12-12-2010 08:31 PM
Hi all, I'm at my wit's end with some playlist problems, that I think might be a series of bugs. If it's something in my logic, however, please let me know. I'll explain below, with more details but here are the three basic points:
12-15-2010 11:34 AM
It seems the M3U / M3U8 parser will NOT accept subdirectories. At the moment M3U's will only work if you have a flat directory structure with the m3u style playlist in the same folder as the files.
I added a bunch of X-Japan stuff to my player today
Put them on the SD card in the Path : \Music\Music Tracks\X-Japan\*.mp3
I then created two playlists, one called in-dir at \Music\Music Tracks\X-Japan\ and one called out-dir at \Music\Music Tracks\
Both work fine on the computer and Fuze. On the Fuze+ the outdir list shows as empty while the in-dir list is properly populated.
Guess the parser needs a rewrite or something.
12-19-2010 02:14 PM
Kalidor I noticed you are using m3u8 playlists. Would you mind telling me which application you are using to create these, so that music with foreign characters show up in my Fuze. I have been looking for a linux application that would do that and have not found anything.
12-19-2010 02:52 PM
Unfortunatly, I don't think I will be of much help. For testing purposes I've been using winamp. To actually populate my SD cards / player I have a custom program I've been working on that takes the lists I made and saved on my NAS, transfers the linked files, then creates a new m3u8 on the sd card, by creating an empty file with the BOM up front and linking all the copied files. Haven't actually done much of the management on my *nix boxen.
That said, I believe both VLC and XMMS will save m3u8's. VLC saves the wrong file extension (at least on windows) but the BOM is still present so you just need to redo the extension for devices/apps that require the m3u8 file to use the m3u8 extinsion. Sorry for not being as much of a help.
02-09-2011 05:04 PM
I just created an M3U playlist as follows for a test and it is working no problem. I created 3 folders in the music folder for this test i used folders 1, 2, and 3 each containing one song that is in the playlist along with other songs that are not and the m3u playlist is in the root of the music folder.
can you give this a try and let us know if it works for you.
the m3u playlist looks exactly like this
1\25 to life.mp3
3\cold wind blows.mp3
02-09-2011 09:47 PM
to me that's not much better than the existing solutions which is to use MTP transfer with WMP. I want to be able to go into the Fuze + in usb mode and create playlists from music I already have on my player.
02-09-2011 10:00 PM
Thanks for checking. Let me make sure I actually did what you told me to. Here's the file system as I manually created on my SD Card:
- TEST SDCard
|- [ Music ]
|—- [ 1 ]
| |— 25 to life.mp3
|—- [ 2 ]
| |— almost famous.mp3
|—- [ 3 ]
|—- cold wind blows.mp3
I created the M3U by copy pasting your message :
1\25 to life.mp3
3\cold wind blows.mp3
VLC - Works OK
Winamp - Works OK
Car Stereo - Works OK
My Fuze - Works OK
My Fuze+ - playlist <<Empty>>
Wife's Fuze+ - playlist <<Empty>>
So I guess no joy.
I also checked my firmware version to be on the safe side: 01.32.00 A
02-09-2011 10:12 PM
My Apologies Markymays, I think I gave more weight to m3u/m3u8 part of the question then thinking of the procedure.
For myself, I would normally (say for my fuze in which the m3u/m3u8 parser works perfectly) would just drag the audio files I want (or the folders within which they are) into my winamp playlist. Which I would then simply save as an m3u or m3u8 on the files system of which ever flash memory module you are using. (in MSC mode each would load as a seperate drive, and of course I am assuming by USB mode you mean MSC not MTP). Winamp is pretty smart and will save the file relationally instead of globally if its in the same file system (in other words won't reference a drive letter if you are saving it in the same tree).
Of course the problem here is that in order for this to be of any use the parser has to work, which as of right now, I've seen no joy.
As far as MTP mode, your options are limited because MTP mode essentially accesses a bunch of blackboxed api's within the device and those do your playlist for you. You have to rely on whichever program you are using to able to make proper use of those blackboxed interfaces, rather than dealing directly with the file system. (This of course has another nasty side effect in cases of the SD card. An SD card which has an MTP made playlist that I create on my Fuze+ simply won't work one my Fuze without me redoing them on the latter device.)