7th June 2016

I have just significantly extended playlists. They were originally based on JB7 Playlists which were simple because of the small display. The B2 web page lets you build playlists easily so it's easy to build music collections for moods (relaxing, energetic, thought provoking) for occasions (dinner party, Christmas, Aerobics class), people (Dad’s CDs, The Kids), genres (Classical, Pop) or times of your life (Schooldays, courting, Ibiza92).

Use Playlists to avoid “musical car crashes” - you know when Mahler’s Fourth is followed by The Cheeky Girls. You could even compile a don’t play Playlist and then subtract that playlist from All Music so you don’t hear Christmas Carols in Summer or block a particular track that drives you mad - without permanently deleting it.

Here are the new features

  1. Artists in Playlists - previously it was just Albums and Track
  2. Rename Playlists - previously they had fixed names - Red, Yellow, Orange...
  3. More Playlists - previously fixed at seven
  4. Combine Playlists - Append, Merge and even Subtract
  5. Search a Playlist - so you can search just your CDs
  6. Playlists are now included in backup and restore

To Play a Playlist

To Build a Playlist

Drag items from the search window into the playlist.
Drag items within the playlist to re-order
Drag items to the bin to remove from the playlist - doesn't delete the music.

To Create a New Playlist

Press the New button in the Playlists window and complete the dialog.

To Rename a Playlist

Select the Playlist from the dropdown menu and click the rename button. Then complete the dialog. You can rename the original Red, Yellow etc playlists. B2 will remember the original colour and the new playlist will still be "connected" to the playlist button on the remote control.

To combine Playlists

Presss the Mix button in the Playlists window.

This dialog provides three ways of combining two playlists.

I call the first playlist the source playlist and this is unchanged by the operation. The second playlist is the target or destination playlist that will be changed. The target playlist can be a newly created or empty playlist.

The three ways of combining the playlists are selected from the first dropdown and are:

Append - the source playlist is tacked onto the end of the target playlist.
Merge - like append but duplicates are removed.
Subtract - anything in the target which appears in the source is removed.

There is a special All Music playlist in the source dropdown. If you append or merge it you get a playlist containing everything on the hard disk. If you subtract it from another playlist you are left with an empty playlist.

The Mix function has to do some clever things behind the scenes. If you had a playlist that contained just one artist and then subtracted a playlist with just one track by that artist then B2 would "expand" the target playlist into albums and tracks before removing the track. Don't be too surprised to see this sort of thing.

Search within a Playlist