foo_random_pools ~ Random Autoplaylists


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.

www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_random_pools

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.File - Preferences - Tools - Random pools
  • You’ll need to select the “Add …” button which brings up the Random pool criteria form.Preferences - Random Pools - Random Pool - blankFor 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: %path%
    Sort / limit each group: Checked
    Priority: 10Preferences - Random Pools - Edit
  • 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.File - Preferences - Tools - Random pools - Autoadd - Random Blues Album
  • 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.

One response to “foo_random_pools ~ Random Autoplaylists

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