Both BlackBerry Smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook support a very common format for playlists called M3U. The problem is that RIM only allows you to edit one playlist on both devices with the other ones having to be created using Desktop Manager, iTunes, or other tools I would rather not use. The M3U file format is a simple text file that lists the songs for the playlist in their relative paths that you will then copy over along with the playlist file.
The thing is there is a powerful and free app I use on my PC called MP3Tag that easily allows you to create these playlist files along with editing all of the other tags and information related to MP3 files. You can also edit your music with fun genres like creating a genre called “HigH Intensity Workout” using MP3Tag and tagging the appropriate songs with it will let you easily find those songs on your BlackBerry or PlayBook. (Thanks Xan for that tip!)
Just as a simple tutorial of how to create additional playlists using MP3Tag:
- Download and install MP3Tag on your Windows PC (Sadly I have not found a comparable program for Macs other than the dreaded iTunes)
- Select the File menu and select Change Directory
- Select the directory you wish to work from to add to your Playlist
- You can add additional directories using File->Add Directory
- Select the File menu and select Playlist(all files) if you wish all files in the directory be added to the Playlist and select the name of the file which will be the name of the Playlist.
- Alternatively select the File menu and select Playlist(selected files) if you wish to only select and highlight certain songs to be added to the Playlist.
- Copy over the MP3 songs along with the M3U Playlist you just created to the Music folder on your BlackBerry PlayBook or smartphone. It will show up next time you fire up the app.
If you ever want to edit a playlist just open it up with notepad or any text editor. It should be pretty self explanatory. Let me know if you have any questions!