IWMPPlaylistArray.Item(index) throws IO exception on Windows 8.1


I have a simple application enumerating Windows Media Player playlists. It just gets name for each playlist and prints it to the console:

class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
        var mediaPlayer = new WindowsMediaPlayer { uiMode = "invisible" };
        var allPlaylists = mediaPlayer.playlistCollection.getAll();

        Console.WriteLine("Found {0} wmp playlists");
        for (int i = 0; i < allPlaylists.count; i++)
                IWMPPlaylist wmpPlaylist = allPlaylists.Item(i); //Exception here!
                Console.WriteLine("Playlist with index {0} has name '{1}'", i, wmpPlaylist.name);
            catch (Exception e)
                Console.WriteLine("Failed to get playlist with index {0} with error '{1}'", i, e.Message);


It works fine on Windows 8 but throws exception on Windows8.1 on attempt to get the playlist item from the IWMPPlaylistArray collection:

System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException was caught HResult=-2147024893 Message=The system cannot find the path specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070003) Source=WMP_POC StackTrace: at WMPLib.IWMPPlaylistArray.Item(Int32 lIndex) at WMP_POC.Program.Main(String[] args) in InnerException:

Also it works fine for user created playlists even on Windows 8.1 but for predefined playlists like 'All Music', 'All Video' the exception is occurs.

Please, help!

asked on Stack Overflow Oct 30, 2013 by Captain O. • edited Oct 30, 2013 by Captain O.

1 Answer


I have investigated more deeply and I have found that “All Music” playlist which should reside in the “C:\Users[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player\Sync Playlists\en-US\00057566” is simply absent on Windows 8.1 while on Windows 8 it exists. And this is seems to be the root cause of the issue.

As I already mentioned on Windows 8.1 the problem exists only for predefined playlists and at the end of the day I have found out the following workaround which is seems to be working on the Windows 8.1. If you want to get "All Music" playlist just use the following code:

IWMPPlaylist allMusicPlaylist = mediaPlayer.mediaCollection.getByAttribute("MediaType", "Audio"); 

By changing "MediaType" attribute according to the table on the msdn you can get "All Video", "All Pictures" etc. predefined playlists.

answered on Stack Overflow Oct 31, 2013 by Captain O.

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