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As a follow-up to my post yesterday (10/30), I confirmed the WD MyBookLive with Twonky server (that ships with WDLIVE) will use both m3U and m3u8 filetype playlists.
Using Foobar2000, I was able to quickly create several custom playlists and save them to the "\\\\MyBookLive\\Public\\Shared Music" folder. One can also save the playlists into a folder of your own choosing in the same \\Public directory or you can save them in any subfolder that you want under \\Public. The only limitation seems to be that you can't save them into the top folder \\Public - they have to be in a subfolder in that directory.
You can create any number of playlists and Foobar makes it really easy and fast. You can create playlists of albums, songs, genres or even entire music directories. You can create a playlist for your 30th high school reunion for instance containing only songs from that era. Or, you can create jazz only or rock only playlists. The things you can do with playlists this flexible is endless.
By default, Twonky creates the following folders that are visible to the Oppo BDP 93 from the NETWORK icon. These I think are gathered from the mp3 tags attached to the songs. All your music will be sorted into these folders automatically. Your playlists of course, will be located in the Playlist folder once you create them (and save them as noted above).
Since all my music is FLAC, and if you are like me and you like to sort your music by sound quality or resolution (MP3, CD, HDCD or DVD-A, HD Tracks downloads, etc.), then you can easily create your own folders under the
\\Public directory and Twonky will still see them and you can navigate to these folders from the Oppo by going to the FOLDER group noted above in the Oppo/Twonky interface. I have all my DVD-Audios in one folder. Inside of that folder I have each artist and then each album. I then have a stereo folder and a multi-channel folder under each album. All of these songs will show up in the ALL TRACKS folder in Twonky but since Twonky lists them altogether, it can be hard to find what you are looking for if you have several thousand songs (or more). Thus it might be easier to create your own playlists and/or use your own folders.