Playlists Source

Playlists are sources which are created from the tracks available in the Library source. They enable you to gather tracks following a particular 'genre', a specific group of artists, or even tracks that are of a particular 'mood', or whatever you want.

Rhythmbox Music Player has 2 kinds of playlists:

  • Static Playlists
  • Smart Playlists

Rhythmbox lets you burn the tracks of your playlists to an Audio CD.

9.1. Static Playlists

Static playlists are playlists built from tracks dropped from the Library.

9.1.1. Create a static playlist

To create a new playlist, choose Music ▸ Playlist ▸ New Playlist. An empty playlist without name appears in the side pane. Enter a name for the playlist and press Enter.

9.1.2. Add tracks to a playlist

To add tracks to a playlist, select tracks from the track list from the library and drag and drop your selection over the playlist icon in the side pane.

You can also drop over a playlist a genre, an artist, or an album name from the browser, and all the tracks that belongs to the chosen category will be added to the playlist.

You can create a playlist with tracks in one action. Select tracks from the Tracks List, or directly one or more categories from the browser (Genre, Artist or Album) and drop the selection over the Side pane. It will automatically create a named playlist.

9.1.3. Remove tracks from a playlist

To remove tracks from a playlist, first select the tracks to remove, and then you have two methods:

  • Choose Edit ▸ Delete.
  • Right-click over the selection and choose Delete.
This operation deletes the track only from playlist and not from the Library.

9.1.4. Delete a static playlist

To delete a static playlist, select the playlist to delete, then you have two ways to delete it:

  • Choose Edit ▸ Delete.
  • Right-click over the playlist and choose Delete.
This operation deletes only the playlist and not the tracks stored in the playlist deleted.

9.2. Smart Playlists

Smart Playlists are playlists built from criteria, so tracks are added to it dynamically; all of the tracks matching the criteria will be added to the playlist.

9.2.1. Create a smart playlist

To create a new playlist:

  1. Choose Music ▸ Playlist ▸ New Automatic Playlist.
  2. Edit the playlist criteria through the query editor.
  3. Once your criteria have been chosen, click New to create the query.

9.2.2. Edit a smart playlist

Editing a smart playlist lets you modify the criteria set for this playlist. To edit a smart playlist, select the smart playlist, choose Music ▸ Playlist ▸ Edit, and edit the criteria. Once done, choose Close.

9.2.3. Delete a smart playlist

To delete a smart playlist, select the playlist to delete, then you have two ways to delete it:

  • Choose Edit ▸ Delete.
  • Right-click over the playlist and choose Delete.

9.2.4. Use the query editor

Choose the criteria to apply to the rule. If you need one more criteria click on the button Add, a new line appears, and you can set a new criteria.

If you want to limit the number of tracks in the playlist, tick Limit to:, and choose how to limit. You can limit by tracks, by total size (in MB or GB), or by duration (expressed in Minutes).

Once you finish setting the criteria for the playlist, choose New; the playlist query editor window will close, and the playlist will display the tracks matched by your criteria.