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  • neothe0ne
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[1.2.9] m3u playlists don't support UTF-8 / Unicode filenames
For as long as I can remember, foobar2000 has never supported Unicode filenames in m3u playlists.

Is there a reason m3u playlists are saved in ANSI and not UTF-8?

  • marc2003
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[1.2.9] m3u playlists don't support UTF-8 / Unicode filenames
Reply #1
it's by design. use m3u8 for unicode.

  • db1989
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[1.2.9] m3u playlists don't support UTF-8 / Unicode filenames
Reply #2
Searching for m3u unicode returns the article on Wikipedia as the first result, whose preview specifies that M3U8 is the Unicode-enabled version of the format. Is there any reason to keep this thread open?

  • derty2
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[1.2.9] m3u playlists don't support UTF-8 / Unicode filenames
Reply #3
>> Is there a reason m3u playlists are saved in ANSI and not UTF-8?

Looking at the Wikipedia page on M3U, it seems that an M3U file is saved in the Windows-1252 format and not specifically as ANSI.

Looking at the Wikipedia page on Windows-1252, it seems there is quite a variety of text available for insertion into the M3U document.

Question to the OP: is there a particular character or characters not available in Windows-1252 which you must use in your M3U document which made you post this thread?

  • neothe0ne
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Reply #4
I seem to remember trying m3u8 before and not getting it to work.  I haven't tried it in years, so I guess that's good to know it actually does work.  You can close this now.

@derty2:
Windows-1252 obviously doesn't support any characters from languages not based on the Latin alphabet.