How do I make a playlist that will play songs from both memories?
Your problem is the type/format of playlist files. What tmarkoski said is (partially) true:
[Playlists can contain files from either internal memory or external memory but not both.]
M3u format playlists must only contain files from either the internal memory or external SD card, but not both. Pla format playlists however, can read & play files from both places. These files get placed in the PLAYLIST folder of your device.
I had experience only with .pla playlists with my e260v1 player. When I got a 280v2, I had a heck of a time with playlists. Seems all the rules changed. (The Fuze & Clip have the same processor and so this pertains to them as well.) This forced me to experiment & learn about .m3u playlists. I have found the easiest & most dependable way to create these is with Winamp (as decribed in my earlier post), but I haven’t tried tmarkoski’s program yet.
There was somebody here a few months back that said he had created a script/program to convert .m3u playlist files to .pla format and the resulting conversion would automatically be placed in the PLAYLIST folder. He also claimed that the player would then read & play files from either memory (internal or external). Here is a link to that thread. I tried it and found that it worked, sometimes. It would (in my case) randomly drop songs from the playlist during the conversion process. But the remaining songs did indeed work!
It could be an issue with the way my songs were arranged. I haven’t had the opportunity to go back and ‘play around with it’ since. All my song files are in the MUSIC folder on my player, but on my SDHC card they are just in the root directory, not in a MUSIC folder. This may be a ‘relativity’ issue that prevented it from working as designed. One of these days I’ll go back and stick all the files on my card into a MUSIC folder and then try it again.
Toward the end of the thread on this is a newer version. You might want to try it.
EDIT: I finally got time to play around with this a bit more and my problem was the fact that I did not have my music in a MUSIC folder on my SDHC card. I created one, put all the music in it, and now have created 6 .pla playlists with music from both memory locations and they play fine.
My apologies to Ger, the writer of this little program. It works! Only a 250 song limit though . . .Why?
Message Edited by Tapeworm on 11-07-2008 09:10 AM