02-24-2015 11:21 AM
Thank you for these instructions. I've followed them to the letter but am only getting empty .pla files (0 bytes).
I tried downloading the Sansa Clip playlist creator tool that someone recommended but I keep getting an error with that as well: "one or some file paths doesn't exist in player. Tracks without valid paths will not be working."
02-24-2015 06:16 PM - edited 02-24-2015 06:19 PM
I'm not a big playlister, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
.pla playlists always show up as 0 bytes. If I understand it right, they are binary sets of commands that are tiny.
Playlists are lists of instructions. They aren't folders full of music files--they just tell the player "get this file from this directory." Because you are getting the path error, the playlist might be telling the Sansa to look where it can't find the files. It is possible that you have made .pla playlists that are telling the player to get the file from the directory where it is located on your computer--not on the player.
I'm not familiar with this playlist creator tool, but if you can't make the .pla playlists work, it looks like the Playlist Creator can make .m3u playlists instead. They are readable as txt files with Wordpad or Notepad, and you can see where they are telling the player to look for the files.
Another program that was good for making Sansa playlists was Winamp, now discontinued. But you can still find it at www.oldversion.com . You can also try the free version of www.mediamonkey.com, which will make playlists. For both of those, put the Sansa in Settings/System Settings/USB Mode/MSC.
Or you could just use Windows Media Player, though I believe the limitation of WMP is that all the files have to be EITHER in the internal memory or on the card, so it can't bounce back and forth.
03-08-2015 09:46 AM
I gave up on this long ago. Spent countless hours on it. Wanted to have multiple playlists that pulled from both the internal and extended memory. MTP mode won't let you backup playlists that you spent hours on. Thought I had the solution then found out that the Clip only supports a maximum of 999 songs on a playlist. Finally just bought a bigger card, out all my music on the card in MSC mode, installed rockbox, and made my playlists in winamp. all is well now.
10-06-2015 10:55 AM
I did exactly according to your explaination and was so excited to see the playlists finally appear on my Sandisk. Unfortunaltely, after I created 2 different playlists with different songs it appears that the same songs appear on both different playlists...
I tried to do the process opening the files in "Playlists" or in "Music" but the same error occured...
Thanks in advance for your feedback!
01-28-2016 09:05 AM
It depends on the type/format of the playlist files where they need to be. PLA playlist files go in the Playlist folder; M3U playlist files go in the music folder that contains the individual song files.
03-08-2018 01:02 PM
Right making a playlist as described here worked with my wonderful Clip Zip, so I do know how to use it. Unfortunately, I have tried that routine and when I right click to make a playlist, I am not given that chice!
04-10-2018 02:43 PM
I never mucked about with playlists, but had the notion that if I ever wanted to, I'd do it this way (because they look like a royal PITA!):
Get mp3 tag and use one of the more useless categories (and one that rockbox uses) to simply make a batch of tracks with a name: then just use that name as a playlist from the database menu. Make one for every playlist. No limits.