What is .PLS File and how to Open .Pls Format files extension?

By Sidharth | Features

All about PLS files, what to do with them, how to open and play PLS files. If you have any questions about this file format, feel free to ask me.

Here is a basic idea about PLS file extension. The file is basically a playlist containing list of media songs that can be played on MP3 players. The extension .Pls is Playlist representing list of files in a organized form.

The playlist might contain any number of files (songs) — you can add files with different file format or extension in a .PLS extension. The PLS file acts as a reference to the songs which are stored on to your local computer. However, when you open the .pls file on music players, then you have to make sure that:

  • Music player must supports all the formats.
  • If PLS file has different file extensions in them, the music player cannot play such files.

PLS is also referred to as a extension used for downloading and streaming audio songs from the Internet. Some Radios generate PLS files — opening them will give us a list of songs that are streaming.

How to create .PLS File?

Playlist creators and softwares are available for free. You can use these softwares to create a playlist file. For instance, if you have Apple iTunes, create a list of songs and then save it. While saving it, choose “PLS” extension and add a name before it. Next time you will open this file, all the songs will be listed.

We can create a .PLS playlist using Winamp by gathering all the songs and saving them as playlist from the menu option.

How is .M3U Different from PLS?

Like I said (read more about M3U File), M3u is a playlist containing Mp3 music files which can be played only on mp3 players like 1by1 lite player or Winamp.

But .PLS is itself a playlist file which might contain mp3, wma or any other media files in them. M3U files are not playable as they are playlist containing mp3 songs — PLS files can be opened and played only by installing music players such as Winamp or Real player.

PLS has the caching ability which stores information of the media such as song title, length and also provides an ordered arrangement of songs.

How to Open .PLS file Format?

As Microsoft windows softwares cannot detect PLS file format, you must download music players. Some of the popular products used regularly for opening PLS files are as follows: Nullsoft Winamp, Apple iTunes and RealNetwork’s Real player. Any player with built-in codec support can play PLS file, so I would recommend you to check your computer for music players and run the PLS file.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!