In February 2021, we introduced a new feature: playlists, which allow you to compile a selection of audio tracks to play in sequence.
When practicing mindfulness with a Sangha (a local group), the practice session will often consist of a range of activities. This can include sitting or walking meditations, a song, listening to a Dharma talk, or reading from a book.
When using the Plum Village App to practice alone (or with others), we may also like our practice session to consist of a variety of activities. The playlist feature can support this, for example by creating a playlist which starts with a guided meditation, moves onto a silent meditation, and ends with a practice song.
Alternatively, you may choose to create a playlist simply for the enjoyment of listening to Plum Village songs and chants.
Curating a playlist
First, create a playlist, then add tracks.
Create a playlist
Navigate to Extras (fourth tab) -> Playlists.
Create a new playlist by tapping the add (+) button in the top-right corner.
Enter a name for your playlist, then tap Save.
Your new playlist is currently empty, so you need to add some items.
Adding a track
Any audio track in the Plum Village app can be added to a playlist. Navigate to an item, then tap the ‘Add to playlist button’, in the top-right corner.
Select your playlist, then tap Done.
After tracks have been added, they may be re-ordered at any time. First, navigate to the playlist (Extras -> Playlists -> [your playlist]).
You will see the items in the playlist. To move one of them, press-and-hold it, drag the item up or down, then release your finger to drop it into your preferred position in the sequence.
Playing your playlist
First, navigate to the playlist (Extras -> Playlists -> [your playlist]).
Tap the play icon to start playback from the beginning. Alternatively, tap on any particular item in the playlist to start playing from that track.
To see how much of the current track has been played, tap on the compact player at the bottom:
This will expand to show how much of the track has elapsed:
Future improvements and feedback
The playlist feature is new and we will continue to improve it in future updates. For example, by making it possible to share playlists with friends.
Do you find the playlist feature useful? How could it be improved to better support your practice? We’d love to have your feedback. You can submit ideas and vote on them on our feedback board.