Creating Playlists

This will launch the playlist editor and allow you to configure the new playlist. The following fields
are available:
Title
Specifies the title for the playlist. This is used only to help you identify the playlist, and is
completely ignored by Centova Cast. Use a descriptive name like “Heavy rotation” or “Friday
night's top 10 countdown” to ensure that you'll remember what this playlist is for.
Status
Specifies the status of the playlist. If the playlist is Enabled, it will be included in your
stream; if it is Disabled, it will be ignored by Centova Cast and its tracks will never be
played.
Type
Specifies the type of playlist. There are presently 4 playlist types available:
● General Rotation: General rotation playlists are used to play media from your library
when no scheduled, interval, or immediate playlists are due to be played. This is the
“default” playlist type, and most stations spend the majority of their air time playing
random tracks from general rotation playlists.
● Scheduled: Scheduled playlists allow you to schedule a list of tracks to be played at a
specific date and time. These playlists can also be setup to repeat on a schedule, making
them ideal for daily/weekly countdowns or pre-recorded shows.
● Interval: Interval playlists allow you to play tracks at regular intervals of several
minutes or several songs. These playlists are useful for playing frequently-recurring
content, such as station identification or commercial advertisements.
● Immediate: Immediate playlists allow you to queue tracks to be played immediately
after the end of the current track. These playlists are useful for playing tracks on
demand, such as song requests.
For more information about how tracks are selected when multiple playlists of different types
are activated, please see the section entitled Track Selection below.
Playback order
Specifies the track playback order for General Rotation, Scheduled, and Immediate playlists. If
set to Random (shuffled), tracks will be selected at random from the playlist. If set to
Sequential (in order), tracks will be selected in order from the playlist, starting with
the first track, and restarting when the end of the playlist is reached.
The playlist editor also includes a number of additional fields depending on the playlist type. Those are
discussed in the sections following immediately below.

General Rotation Playlist Options
General Rotation playlists include the following additional fields in the playlist editor:
Playback weight
Specifies the “weight” for the playlist, which controls how often tracks from this playlist are
played relative to tracks from other General Rotation playlists. This can be used to ensure that,
for example, new releases (in one playlist) are played more frequently than older tracks (in
another playlist).
Take, for example, a scenario in which you have the following General Rotation playlists:
Title Playback weight
Power rotation 6
Heavy rotation 3
Light rotation 1
In this example, for every 10 tracks that are played, on average, 6 will be selected from the
Power rotation playlist, 3 will be selected from the Heavy rotation playlist, and 1 will be
selected from the Light rotation playlist.
As such, you might place your most popular tracks (new releases, for example) in your Power
rotation playlist, to ensure that they are played most frequently. You might place older
favorites in the Heavy rotation playlist to ensure that they are still played often, though less
often than the new releases. And you might place your less popular tracks in the Light rotation
playlist to ensure that they are played only occasionally.
Activation period
General rotation playlists can also be limited to a specific period of the day.

Scheduled Playlist Options
Scheduled playlists include the following additional fields in the playlist editor:
Scheduled date
Specifies the date on which this playlist should be activated. The playlist will remain inactive
until this date. You may optionally click the “...” button to choose the date visually on a
calendar.
Scheduled time
Specifies the time at which this playlist should be activated, on the date specified in the
Scheduled date field. The playlist will remain inactive until the scheduled date at the scheduled
time.
Important scheduling note: All dates and times will be in the server's time zone unless you have
explicitly configured your time zone on the “Basic Configuration” tab of the “Configure
Server” page.
Repeat schedule
Specifies when (if ever) this playlist should repeat. If enabled, this allows you to have the
tracks in the playlist automatically re-played several times per week, month, or year.
Possible values for this field include:
● Never (one time only): If selected, the playlist will play only at the scheduled date/time.
After it has played, it will effectively be disabled.
● Daily: If selected, the playlist will play every day at the scheduled time, starting on the
scheduled date.
● Weekly: If selected, the playlist will play every week on the selected weekdays, at the
scheduled time, starting on the scheduled date (or rather, on the first selected weekday
after the scheduled date). The weekdays on which the playlist should be activated can
be selected using the Repeat on field, which appears only when the Weekly repeat
schedule is selected.
● Monthly: If selected, the playlist will play every month, on the scheduled day of the
month, at the scheduled time. You can alternately use the Repeat on field, which only
appears when the Monthly repeat schedule is selected, to have the playlist played on the
first or last day of the month instead of on the scheduled day of the month.
Yearly: If selected, the playlist will play every year, on the scheduled day and month, at
the scheduled time.
Playback style
Specifies how tracks are selected from the playlist.
● Play all tracks sequentially (in order)
When selected, Centova Cast will play the all tracks from the playlist, in order, at the
scheduled time.
● Play all tracks randomly (shuffled)
When selected, Centova Cast will play all tracks from the playlist, in random order, at
the scheduled time.
● Play only one randomly selected track from this playlist
When selected, Centova Cast will randomly play a single track from the playlist at the
scheduled time.

Also their is a great tutorial on creating playlists at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGkReXEAbEg

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