It is possible to do what you want to do with the Fuze, but it will take a little work. The Fuze doesn’t recognize album art in the MP3 file, only a picture file called folder.jpg (that has to be in the same directory as the song). This means you have to have a directory for every bird, and each directory will have the bird picture and the song(s).
So here are a few options:
Return the Fuze and get another player that supports embedded art. If you’re adding birdsongs a lot, this problem is big enough to warrant a better choice.
Wait for the next Fuze firmware update (should be sometime in the next month) and hope it supports embedded art. This really is a major foul-up on Sandisk’s part, and I’d expect it to be a high priority for them.
Format things so it will work on the Fuze. I know mp3tag can be used for this. It may sound daunting, but it only takes a few minutes.
- Install mp3tag.
- Copy all your songs to a new directory. That way if you mess this up (or Sansa fixes the problem), you’ll still have the original files.
- Make sure you have tags (artist, album, etc) on your songs. The Fuze doesn’t really deal with un-tagged songs well, and you’ll absolutely need them for the following actions. Drag all the songs into mp3tag (actually it seems to work best to drag the directory they’re in), and have a look. If they don’t have consistent tags but do have consistent filenames, you can create tags from the filename (Convert->Filename-Tag).
- Use mp3tag to create a directory for each song. Mark all your songs. Select Convert->Tag-Filename, then put in a format like %artist%-%title%%artist% - %title%. This will create a directory for each of the artist & title tags, with a song title that’s the same name. Use whatever tags will make everything unique. Its OK if the file names are ugly (you won’t see them) as long as they’re unique.
- Create an mp3tag action to put a folder.jpg for each song in the song’s directory. This requires something called an “Action” in mp3tag. Select Convert->Actions. Click on the little star icon (on the right) to create a new action (call it what you like). In the Actions menu, click on the star icon again. Select the “Export cover to file” action. In “Format string for image filename”, just put in folder (don’t put in the .jpg).
- Create the folder.jpg files with mp3tag. Run the album art action. Select all your files, Select Convert->Actions, make sure only your new action is selected, then select OK. BAM, you should have a directory for each song with an associated folder.jpg!
You might want to consider using A USB mode of MSC (on the Fuze, Settings->System Settings->USB Mode). This way you can make changes after you’ve put the songs on the player. Otherwise fixing any tag problem involves deleting it off the player, fixing it on the computer, then putting it back on the player.
I can only help you with playlists if you use MSC mode; I have no idea how to do it otherwise.
- Connect the Fuze, and when it asks you how you want to access it, select Explorer.
- Using Explorer, drag & drop all those directories with music & picture files to the MUSIC directory on the player.
- Now, go into the MUSIC directory on the player. Select all those directories, and drag them into mp3tag.
- Select File->Playlist. When it asks you where to save it, make sure its in the MUSIC directory. It’ll probably try to put it in the first subdirectory, but you don’t want that. Don’t put it in the Playlists directory - that doesn’t work, and I’m not even sure why its there.
Message Edited by bdb on 07-19-2008 08:39 PM