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Playlists

To play numerous streams in a particular order, use a playlist. When the first stream in a playlist ends, the player then moves on to the next one, and so on, until the list is completely traversed. Playlist support for RealMedia, Windows Media, and MP3 is handled by the player application. QuickTime handles playlists differently, implementing this feature within the server. RealMedia, Windows Media, and MP3 use metafiles to define their playlists. QuickTime requires configuration through the QTSS or DSS server administrator program. RealMedia, Windows Media, and MP3 (but not QuickTime) make it easy for playlists to contain streams from disparate servers and also can include live streams in a playlist. Occasionally, a playlist is used when placing a brief audio clip as a station ID before a live stream begins. Playlists are most commonly used, however, for on-demand (as opposed to live) streaming audio.

Sometimes playback of a live stream may become disconnected because of temporary network congestion. Using a playlist allows you to list the same live stream multiple times so that the player will immediately attempt to reconnect to the next entry.


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