As you make your way through the Zype Platform, you might have some questions about the differences between a playlist and a category. At the end of the day, both are used to return a set of videos, but they aren’t exactly the same thing. This blog post will look at categories and playlists and help you better understand how and when to use them.

What are playlists and how do I use them?

A playlist on the Zype Platform is a collection of videos that you assemble under a title. Common playlists might include: Trending Videos, Most Popular, Editor’s Choice, etc. Playlists are great for when you want to create and curate, by hand, a set of videos that might not fall under a specific category.

What are categories and how do I use them?

A category on the Zype Platform is a label that you can create and assign to any number of videos. Common categories for video content might include: Genre, Tag, Type, Season, Series, etc. Categories are more generic than playlists and can be mass assigned to videos in your Video Library.

I’m using the Zype Platform to create a Roku app, what’s the difference for me?

Roku apps will treat categories and playlists the same, as they are both just a collection of videos. For an in-depth guide on how to create your Roku App, make sure you check out this blog post