Auto-DJ: How to manage files and playlists. Overview of functions.

Components of the section files

1. Radio status and Auto-DJ control

2. File manager

3. Playlists

Radio status and Auto-DJ control

Radio status and Auto-DJ controls are displayed on each administration page above the menu.
On the left there are 3 icons, reload the panel page, open the radio page and play - listen to the radio.
In the middle, the names of the songs are now Playing and Should be displayed - these lines indicate the playlist, the playback mode (with a number), the position of the song in the playlist and the title itself with a link to copy to the clipboard.

A little lower are the Auto-DJ control buttons:
1. Status - a green circle indicates that the radio is running, and a red circle indicates that it is disabled
2. Stop - completely turns off the radio, this is usually not required
3. Restart - restarts the radio, the restart usually takes place without throwing listeners off the air, but sometimes it happens
4. Turn on the next song - immediately switches the song to the one indicated in the line Should
5. Change the playlist playback mode: 0 - play in order, 1 - randomly and 2 - shuffle the playlist at the end

To the right is the current number of listeners and the current time for which Auto-DJ works and the schedule.
The time zone can be changed in the settings.

File manager

The file manager was created to be as convenient as possible for our users in the likeness of FTP clients and work in Windows.
For convenient management, most of the functions are implemented in the context menu by pressing the right mouse button .
After upgrading this partition, folders and files are not physically linked to the server's file system.
You no longer need to create or delete folders, this happens completely automatically depending on whether there are files in the folder.

How to upload files?

Please note that the files are uploaded and checked for format validity. If in the settings you have specified the conversion of files to your bitrate, for example 128 kbps.
To upload files directly to a new folder, use the quick jump to a new folder function by simply entering the folder name or the entire path.
Then, to download MP3 files, just drag the files selected on the PC directly to the file window . The download of files will take place one by one, and you can add them even during the download process. If you do not want or cannot drag files into the window, then use the file upload icon located on the right or click the right mouse button -> Upload files. At the same time, you can choose to upload several files at once in the window that is familiar to everyone. All actions in the files section are dynamic without reloading the page.

How to manage files?

Many functions have been created to manage folders and files:

1. Manage folders
- creation and deletion is automatic
- to navigate to a new folder, use the text field above the file window
- you can open a folder by double clicking on it
- by pressing the right mouse button, the functions open or rename the folder are available

2. File management
- you can play a file by double clicking on it
- you can download the file to your PC by simply dragging it to your desktop or to a folder on your PC
- by pressing the right mouse button, the functions play, rename, transcode and information about the file are available
- note that not the file names are displayed, but the names of the songs: Artist - Song name , therefore, not the file names are also renamed, but Artist - Song name, which are then displayed in the player (the way the files are displayed can be changed)
- to select files for bulk operations, just click on them with the mouse, you can also select all files at once by checking the box under the file window
- the selected files can be moved to another folder, deleted from the server or added to the playlist , for this use the menu from the right mouse button

3. Add to playlists
- to add files to the playlist, select them by clicking the mouse and when you click the right mouse button, the item -> Add to playlist will appear
- in the form that appears, you can select the desired playlist or specify a new one, as well as set the method for adding selected files
- the add to random checkbox is already selected by default, so the files will be added not in alphabetical order, but randomly
- there are 3 ways to add, at the end of the playlist, after the song with the specified number, insert after a certain number of songs
- after adding files to the playlist, the specified playlist will be updated automatically

Display method Files or Titles

As mentioned earlier, by default, not file names are displayed everywhere, but Artist - Song title originally obtained from meta tags, which also enter the player when listening to the radio. However, you can see the names of the uploaded files at any time by using the selector above the files field. If you choose to display file names, they will be displayed in the radio status, in files and in playlists.

playlists

Playlist management is similar to the file manager, the main functions are available in the context menu.
For more reliable work, we periodically check all playlists for the availability of files in the system.

How to manage playlists?

The following functions are available to you:
- select the desired playlist through the selection field
- deleting the selected playlist by pressing the delete playlist button
- creating a new playlist in the form to the right, if you check the box create a playlist from all files , it will contain all your files
- you can also play the file by double clicking
- you can download the file to your PC by simply dragging it to your desktop or to a folder on your PC
- changing the position of a song in the playlist is done by simply dragging and dropping this song
- deleting songs from the playlist is the same as with files, you need to select the necessary songs and then in the context menu -> Delete selected
- an interesting and important function in the context menu Assign next song, this function is used to set the next song or the next playlist. For example, you can select the desired playlist and assign the next song from it, to speed up the switching, you can use the function include the next song in the Auto-DJ control.

playlist queue

At the very bottom of the page, you can find another function, setting the queue of playlists.
In this field, you can set several playlists in turn, separated by commas, and as soon as one playlist plays to the end, the next one in the list will immediately be included, and the one that lost will be automatically moved to the end of the list. Thus, the one currently playing is displayed first, and the next one is always the second. The playlist queue can be left blank or cleared at any time, then the playlist will play in a circle. Please note, if your playlist plays randomly, then this function will not work.


We hope that this guide will help you understand the administration of your radio, as well as open up some functions that you may not have known about. For other sections of radio control, a manual will be written later. We also have old timesheet documentation .