I sometimes use VLC as an mp3 player and it would be nice if it did automatically load my default playlist when it starts. It is not apparent from the settings within VLC how to accomplish this, but some googling brought up an old blog post from 2007 that explained how to do it. Sort of. The information was outdated, but the remaining piece of the puzzle was provided in one of the comments.
This is how to make VLC automatically load a specific playlist:
- Select the menu Tools->Settings.
- Click to show all settings and not just the simple ones.
- Click on playlist.
- Fill out the path to the playlist in the field “Standard stream”: file:///C:/audio_files/playlist.m3u
- Click Save.
Note that there shall be three slashes after file: and that the slashes shall be forward (/), not backward (\) as is usually the case in file paths on Windows.