Some winamp playlists don't play, some do?

Bottom line is some, but not all of the playlists that I generated in winamp will not play. The lists show on my Fuze, but refuse to play. The individual songs will play. What am I doing wrong?
Fuze 2G Firmware version V01.01.11A
MSC mode
example of M3U playlist generated by winamp

#EXTINF:391,Arlo Guthrie - Motorcycle (Significance of the Pickle)
60s-arlo guthrie- motorcycle (significance of the pickle) song.mp3
#EXTINF:271,Eric Burdon and the Animals - House of the Rising Sun
60s-eric burdon and the animals- house of the rising sun.mp3
#EXTINF:241,Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
60s-jimi hendrix- all along the watchtower.mp3
60s-jimi hendrix- castles made of sand.mp3
60s-otis redding- (sittin’ on) the dock of the bay.mp3
60s-Steppenwolf- Born To Be Wild.mp3
60s-Traffic- Can’t Find My Way Home.mp3

Most of the songs are encoded at 44khz, 128kbit, joint stereo, no crc bit, no copyright bit, original bit set
Winamp ver. 5.35

Playlist is located in the \Music\ directory, i.e. \Music\60s.m3u.
With the songs located in the \Music\60s folder.

I have other playlists that I generated at the same time using winamp that work fine, for example:

#EXTINF:213,Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed\01-Ten Thousand Fists.mp3
#EXTINF:191,Disturbed - Voices
#EXTINF:226,Disturbed - Just Stop
Disturbed\02-Just Stop.mp3
#EXTINF:202,Disturbed - Guarded
#EXTINF:274,Disturbed - Stupify

The above play lists have been trimmed but the format is similar. Some of the file only have ID3v1 tags hence the missing "#EXTINF:" tag in the playlist file.

Why would the “Disturbed.m3u” playlist work fine on the Fuze but the “60s.m3u” playlist won’t work?

I’ve tried renaming the mp3 files in case there where some illegal characters that the Fuze didn’t like.  I’ve also went through and updated all the id3 tags to version 2.  Neither helped the problem.  

RichM71 wrote:

Playlist is located in the \Music\ directory, i.e. \Music\ 60s.m3u.
With the songs located in the \Music\ 60s folder.

You might try naming your playlist something other than the same name as the folder the music is located in. Your player may be getting confused.

Thanks to Coke60 over on for suggesting that the Fuze has issues with playlists that have numbers in the title.

It also seems to have issue with case sensitivity. For some reason when I renamed the folder “sixties” and regenerated the playlist it wouldn’t work, but if I went in an renamed the folder to “Sixties” and generated the playlist it would work.

So… folders can’t seem to have numbers in them for m3u playlists to work properly. And, the case sensitively seems to need to be specific “title” case style.

Hopefully this can be repaired in a future firmware, as the inablity to use numbers in folder or playlist titles seems odd.

Tapeworm, I don’t think it was the directory being named the same as the playlist.  None of my working playlists have problems being named the same as the directory.  Thanks for the idea.

Message Edited by RichM71 on 07-29-2008 06:38 AM

I guess I was in “the right church, but the wrong pew”. :smiley: I thought it had something to do with the name; I just wasn’t picking up on the “number vs. alpha character” thing.

Smart move in checking other forums! We certainly don’t have a monopoly on info or ideas here. And thanks for “bringing something to the party” by sharing what you found out.

Good to know:


  • No numbers in Playlist Name.
  • Capitalize 1st letter in Playlist Name.