I have encountered a problem with long folder names when stored on the external uSD card (does not appear to impact internal storage). I am wondering if there is a workaround to this problem, or other suggestions.
It appears that if the folder name is longer than 28 characters or so, the Clip+ prepends the name with a ‘random’ 8 character sequence and truncates a potion of the folder name. For example, ‘Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ is stored as ‘CBD70000_Harold Melvin & the Blue Not’ or something like that. This folder name mangling is also done when the album name (the subfolder) is similarly long. Normally I am downloading music via playlist (MTP mode - downloaded using MediaMonkey 184.108.40.2064), and this seems to work OK; the songs in these mangled named folders are found OK when I play the playlist on the Clip+. The problem occurs when I download the same playlist again (say, after adding more songs to the playlist). In this case the Clip+ sometimes (always?) chooses a different mangled name (such as ‘3FB10000_Harold Melvin & the Blue Not’), thus I get multiple copies of the same songs (wasting storage space in the uSD card). Oddly enough, I have also seen cases when a long folder name does NOT get mangled on external uSD (i.e. I have also see the non-mangled ‘Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ name in addition to the mangled version on the same uSD card).
One workaround I am considering is moving all my more ‘dynamic’ playlists to internal storage, and to use my external uSD card for the more static lists (that would not be modified and re-downloaded). But I would like to hear if anyone can suggest another fix/workaround. I have not tried reformatting the uSD card - is that worth trying? I did run a chkdsk on the uSD card and that indicated no errors.
Here is what I am running:
Clip+ 8GB, v01.02.15A
Sansa 8GB, external uSD card
Thanks in advance for your help!