Detailed Description for the .pls File Extension

.pls File Extension ā€“ A Detailed Description

Two file formats are recorded to be using the .pls file extension. A detailed description of these file types is shared below.

File Type #1 ā€“ Generic Playlist File

The file format PLS is used for storing multimedia playlists. .pls files are generic playlist files that contain a list of audio songs that can be played with the majority of popular media players.

The PLS format is similar to the M3U format that is also used for storing multimedia content. But unlike the M3U file format, .pls files also store information regarding the song title and length of a song. Another difference is that while .m3u files only contain .mp3 files, .pls files can store different audio file formats.

You may create your playlist file using either a media player, such as Winamp or a free playlist creator software.

Names of the programs that can open Playlist (.pls) files

If you use Windows, you may use any of the following programs to open a .pls file:

  • RealNetworks Real Player
  • Nullsoft Winamp Media Player
  • Apple iTunes
  • Roxio Creator 2010
  • QuickTime Player
  • VLC Media Player
  • Foobar2000
  • Voyetra AudioStation

If you use a Mac operating system, you may use any of the following programs to open a .pls file:

  • RealNetworks Real Player
  • Apple iTunes
  • QuickTime Player

Can Microsoft Windows Media Player play .pls files?

Yes, it can if you install the right codec. However, Windows Media Player does not automatically detect .pls file formats and that is why it is better for you to use another media player to play .pls files on your Windows computer.

File Type #2 ā€“ PicoLog Settings File

.pls files are setting files that are used for storing data capture settings for PicoLog, which is a software used for collecting, analyzing, and displaying data.

Name of the program that can play PicoLog Settings (.pls) files in Windows

  • Pico Technology PicoLog

Iā€™m receiving a file type error when I try to play a .pls file with my favorite media player

The first thing you need to do is check whether your media player supports the .pls file format. If it does, but you are unable to open a .pls file, then chances are one or more file openers on your Windows computer are damaged. To fix the issue, use a reliable file extension repair software.