SanDisk Fanatic
Posts: 388
Registered: ‎09-12-2015

Re: M3U playlist empty

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Really sorry about your frustrations with the manual effort required to copy music subfolders into the main Music folder on your Clip Sport Plus.     Seems to me you are more than half-way to your desired result !!

     My suggestion for you is to try using the batch file idea as described above.

     Paste a copy of the simple batch text file (saved as Playlist.bat) into your copied music subfolder on your CS+.

     Then use Win File Explorer to double-click on the Playlist.bat file and it will automatically create a working m3u file.  

           (You should rename to a helpful name, like NewMusic1.m3u)


Maybe this is too tedious for you, but it really should work !!!

Posts: 13
Registered: ‎02-23-2008

Re: M3U playlist empty

wow...have to love posts getting deleted. I'm guessing if you don't have a hard on for the Clip, your post get deleted by mods. how lovely.


While I appreciate the attempt to help, tedious is not what I want to deal with when creating a simple playlist and transferring it over to my player. This is 2017. I'm not in my way back machine doing this on my Rio Carbon.t Which by the way had less fuss getting playlists on it. And this is what, the 7th generation Clip? Why are we taking steps backward to do simple things that should be effortless.


Then again, why do we have a bloated Clip that lost a card slot and only gained bluetooth? Why has this device needlessly grown over the years? Why has the choice in plastic gone on the cheap so it looks more like a Hasbro toy than an mp3 player? Why has the UI not improved?  Yet the price tag has grown right along with the player's size.


Despite the market for mp3 dwindling, there is still a market for these small players. You can go upscale with the Shanling M1 like I did. You can make a mostly lateral move to the Agptek:

And deal with the quirks until their firmware gets ironed out. I have more faith in them than I do in Sandisk putting out a product I'd want to use at this point.


And the Agptek is half the price and sized in line with the smaller previous gen Clips.

Sport Plus 2.60 x 1.74 x 0.68 in
Agptek       2.32 x 1.42 x 0.63 in


Ridiculous how bloated the Clip has become. Mine is going back to Best Buy on my way home from the shore since my Shanling is waiting for me at home. Picture the Creative M300 meets the 6th gen ipod nano.


I honestly don't know why people keep buying these when they do zero to innovate or even evolve the line.

Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-25-2017

Re: M3U playlist empty

Hi, my SanDisk playlist is reading"empty". I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Can someone guide me step by step how to convert and load songs on playlist. I'm using SD micro on a SanDisk
SanDisk Fanatic
Posts: 388
Registered: ‎09-12-2015

Re: M3U playlist empty

Take a look at this message on the SanDisk Forum. This batch file method is the simplest way I have found to create m3u Playlists for my Clip Sport.

Posts: 3
Registered: ‎06-22-2010

Re: M3U playlist empty

I'm having a similar problem on my Sansa Clip Voice (a regional version of the Sport Plus). I have custom M3U playlists containing random songs from throughout my music tree, and certain seemingly arbitrary songs are missing from the playlist.


I could find nothing in common between these files myself, but somebody else on another forum solved the issue for me. They're all songs that, somewhere in their tree, have a folder whose first few letters are identical to some other folder. For example, if I have two folders:


Music\Soundtracks\Video Game Soundtracks\Final Fantasy VIII\OST-1\




Music\Soundtracks\Video Game Soundtracks\Final Fantasy VII\Original Soundtrack\


then any MP3 files that are found in the first folder can't be pointed to in a playlist. The reason is because the Sansa Clip looks under Video Game Soundtracks for the Final Fantasy VIII folder, finds the incredibly similar Final Fantasy VII folder, and decides to go down that path instead. It then, of course, can't find the file it's looking for.


The files are of course still accessible through all other means (Folder, Albums, Songs, etc.)



Please fix this in the next firmware update!

Posts: 1
Registered: ‎12-06-2017

Re: M3U playlist empty -SIMPLE SOLUTION

The reason the playlists are empty is because the instructions in the owner's manual for creating a  playlist are INCORRECT!

It only took me about 8 hours to figure this out.


The instructions tell you to place all the mp3's you want in your playlist into a folder on your computer, then drag it into Windows Media Player.  This is WRONG!  If you do this, an M3U file will be created that tells your player to go find the mp3 file on your computer, not on the mp3 player.  So, since it can't find it, it says the playlist is empty.


Here are the correct instructions:

  1. Put all of your songs on the mp3 player in the Music folder.  It doesn't matter if they are in folders, subfolders or no folders.
  2. Drag each song you want in your playlist from the player onto Windows Media Player on your computer.
  3. Click "Save as..." and save the playlist to anywhere on your computer (let's say Desktop).  Make sure you select file type "M3U".
  4. Find the M3U file on your Desktop and drag it to the Playlist folder on the player.
  5. That's it.  You're done!