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XML Shareable Playlist Format

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XML Shareable Playlist Format

Filename extension .xspf
Internet media type application/xspf+xml
Developed by Xiph.Org Foundation
Type of format Playlist
Extended from XML

XML Shareable Playlist Format (XSPF), pronounced spiff,[1] is an Xiph.Org Foundation.

XSPF is a data format for sharing the kind of playlist that can be played on a personal computer or portable device. In the same way that any user on any computer can open any web page, XSPF is intended to provide portability for playlists.


  • Content resolution 1
  • Example of an XSPF 1.0 playlist 2
  • History 3
  • Features 4
  • Software and web playlist converters 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Content resolution

Traditionally playlists have been composed of file paths that pointed to individual titles. This allowed a playlist to be played locally on one machine or shared if the listed file paths were URLs accessible to more than one machine (e.g., on the web). XSPF's meta-data rich open format has permitted a new kind of playlist sharing called content resolution.

A simple form of content resolution is the localisation of a playlist based on metadata. An XSPF-compliant content resolver will open XSPF playlists and search a catalog for every title with , and </tt> tags, then localise the playlist to reference the available matching tracks. A catalog may reference a collection of media files on a local disk, a music subscription service like Yahoo! Music Unlimited, or some other searchable archive. The end result is shareable playlists that are not tied to a specific collection or service. </p> <h2> <span class="mw-headline" id="Example_of_an_XSPF_1.0_playlist">Example of an XSPF 1.0 playlist</span> </h2> <div class="mw-highlight"> <pre style="overflow:auto"> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <playlist version="1" xmlns=""> <trackList> <track> <title>Windows Path file://C:/music/foo.mp3 Linux Path file://media/music/foo.mp3 Relative Path music/foo.mp3 External Example


XSPF was created by an ad hoc working group which kicked off in February 2004, achieved rough consensus on version 0 in April 2004, worked on implementations and fine tuning throughout summer and fall 2004, and declared the tuned version to be version 1 in January 2005.

XSPF is not a recommendation of any standards body besides Xiph.Org Foundation.


Software and web playlist converters

See also

Other playlist file formats
  • ASX - Windows media
  • M3U - The most common playlist format
  • PLS - SHOUTcast
  • WPL - Windows Media Player


  1. ^ "XSPF: XML Shareable Playlist Format: Quick Start". Retrieved 2009-04-23. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Online XSPF Validator
  • XSPF Version 1 specification.
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