Another type of Foobar2000’s playlists are randomly generated autoplaylists where songs, or groups of songs, are selected randomly from a pool of the same. By predefining a subset of a media library, “pools” of refined selections can be created and then drawn from.
foo_random_pools is a foobar2000 component for creating random playlist entries selected and grouped by various pool definitions.
Let’s say you want a playlist of random blues albums from your library.
- First you’ll need to install the foo_random_pools component.
- After you’ve installed foo_random_pools, you’ll need to set up a pool in the File > Preferences > Tools > Random pools sub-menu.
- You’ll need to select the “Add …” button which brings up the Random pool criteria form.For example to make a pool of blues albums use the following criteria:
Name: Album – All Blues
Group: %album artist% – %date% – %album%
Determine probability for picking groups …: Unchecked
Number of groups to add: 1
Filter: (NOT %album artist% IS “Various Artists”) AND (%genre% HAS Blues)
Filter with the content of the target playlist: Unchecked
Number of tracks to add: 0
Number of minutes to add: 0
Number of MBs to add: 0
Limit after sorting: Unchecked
Sort / limit each group: Checked
- Now you have to link pools to a playlist by specifying a name in the Autoadd section’s Playlist patterns field of the Random pools preferences menu.
- Create a new playlist, File>New Playlist Ctrl+N, and name it “Random Blues Album” and then select and display it.
- To add a random blues album to the playlist, select File > Random pools > Album – All Blues. Each time it’s selected, another random blues album will be added to the playlist.