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Playlist Manager

Playlist-Manager Version 3.1sc allows producers to setup and manage music playlists and injectable jingles or spots into programmed or live playback.

Table View

The table provides overview and basic management of all users on the systems. To add a user, click on  ‘Add Playlist’ icon and you will be redirected to the “Create Playlist” Form. The help icon refers to this manual.

Table View Fields

  • Name: The name or alias of the Playlist
  • Folder: The directory (ordered under the Music folder in the Finder file manager) from which music tracks will be played.
  • Priority: Provides a dropdown for determining the broadcast priority of the selected playlist over other playlists. Important: All Playlist’s must be prioritized lower than DJ’s in order to give DJ’s live broadcasting precedence.
  • Recurrence: Provides a dropdown of scheduling schemas in which the Playlist will broadcast (further scheduling options can be found on the Playlist Editor Form).
  • Actions Toolbar: (to the right of each playlist) Provides advanced playlist management features (more below).

Actions Toolbar

  • Enable: (on/off switch icon) Enable or disable playlist playback.
  • Edit: (user-pencil icon) Opens the Playlist Editor Form.
  • Delete: (user-minus icon [Red]) Deletes a Playlist.

Playlist Editor Form

The Playlist Editor Form allows for more advanced configuration and scheduling of the Playlist.

Playlist Field Descriptions:

  • Name [Required]: Enter a useful display name or alias for the playlist (i.e. My Music, Super Playlist). This is useful for the Playlist profile page on SoniXFM.com. Spaces and special characters are allowed.
  • Folder [Required (Disabled when creating a new playlist)]:The directory (ordered under the Music folder in the Finder file manager) from which music tracks will be played.
  • Shuffle [Optional]: Enables random track shuffling during playback.
  • Repeat [Optional]: Restarts the playlist from the beginning once the end has been reached.
  • Profile: Enter Playlist profile information for display on your SoniXFM.com Station Page (HTML allowed).

Advanced Scheduling Field Descriptions

All advanced event scheduling options are in Server Time (UTC/GMT). Refer to the time utility to translate your local time to server time.

  • Recurrence [Required]: Provides a dropdown of scheduling schemas in which the Playlist will broadcast.
  • Priority [Required]:
  • Provides a dropdown for determining the broadcast priority of the selected playlist over other playlists. Important: All Playlist’s must be prioritized lower than DJ’s in order to give DJ’s live broadcasting precedence.
  • Date Range: Determines the start and end date in which the Playlist will broadcast. Optional: Click the calendar icon next to each field to display the date chooser
  • Start Time: Determines the time in hour:minutes:seconds format for which the Playlist will broadcast. Optional: Click the associated stopwatch icon to display the time chooser.
  • Time Offset: Determines the time in hour:minutes:seconds format for which the Playlist will broadcast. Optional: Click the associated stopwatch icon to display the time chooser
  • Duration: Determines how long in hour:minutes:seconds format for which the Playlist will broadcast. Optional: Click the associated stopwatch icon to display the time chooser

Local Time Conversion

Events are triggered on the server based upon Server Time (UTC). To aid in calculating UTC from your local (computer) time we have provided a clock which displays the current server and local time and timezone offset which can be switched between 24 hour or am/pm format. Using basic math one can calculate the time difference by adding or subtracting the offset value or use the convenient time zone conversion utility (clock icon).

Example:

Spot Injecting Example: Use the following settings to inject a short spot to run all day, every day, every 5 minutes:

  1. Enter a Name for the playlist (i.e. ‘My Playlist’)
  2. Select ‘No’ for the Shuffle setting
  3. Select ‘No’ for the Repeat setting
  4. Set Permissions to “Time Periodic”
  5. Set Start Time to “00:00:00” (tells the scheduler to start at midnight UTC)
  6. Set Duration to “00:05:00” (tells the scheduler to repeat every 5 minutes)
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