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What is XSPF? 
XSPF is an XML playlist format. It is different from other formats in a few ways. One, the only open/nonproprietary format is SMIL, but SMIL is really not a playlist format, it's an idea for a type of application, and that application is not the same kind of thing as an MP3 player. Two, the only other playlist format that the drafters did a really careful job with is SMIL, all the others, like M3U, are so half assed that they have a lot of unfixable bugs. Three, XSPF is very internet friendly, so playlists can go from one machine to another.