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What is the .WPL File Extension?

.WPL File Extension Description:

Windows Media Player (WMP) is an all-in-one application that has the ability to play digital audio and video, store music collections, rip music from CDs, burn audio CDs, view images, synchronize content with MP3 players, and enable the purchase of music from online music stores.

WMP uses several file formats such as WMV (Windows Media Video), WMA (Windows Media Audio), ASF (Advanced Systems Format), and many more. It has its own file format in storing its multimedia playlists called the Windows Playlist. This proprietary file format is saved with the WPL file extension and has the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) type of "application/"

The elements of files with the .wpl file extension are based in XML (Extensible Markup Language) format designed to store and transport data. Its top-level element is known as "smil" (pronounced as "smile") and is known to follow the structure of the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL). This structure allows markup for layout, animations, timing, transitions, etc. as well as the presentation of multimedia items like audio, video, images, and text.

The WPL file extension started with Windows Media Player 9 series as client-side auto playlist. This means that the dynamic playlists that the user creates and saves in WMP use the file extension WPL by default. Playlists contain the customized list of songs that you want to play in WMP and not the actual music files.

Files with the .wpl file extension can be exported from WMP, can be added to your "burn list", and can be burned into audio CDs. And because the files with the .wpl file extension are XML-based, they can be processed with the any scripting language so you can make copies of all the files they contain into a separate directory for CD/DVD burning.

Files with the .wpl file extension can be created manually by dragging the songs you want from your Windows Media Player music library. These are called regular playlists in which you can mix any combination of songs and you can control what you listen to. They do not change unless you add or remove items from them.

However, files with the .wpl file extension can also be created automatically by allowing WMP to help you find, organize and play only the music that you want to hear based on the criteria that you set. Rather than containing stationary set of songs, the contents of files with the .wpl file extension dynamically changes when you make changes to your music library.

Author: Microsoft Corporation
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Related Applications: Windows Media Player
Common Path: C:/ Program Files


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The Standard Cause of .WPL files Errors:

A typical and frequent explanation for .WPL files errors is corruption in the Windows registry - cleaning is necessary to protect against further harm in other applications and/or devices. Dangers include system device damage, blue screen errors and fatal system crashes.

.WPL files Errors - Common Symptoms:

.WPL files errors bring on numerous symptoms, including: pc locks on shut down or start up, softwares freeze up, reduced computer performance, built-in speaker beeps, problems accessing documents, sluggish behaviour and program installation trouble.

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