Trouble opening .m3u files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by echochamber, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. echochamber macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    I have a few .m3u playlist files I created on a pc, but when I try to open them in VLC or Itunes they won't open. In Itunes absolutely nothing happens when trying to open the file. In VLC I get a couple errors. One is a 'File reading failed' and the other is 'Your input can't be opened' for each file it tries to read from the playlist. Any playlists created on the Mac work fine. Any ideas on getting the PC created lists to work though?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The .m3u file is a playlist file, containing links to files to be played. If it's created on a PC, the links show Windows file paths, which are invalid on Mac OS X. Short story: you can't open them on a Mac.

    If they happen to refer to web locations, such as streaming files, you can open the .m3u file with TextEdit and copy the URLs.

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