Your computer sees file names, like 01-Artist-FirstSong.mp3 .
But the Sansa lists of Artist/Album, etc., are taken from electronic labels in the files called ID3 tags. Otherwise it’s Unknown because the Sansa can’t find those ID3 tags.
Mp3tag, as linked above, will show you if those electronic labels are filled in. Otherwise, you have to fill them in yourself or get them online.
When you install mp3tag, it asks to add itself to Context Menus. Allow that. When it installs, go to Tools/Options/Tags/Mpeg and change Write to ID3v2.3 ISO 8859-1. Save that. Then find the album and right-click on it, and one of the options to open it wil be mp3tag. Open the album and you’ll see the list of song files.
Either there are no tags for Artist/Album, etc., or–because there’s no fully standardized tag format–they are not in the format the Sansa reads: ID3v2.3 ISO 8859-1. (ISO 8859-1 just means Windows basic Roman alphabet.)
Most albums get tagged when they are ripped–converted to mp3. Looks like you got one that wasn’t, or has a different ID3 version. (There’s also v1, v2.1, v2.2 and v2.4.)
If you see Artist, Album, Song Title, etc. already filled in, highlight them all and under File, Save Tag–and since you set the default, it will save them as ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1.
If they are not filled in, leave them all highlighted and type in Album and Artist yourself, in the boxes on the left, to add it to all the files. (Save Tag.) Then under Tag Sources try Amazon. You might be able to get all the song titles filled in automatically that way. Or try freedb, also in the list.
Also, with the files in order, under Tools look for Auto-Numbering Wizard. Make sure they are in playing order from top to bottom, and run the Leading Zeroes option to give you track numbers 01, 02, 03, which are best for the Sansa. I do that with every album before putting it on the Sansa. It takes 2 seconds or less.
Message Edited by c1u31355 on 04-27-2010 02:33 PM