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I sort my songs into a variety of playlists corresponding to different 'moods' I might have as I listen to them, and some songs fit for more than one kind of mood (e.g. a jazz song might be 'stylish' and 'emotional', or something to that effect). I also give them star ratings for a general sort of opinion about them.

I want to filter and sort my media library by the moods I want or don't want, as well as by star rating. I can't seem to use Winamp's dynamic playlists to generate lists from existing filesystem playlists (e.g. songs in a given .m3u files). Hand-tagging files with Winamp's tag editor is a royal pain. It's trouble enough just giving a star rating and sorting into playlists as is.

If there is there a way to mass tag (with appending instead of overriding?) songs within each playlist with mood words to allow me to create dynamic playlists, I'd be fine (for now). It'd be nice if I could do this via some kind of hotkey for each song, too. I'm looking to see if I can use a macro program or something to do that, though.

Edit: Problem! I can't easily get into my winamp playlists on the file system! They're apparently stored in unlabeled .m3u8 files in Winamp's AppData folder. I can get to them, but this is inconvenient.

Edit: Okay, I can use Dropbox (Ctrl+Shift+D) in Winamp to work around this annoyance. Somewhat.

Note: Italics are recent edits.

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I've updated my question to be more clear. Sorry was having trouble defining my problem earlier. –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 6:56
try not to make so many edits to your question. in case you hadn't noticed, your recent series of edits has tripped the Community Wiki flag. if you don't want this to happen on future questions, try to make all your changes in a single edit. –  quack quixote May 11 '10 at 8:21
@quack: I've waited over a week for a good answer, so I'm now trying to solve the question myself (though thanks for the tip, Martin!). I update information as my progress evolves, which I cannot predict enough to consolidate into single edits. Sorry, that's just how I do things. –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 8:42
@Daddy: fair enough; i'm just making sure you understand the site. if you're working on a solution, consider posting that into an answer instead of modifying the question. –  quack quixote May 11 '10 at 9:04
@quack: When I work out a solution, I'll do that. Part of my problem was figuring out how to define my problem, which depended on information I was unaware of at the time (Winamp's 'dynamic playlists' feature, 'dropbox', mass tagging, custom tags, etc.). I still don't have a good solution yet, though. –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 9:14

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You can use a tool like MP3tag to tag your songs corresponding to your mood. Just add a custom tag for your purpose. You can use winamp itself for tagging, but I find MP3tag more convenient. After that, you can use dynamic playlists in Winamp.

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If this lets me mass tag all songs in my sorted .m3u playlists, that might help solve part of my problem. Looking into it now. –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 7:02
Alright, I got as far as adding custom tags, but I can't seem to get dynamic playlists to be using them. What's the query I need? I don't want to cannibalize an existing tag field, if I can avoid it (which seems to work, though). –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 8:10
The 'custom' query appears not to recognize tag fields that aren't in the main list. This is odd. –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 9:17
In Winamp in the 'custom' query you should have a query generator where you can pick some tags. Your own tag is not in the list, but you can type your own query in the text box below. Please, try 'mood=="sad"' (if mood is the name of your custom tag). Does this work? –  Martin May 11 '10 at 9:26
Evidently not. I hope I'm not simply doing something wrong, though. Also, it appears the set of valid fields is even more limited than what is available in the list (basically only the ones visible in the ID3v2 tab under the file info dialog). That's my theory, at least... –  Daddy Warbox May 11 '10 at 9:58

This should be possible in ITunes <- read the article probably it could be relevant.

One more must see article. of an app for itunes called Moody

These are just some leads please don't be mad if they are not what you want ;)

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