You can change :
  • the direction of the time counter clockwise/counterclockwise by left clicking the icon.
  • the color of the time counter by right clicking the icon.

How to create a playlist :
(The songs will be in alphabetical order)
  1. Go with the browser on the left side of the main window to a directory with mp3 or wav files and - in the right part of the main window, the song box - select the songs with left click while holding the "Control" key.
  2. Right click the selected songs and a new window will pop up. In this window select "Playlist actions".
  3.  A new little window will pop up. Select "Add selected files to m3u".
  4. A Windows(R) browser will pop up. Select an existing playlist or type the name of a new one and left click "Save". You may also double click the list.
  5. A new window will open, where you can select the placement of the new added songs in different ways like
  6. A) before a song, B) after a song, C you may replace one or more songs with the new ones or D) you can first delete songs from the list.
  7. This window will let you also put the new songs into other m3u playlists by left clicking the button "Go to next playlist"
  8. When checking, what you had done,  by going step 1 and 2 and then select "Open m3u", in the selected new or existing playlist the new songs will be in alphabetical order where you placed them.
  9. Select "Random" in the up right corner of the main window and the songs will play randomly once each. If you have checked also the loop checkbox they will play continuously every time in different order.

(but the songs will appear in the order, in which you put them into the m3u playlist.) :
  1. Same as before, but select the songs one by one.
  2. You can also use the "Search" facility of the program to put selected songs in a m3u playlist.
  3. The search facility can be reached by left clicking "Options" and then "Search" in the window, which is popping up.


Time Based Playing
The program THAT'S MP3 starts always with all 3 checkboxes in the
TBP-mode-window down left ENABLED.

That means after power failure the program goes into the panic directory and plays from there until the next m3u playlist file is due to be activated. Then it switches to play that m3u playlist.

The reason is to avoid that the program starts to play the actual playlist (on a timely basis) after power failure.

We want the program to behave like this, because at radio stations every m3u playlist begins with special files with a + , which are not only commercials but also contain a mp3 file, which says the time at full and half hours. If the power failure occurs at e.g. 23:15 h and the program would directly go into the 23:00 h m3u, play again all commercials and the file with the wrong time announcement.

If we watch the program start and want it to go immediately into TBP mode AND into the actual m3u file, we would hit the STOP button.

We can also change the starting behavior of the program by putting the command 'startnext=no' into the command line.Then the program will go directly into the actual m3u file and play from there.

Is it possible to have a name text after the date in the name of the PLF files? 

Yes, that is possible :

After the date and time we can  put any text into the file name of the PLF file, like this:



Is it possible to have the program in my native language? 

Yes, that is possible :

Just complete the 'language.ini' file in putting in the words and phrases in your native language.

Is it possible to change the black background of the songbox in the main window?

Yes, that is possible:

Just use the 'color.exe' program in the program folder to find a background color and a font color. Then put the numbers for background and font color into the *ini file.

Multiple programs from one computer
We can play multiple programs from one computer:

Just install another sound card - different models of one brand or different brands on your PC.

We tried with a Pentium 4 /2.8GHz PC and 4 different internal and external sound cards of 3 different brands,

a Core 2 Dual/2.66GHz PC and 3 different internal and external sound cards by 3 different brands,

and a Pentium II / 333 MHz laptop with an internal and an external sound card. It works perfectly.

Copy the whole program directory of THAT'S MP3 into a different place and rename it.
Copy the directory back to the hard drive and directory, where the original was.

Rename the *exe file and the *ini file, which are in the new program directory.

Start the new *exe file. The program will start. Go into "Settings", select the sound card and save your settings.

Do the same with the old program and select a different sound card.

Log2m3u is a sub program to THATíS MP3. It helps to create playlists out of existing log files. 

THATíS MP3 creates 2 different log files, one for every mp3 file played and another one for every commercial mp3 file with a "+" in the beginning of the file name. It creates a new log file every day.

The task for Log2m3u is to change the log files or parts of them into m3u playlists.
The procedure is as follows:

1. Open the program by double clicking on the icon.
2. Select the hard drives and folders, where the mp3 files are in.
3. Click the button Scan Folders. When scanning is finished the word "done" appears.
4. Click the button "Open Log" and in the appearing Windows browser go to the directory, where the log files are in (Usually your main hard drive C:\Program Files\AYTO-TBP)
5. Hit the button "Write selected to M3U and select a directory and file name for the new or existing m3u file/playlist.

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