The playlist types

There are two types of the playlist: static and dynamic.

Static playlist

This is the classic playlist. You can select which tracks will appear in the playlist and in which ordering. The playback will propagate the tracks depending on the playback modes. You can optionally alter the playback track ordering by queuing tracks.

Random Repeat Behavior
None The playback will propagate over the playlist in the order as defined by the playlist.
Track The playback will propagate over the playlist in the random order
Album A first track (first in the album) of random album is picked. The album is played in normal order. Then a first track from another random album is picked etc.
Album/Playlist A first track (first in the playlist) of random album is picked. The album is played in order as defined by the playlist. Then first track from another random album is picked etc.
Album/Track A random track of random album is picked. The album is played in random order. Then a random track from another random album is picked etc.
None The playback is stopped after all tracks were played.
Track A single track is played repeatedly, regardless of the selected Random mode.
Disc Current album is played repeatedly in selected Random mode.
Playlist The playback continues after all tracks were played - first track is chosen depending on the Random mode.
Random/repeat behavior in the static playlist

Dynamic playlist

The dynamic playlist resembles a jukebox: new tracks are queued at the bottom of the playlist, the playback propagates over these tracks and they are eventually removed from the playlist. The dynamic playlist is split into three sections (from top to bottom):

  • The history section - tracks already played are stored here. Oldest tracks are removed automatically, as defined by the history-length configuration option.
  • Currently played track
  • Upcoming tracks - these tracks will eventually be played in the order as they appear in the playlist (the Random mode affects just order of new tracks fed to this upcoming track section)

Generally, the playback continues endlessly as tracks are polled from the collection and added to the upcoming tracks section, depending on currently selected Random mode.

Random Repeat Behavior
None New upcoming tracks are picked using the same strategy as in the Album mode, however selecting this mode will not alter upcoming tracks already present in the playlist.
Track Random tracks are added in front of the playlist from the collection.
Album A first track of random album is picked. The album is played in normal order. Then a first track from another random album is picked etc. Selecting this mode replaces the upcoming tracks section with tracks from the current album.
Album/Playlist Same as the Album random mode.
Album/Track A random track of random album is picked. The album is played in random order. Then a random track from another random album is picked etc.
None Endlessly polls the collection and adds tracks to the upcoming tracks section.
Track A single track is played repeatedly, regardless of the selected Random mode.
Disc Current album is played repeatedly in selected Random mode.
Playlist Same as the None repeat mode.
Random/repeat behavior in the dynamic playlist