hey BJ, as far as m3u files go that is really easy to work out.... just open as a text file in VB, the first line ignore - m3u headder ID.
second line is the time of the track in seconds (easy to work out mins/secs from that in VB) after the comma is the mp3 title/ID3 tag, etc.
And the third line is the filename relative to the saved location of the m3u playlist.
make sense? or would a small code snippet I wrote help?