I am a VERY new owner of a Fuze, very new to mp3 for that matter. As a newbie I have just spent about a week going around and around trying to get music management the way that I want it. It’s all here in the forum and will seem obvious to many, but I thought a summary might be useful.
I have a 4GB Fuze and a 4GB uSD, with about 6GB used (1200 songs, more or less). I use the MSC USB mode and Windows Explorer drag-and-drop to sync(1). I have a single .pla playlist, with all the songs in random order, generated with Winamp & converted with Playlist.exe.
With the Fuze connected to my PC and using the Winamp “PLAYLIST EDITOR”:
File/Add-folder, then select SANSA FUZE (H:)/MUSIC in the popup window
File/Add-folder, then select Removable Disk (I:)/MUSIC in the popup window
File/Save-playlist to SANSA FUZE (H:)/PLAYLISTS (m3u format)
Note that the playlist is being created from the Fuze files, NOT the PC’s. Note also that the PLAYLISTS folder was not on the Fuze and I had to create it. Its use is required for Playlist.exe.
See (2) for using drag-and-drop to create a Winamp playlist.
I have Playlist.exe(3) in the SANSA FUZE (H:)/PLAYLISTS folder and use Windows Explorer to run it. It uses a popup window to ask for the drive letters for the internal and external “disks” (H & I for me). Playlist.exe assumes (REQUIRES) that your music be in “MUSIC” folders on the Fuze drives and that the playlist be in the “PLAYLISTS” folder. It will give a fatal “Path not found” error otherwise.
Clicking the “Create Playlist” button creates a .pla playlist from the .m3u one that Winamp created. Same name. I delete the .m3u playlist so that my Fuze only sees the .pla. DONE!
Fast, simple, easy.
(1)Drag-and-drop syncing (TAPEWORM):
(2)Drag-and-drop playlist creation (TAPEWORM):