04-30-2009 01:25 AM
After purchasing my Sansa Clip (great form factor), I spent countless hours trying to get playlists and podcasts to work properly. Unfortunately the Clip, for all it's tiny brilliance, doesn't have folder based browsing. This makes file navigation a royal pain - especially for podcasts. You'll find plenty of Tagheads who are happy to browse by album, artist or genre - happy to scold everyone who doesn't have their tags in order - and happy to suggest complex workarounds that shouldn't be necessary. It's ridiculous for example to expect people to fart around with tag information every time new podcasts are downloaded.
Hope that relieves a few headaches.
04-30-2009 02:04 AM
So you are saying a windows machine knows how to make a playlist sansa can recognize. Please post the procedure for those with a "real" machine, like a Mac or Linux
04-30-2009 03:28 AM
Note: files placed in the Clip's Podcasts and Audiobooks folders do not need to be tagged; the Clip will use the folder and file names for purposes of display and navigation, in that case.
04-30-2009 05:51 AM
This thread provides a bash script for Linux/Unix machines: linux playlist shell script
04-30-2009 06:38 AM - edited 04-30-2009 06:55 AM
Connect the MP3 player with the USB connector
However, I was reading another post and the same thing is worded differently and it worked.
The above instructions should read:
Go into the new folder you created, highlight all the songs in the folder, then right click and select "make playlist"
But it's still not working for me. I'm getting closer though. I have a playlist folder on my sansa now and I even have a playlist.wpl file in the playlist folder. I can see it via explorer but once I unplug the device, I see nothing
Well, I still see the playlist folder on the device but nothing's in it, just the golist.
Message Edited by billy on 04-30-2009 06:46 AM
Message Edited by billy on 04-30-2009 06:55 AM
04-30-2009 11:44 AM
I GOT IT!!!
I'm not totally sure what the final trick was but here's what I did:
1st! update Windows Media Player to version 11. I've been working on a work computer, had version 9 installed.
Then watch this video http://mp3support.sandisk.com/wmp11/wmp11playlist.wmv
After watching the video, I was able to do what the person was saying but still nothing came up.
After reading more "playlist" post's, I caught onto people talking about MTP mode vs. MSC mode.
I've been tinkering around with these modes all along but now for some reason, my computer is indeed showing the device in 2 different ways when connected to the computer, when before only MTP mode showed the device (via windows explorer)
If the sansa device shows up as a drive letter (via windows explorer) like...Sansa Clip (E), it won't work.
Disconnect it and set the setting to MTP, now re-connect the device.
Now when I look at it via windows Explorer, I see a cute little device and it says: Sansa Clip 4GB, as opposed to an actualy drive letter. (and the file structure looks completly different then when it's connected via MSC mode)
AHHHHH...I just looked under the "playlist" folder on the device and sure enough there's my playlist file and it ends in a .pla extension.
I only made 1 playlist with 1 audio tune for testing reasons, it works.
Now I'll see about making a few more playlist and see how it all comes together.
Unlike some people on these forums, if anyone has questions as to what I did, ask away and I'll try to help.
05-01-2009 01:09 PM
Yeah, I have been using the podcast folder for that. There are some weird aspects, like it doesn't go to the start of each song, but the last place you left off. Audiobooks doesn't work for me when I put music in... just seems to disappear.
01-14-2012 08:35 PM
Thanks so much! I was trying to use Rhapsody and it was making me a crazy person. In the past I used Windows Explorer and folders but not playlists. Appreciate you took the trouble to write it up!