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Removing Item From the Playlist in Windows Store Apps

By Deepak Middha on Oct 12, 2012
In this app I described how to remove a song from the playlist in a Windows Store App using JavaScript.


In this article I describe how to create a Windows Store App for removing a song from the playlist using JavaScript. This article will remove items to the end of an existing playlist (WPL, ZPL, M3U). In the previous article I described how to create and save the media playlist in Windows Store Apps; you can visit it at: Media Playlist In Windows Store Apps using JavaScript.

For the deletion of the item your playlist should contain a minimum of one item; for adding the item please visit the link Adding the item in Playlist in Windows Store Apps using Javascript. I assume you can create a simple Windows Store App using JavaScript. For more help visit Simple Windows Store Apps using JavaScript.

To start the creation of the app, add two JavaScript pages by right-clicking on the js folder in the Solution Explorer and select Add > new item > JavaScript Page and then give an appropriate name. In the same way, add one HTML page to your project.


Write the following code in default.html:

<!DOCTYPE html>



    <meta charset="utf-8" />


    <link rel="stylesheet" href="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/css/ui-light.css" />

    <script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/base.js"></script>

    <script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/ui.js"></script>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/default.css" />

    <script src="/js/script1.js"></script>

    <script src="/js/default.js"></script>


<body role="application" style="background-color:violet">

    <center><div id="rootGrid">


        <div id="content">

            <h1 id="featureLabel"></h1>

            <div id="contentHost"></div>






Write the following code in default.js:

(function () {

    "use strict";


    var appTitle = "Playlists app";


    var pages = [

            { url: "page.html" }



    var audioExtensions = [".wma", ".mp3", ".mp2", ".aac", ".adt", ".adts", ".m4a"];

    var playlistExtensions = [".m3u", ".wpl", ".zpl"];

    var playlist = null;


    var ensureUnsnapped = function () {

        var success = true;

        if (Windows.UI.ViewManagement.ApplicationView.value === Windows.UI.ViewManagement.ApplicationViewState.snapped) {

            success = Windows.UI.ViewManagement.ApplicationView.tryUnsnap();



        if (!success) {

            WinJS.log && WinJS.log("Unable to unsnap the app.", "app", "error");



        return success;



    function activated(eventObject) {

        if (eventObject.detail.kind === Windows.ApplicationModel.Activation.ActivationKind.launch) {

            eventObject.setPromise(WinJS.UI.processAll().then(function () {

                var url = WinJS.Application.sessionState.lastUrl || pages[0].url;

                return WinJS.Navigation.navigate(url);





    WinJS.Navigation.addEventListener("navigated", function (eventObject) {

        var url = eventObject.detail.location;

        var host = document.getElementById("contentHost");

        host.winControl && host.winControl.unload && host.winControl.unload();


        eventObject.detail.setPromise(WinJS.UI.Pages.render(url, host, eventObject.detail.state).then(function () {

            WinJS.Application.sessionState.lastUrl = url;




    WinJS.Namespace.define("Apps", {

        appTitle: appTitle,

        pages: pages,

        audioExtensions: audioExtensions,

        playlistExtensions: playlistExtensions,

        playlist: playlist,

        ensureUnsnapped: ensureUnsnapped



    WinJS.Application.addEventListener("activated", activated, false);



Write the following code in page.html:

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html xmlns="">



    <script src="/js/script.js"></script>



    <div data-win-control="Apps.pageInput">


            This App will remove an item from an existing playlist (WPL, ZPL, M3U).


        <button id="PickPlaylistButton">Pick playlist</button>


    <div data-win-control="Apps.pageOutput">




Write the following code in script.js:

(function () {

    "use strict";

    var page = WinJS.UI.Pages.define("page.html", {

        ready: function (element, options) {

            document.getElementById("PickPlaylistButton").addEventListener("click", removeSong, false);




    function removeSong() {

        if (!Apps.ensureUnsnapped()) {



        var picker = new Windows.Storage.Pickers.FileOpenPicker();

        picker.suggestedStartLocation = Windows.Storage.Pickers.PickerLocationId.musicLibrary;




            .then(function (file) {

                if (file) {

                    return Windows.Media.Playlists.Playlist.loadAsync(file);


                return WinJS.Promise.wrapError("No file picked.");


            .then(function (playlist) {

                Apps.playlist = playlist;


                return Apps.playlist.saveAsync();


            .done(function (file) {

                WinJS.log && WinJS.log("Item removed from end of playlist.", "app", "status");

            }, function (error) {

                WinJS.log && WinJS.log(error, "app", "error");




Write the following code in script1.js:

(function () {

    var pageOutput = WinJS.Class.define(

      function (element, options) {

          element.winControl = this;

          this.element = element;

          new WinJS.Utilities.QueryCollection(element)

                      .setAttribute("role", "region")

                      .setAttribute("aria-labelledby", "outputLabel")

                      .setAttribute("aria-live", "assertive");

 = "output";




      }, {

          _addOutputLabel: function (element) {

              var label = document.createElement("h2");

     = "outputLabel";

              label.textContent = "";

              element.parentNode.insertBefore(label, element);


          _addStatusOutput: function (element) {

              var statusDiv = document.createElement("div");

     = "statusMessage";

              element.insertBefore(statusDiv, element.childNodes[0]);




    var currentpageUrl = null;


    WinJS.Navigation.addEventListener("navigating", function (evt) {

        currentpageUrl = evt.detail.location;



    WinJS.log = function (message, tag, type) {

        var statusDiv = document.getElementById("statusMessage");



    function activated(e) {

        WinJS.Utilities.query("#featureLabel")[0].textContent = Apps.appTitle;



    WinJS.Application.addEventListener("activated", activated, false);

    WinJS.Namespace.define("Apps", {

        pageOutput: pageOutput







In this app I described how to remove a song from the playlist in a Windows Store App using JavaScript. I hope this article has helped you to understand this topic. Please share if you know more about this. Your feedback and constructive contributions are welcome.