Friday, 14 November 2014

Organize Your Media Files with VLC Media Player

When people say music player they usually think about software like iTunes, Winamp and foobar2000. While these are all great programs, another one should make the list, but is usually skipped, on account of its enormous popularity in a different niche:VLC Media Player.

This is probably the world’s favorite video player and is used by many millions of people every day. However, when it comes to music, it gets overlooked. Unfairly so, because this is by far one of the easiest, most user-friendly and least resource-consuming music player on the market.

It didnt always used to be like this. While this has been a great music player from the beginning, its media library used to be rudimentary and rather bad. Organizing your music was a chore on this software, which is why competitors like Winamp and iTunes were more often recommended.

But then it updated and introduced its new media library. There wasn’t a lot of fanfare, no great marketing efforts, but this doesn’t change anything about its value. Its new media library is just as easy and awesome as those of its competitors. And the fact that its integrated with so many of its other attractive functions means that you should definitely consider using it as your primary music player.

VideoLan Client Media Library: How It Works

Simply said, a media library is a permanent repository of your favorite music (and/or videos). You add them to the software and the program will remember them and make them available for you next time you open it up.

Technically speaking, it has a certain xspf file associated with its media library which it updates every time you make changes to your library. When you open VideoLan client, it automatically looks at this file and remembers what you put in it and how you organized it.

Where to Find It

You can find the media library by going to your playlist by pressing CTRL-L on your keyboard or selecting the option in the View menu. Once there, look to the left side of your screen and select Media Library it should be the second option.

VLC Media Library

If you havent used it before, the list will be empty. But dont worry, youll fill it in no time!

How to Use It

Simply drag media files or folders to the media library and drop them there. This media player will automatically create folders for them (though you may have to click them first to register them as folders). Just keep adding more stuff until your’e satisfied and voila: your music collection has been organized.

VLC Media Player

Next time you run the software, it will still all be there. Of course you can sort the list on artist, title, genre, album and more (right click on the area marked by the blue circle to choose new headers and click the headers to sort them) and you can also search for them with the handy search tool at the top right corner.

As you can see, you don’t need iTunes or foobar2000 to organize your media collection. Like always, VLC offers a great and easy solution to this problem as well.


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