop reading here.
|Host Name||Your Web server's host name (e.g., |
server in the URL
|Virtual Directory||The path in the URL that points to your MP3 collection (e.g., |
mp3 in the URL
|MP3 Root Directory||The physical path on disk to your MP3 collection (e.g., |
The playlist generator will work for you if your collection has the following directory structure:
- <MP3 Root>
The artist, album, and song names do not have to be in any particular format; however, I find that prepending the track number to the song name helps if you like to listen to the tracks in the same order that they appear on the CD. A typical directory might look like the following:
- Weird Al Yankovic
- Permanent Record - Al In The Box - Disc 1
- 01 My Bologna.mp3
- 02 Another One Rides The Bus.mp3
- 12 King Of Suede.mp3
The physical path on disk to such a directory would look like this:
<drive letter>:\mp3\Weird Al Yankovic\Permanent Record - Al In The Box - Disc 1\.
Files Created During Execution (.htm and .m3u)
The following files are created during the execution of the MP3 Playlist Generator:
|index.htm||Located in the MP3 Root Directory, this file contains links to all of the generated .m3u files, sorted alphabetically by artist and album. This is the file that you access via the Web server.|
<MP3 Root Directory>\index.htm)
|All.m3u||Located in the MP3 Root Directory, this playlist contains entries for all songs by all artists in your collection|
<MP3 Root Directory>\All.m3u)
|<Artist>.m3u||Located in the artist's directory, these playlists contain entries for all songs in all albums for the specified artist |
<MP3 Root Directory>\Weird Al Yankovic\Weird Al Yankovic.m3u)
|<Album>.m3u||Located in each album's directory, these playlists contain entries for all songs in a particular album.|
<MP3 Root Directory>\Weird Al Yankovic\Permanent Record - Al In The Box - Disc 1\Permanent Record - Al In The Box - Disc 1.m3u)
If the files already exist, their contents are truncated, so each time the program is run, the playlists and the HTML files are all refreshed.
Setting Up Your MP3 Server
In order to access the Web page created by the MP3 Playlist Generator, you will need to enable IIS. Please refer to your OS's documentation on how to install and enable IIS.
Create a Virtual Directory for your MP3 Root Directory
In the IIS MMC snap-in, create a virtual directory for your MP3 Root Directory. Please refer to your OS's documentation on how to create a virtual directory.
Enable Default Document Support for index.htm files
If not already enabled for your Web server, enable default document support for
index.htm files. Please refer to your OS's documentation on how to enable default document support for specific file types.
Running the MP3 Playlist Generator
- Copy the program to anywhere on your hard drive and launch it.
- Insert appropriate values for Host Name, Virtual Directory, and MP3 Root Directory.
- Click the "Generate .m3u Files" button.
That's it! You should now be able to browse to
http://<Host Name>/<Virtual Directory>/ and view a list of your MP3 collection!
This tool is by no means polished. Here is a short list of enhancements that I need to make:
- Add stylesheet for generated HTML file (it's on my home computer, which doesn't have an Internet connection at the moment)
- Persist user's settings in the registry. Currently, they are hard-coded into the app.
- Insert a browse dialog to allow users to browse for their MP3 Root Directory.
- Add a "last generated" timestamp to the HTML file.
- Add statistics to the HTML file (# artists, # albums, # songs).
If you have any features you would like to see, please post them in the forum below.
03 Jul 2003
|Initial public release.|