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The Playlist pane

Amarok offers excellent playlist management for all of your songs and other audio files. Here you see a short playlist, sorted by album.

Amarok Playlist pane

Basic Playlist Manipulation

Playlist Pop Up Dropper menu

Adding music to your playlist is a simple drag-and-drop, right-click or double-click operation.

Two playlist-related options will be shown in the Context pane in the center (the Pop-Up Dropper, or PUD) when performing a drag-and-drop operation to add music to your current playlist. You can either use Add to Playlist, which will append the songs you have selected, or Replace Playlist, which will replace all the contents of the playlist with your selection.

Alternatively, dragging-and-dropping your selection into a position in the Playlist pane also works.

Right-clicking on a track, album, or selected group will bring up a context menu from which you can Add to Playlist, or Replace Playlist.

Double-clicking a selection or pressing Enter while a track is selected in the Media Sources pane will perform the same as Add to Playlist.

Middle-clicking an item will append it to the playlist and begin playing from the start of the playlist.

If you tell the file browser to open a supported multimedia file, Amarok will append the selected file to the current playlist. Some multimedia files contain playlists themselves or may have playlist files associated by name (e.g. wav with cue). If Amarok detects such an association, it may add several items to the playlist.

Context menu

Right-clicking on any song or album in the playlist will bring up the Playlist context menu.

Queue/Dequeue Track

Queuing a track will temporarily modify the play order without modifying the actual playlist order by setting the user-selected track as the next track.

As many tracks as required can be queued, and the order of queuing is indicated by a green circle with the determined order. Choose the tracks by Shift + Click for a block of tracks, or Ctrl + Click for individual tracks. The order in which the tracks are selected is the determined order.

Tracks can be dequeued by opening the context menu and selecting the Dequeue Track option.

More about the Queue Manager.

Stop Playing After This Track

Choosing this option allows a track to finish, after which Amarok will stop playing . It will be indicated by the stop icon in place of the track number. Selecting this option on a track already marked will unmark it. Only one track in the playlist may be so marked.

Remove From Playlist

This removes the selected track from the current playlist.

Add Position Marker

Adding a position marker is only available for the currently playing track. This will add a bookmark in the seek bar at the top of the Amarok interface.

Show in Media Sources

This displays the track selected in the Media Sources pane, which is on the left by default.

Playlist album menu

These are per-album options which will affect the entire album the track belongs to, rather than the track itself. The options are largely the same as the album menu in the Media Sources pane.

Edit Track Details

This option brings up the Edit Track Details dialog for the selected tracks.

Searching the Playlist

Playlist searching options

Amarok offers powerful searching capabilities for playlists. Simply enter your query for a song into the text box labelled Search playlist and it will match your keywords up against the match criteria you specify in the options menu — for instance, you can choose to search only by Albums and not Artists, or choose to match both of them.

Playlist search bar
Playlist search bar

Pressing the icon moves the selection to the previous search result, and moves to the next result, all without losing focus on the search input box.

The icon in the search field will clear your query.

Enabling Show only matches from the menu will cause your playlist to display only the tracks matching the query.

More about Playlist filtering here.

Sorting Levels and Bookmarking

Playlist sorting and bookmarking toolbar
Sorting Levels
Menu for adding a sorting level

Amarok's robust sorting abilities offer the ability to sort not only by one field of a track, but by many combined in a series of levels.

There are many different modes by which a sorting level can act. For instance, songs can be sorted by their Genre and then their Album.

A sorting level can be added by clicking the right-pointing triangle, which will bring up the menu for adding another sorting level.

Clicking the small triangle on the right of the sorting level's name will cause items in the playlist to switch between ascending and descending order, which is indicated by the direction in which the triangle is pointing — up or down, respectively.

To remove a sorting level, click the name of the sorting level that precedes the one you wish to remove. Multiple sorting levels can be removed — provided that they are all lower in the hierarchy — by clicking on the ancestor of all of them. If you wish to clear all sorting levels, you can click the playlist icon to the left of the first right-pointing arrow.

Bookmarking menu

The bookmarking menu provides options to save your current playlist layout. Clicking Bookmark Playlist Setup will add your playlist layout to the layout bookmarks, which can be viewed in Bookmark Manager.

Copy Current View Bookmark to Clipboard copies an Amarok playlist layout URL to the clipboard, which can be used for backing up your playlist layout.

Playlist Functions

Playlist bottom bar

The bottom bar of the Playlist pane provides various additional options for manipulation of your playlist.

Icon Action
Empty playlist of all playlists, albums and tracks.
Save your playlist. Right-click to rename it, default is the date as a name. Left-click to bring up the Save Playlist menu, to save your playlist file onto the hard drive instead of the database.
Undo your last edit to playlist.
Redo your last undo to playlist.
Scrolls playlist to the track which is currently playing and highlights it — useful for a large playlist.
Set the play mode: repeat tracks, random order, prefer rarely played, etc.
Edit the playlist queue; tracks played first before the playlist resumes. More about the Queue Manager.
Save Playlist menu
Save playlist menu

Left-click to bring up the Save Playlist menu, to save your playlist file onto the hard drive instead of the database.

Track Progression
Track progression menu

The Track Progression menu enables you to modify the order in which Amarok progresses through the tracks in your playlist.

The top half of the menu specifies repeat options — whether songs should be repeated by track, by album or by playlist; whereas the bottom half specifies the order in which the tracks play in — in random order or by favor. Only one type of progression may be selected, e.g. you cannot select both random track and repeat playlist.

Playlist favor menu

Favor is an innovative method to determine the next track to be played when using the random selection mode. The next track to be played can be determined depending on their score (a measure of how often they are played), their user-given rating, or if they have not been recently played.