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SanDisk Professor
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Registered: ‎09-12-2015

Re: Random problem in playlists

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Congratulations on solving your question about repeating audio file entries within a Playlist text file.

 

Your detailed explanation inspired me to explore the possible differences between end-of-line characters used by TextEdit (Mac app) and Notepad (Win exe ).  I think the Mac end-of-line character produced by TextEdit  (LF only) is not compatible with the end-of-line characters that the Clip Sport (and Clip Jam) require to properly read successive lines in Playlist files (CR and LF).

       Your clever solution is to clone a text line produced by mp3tag and then change the internal  information without deleting the hidden end-of-line characters (for CR and LF).

           Here is an introduction to this complicated topic.

            https://www.editpadpro.com/tricklinebreak.html

 

There are likely a wide variety of solutions to the Mac TextEdit end-of-line limitation for your needs. Here are two.

    1) Create a simple text file with several end-of-line entries copied from a working Playlist file. Use this separate file as a "copy and Paste" resource for your future endeavors.

    2) Use the text editor app NOTEPAD++ that is available with "Wine Bottler for OSX"

           http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/

         (Wine Bottler is the app the authors of mp3tag use to make their Mac-compatible version.)

 

Newbie
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎09-09-2017

Re: Random problem in playlists

I feel super proud that I managed to do it! It is not like I know a lot about computers. And it is some kind of culture among people who know computers that they think it is beneath them to explain properly. As if I would explain to you when you want to knit a sweater: "Then you do the rib there, You don´t know what a rib is? Hmph! Well, then I can´t help you" haha

Anyway, one more thing: 

The filenames should be different and not to long, for example if you have fifteen files who all start with the artists name, that is confusing for our player. If you use Mp3tag you can first tag the artists names on all the files, and then delete the the artists name from the filename to be only song-name. 

And even one more thing: To be able to use Mp3Tag the program has to be set to certain specifications. Someone in this forum has written about that. (Maybe you?)

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Newbie
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎09-09-2017

Re: Random problem in playlists

About having a source-file for the line endings: I suppose you can just get someone you know to mail you a playlist file (that works) and use that as source. Then it is not even necessary with Mp3Tag.

Newbie
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎09-09-2017

Re: Random problem in playlists

UPDATE June 2019

After Mac updated this solution didnt work any more. In general I started to hate mac, and have gone over to Linux. 
I can open an older / write a new M3U playlist with the normal texteditor, and save it as DOS-text. Some of the texteditors for Linux have this option.

 

OVERVIEW FOR NEW READERS SO YOU DONT HAVE TO READ THE WHOLE THREAD:

1. Filename must be correct - example:   Music\Asian music\Kiha and the faces\Coffee

 

After I updated the Clip with firmware it is not any more necessary to write D:\

 

2. You cant have a lot of filenames that start with the same - don't write for example artist name in the beginning of the filename, then the playlist will just repeat one song.

So the playlist should look something like this:

 

The lines that go #EXTINF:274, young Iranian female voices

is supposedly not necessary. The number shows the length of the song, the rest are just tags


#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:274,Young Iranian female voices - nena
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Nena.mp3
#EXTINF:396,Young Iranian female voices - Masnavi Shoor
Musik\Asia\Iran\Masnavi shoor.mp3
#EXTINF:255,Young Iranian female voices - Heyf
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Heyf.mp3
#EXTINF:113,Young Iranian female voices - Longing
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Longing.mp3
#EXTINF:154,Young Iranian female voices - Farewell
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Farewell.mp3


So if you still have Mac you can probaly make it work if you find a dos editor

SanDisk Professor
Posts: 578
Registered: ‎09-12-2015

Re: Random problem in playlists

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During my exploration of creating Playlists for my Clip Sport, I discovered that it is not necessary to include any information related to #EXTM3U

 

For example, maybe try these lines of text for a TEST PLAYLIST.m3u

 

Musikk\Asia\Iran\Nena.mp3
Musik\Asia\Iran\Masnavi shoor.mp3
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Heyf.mp3
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Longing.mp3
Musikk\Asia\Iran\Farewell.mp3

 

Newbie
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎09-09-2017

Re: Random problem in playlists

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Yes, it worked for me too without the tag-info-line. The text there is the text that scrolls past on the small display when you listen to the song.

 

Also you can make a playlist with songs from different folders as long as you write the path for each song correctly.

 

One more problem that I solved:

 

On one of mye playlists some of the songs didn't work. All of them were in one folder. I had previously had a different folder with the same name that I deleted. I have seen before that things I delete from the player don't always get completely deleted. So I changed the name of the folder, and the path name accordingly, and all worked well.

 

SanDisk Professor
Posts: 578
Registered: ‎09-12-2015

Re: Random problem in playlists

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After re-reading our extended discussion, I checked into the Playlist creation options of "mp3tag".

Under Tools, I found a check-box for "Write Extended Info".  When this box is not checked, mp3tag does not include any text lines with "#EXTM3U".

 

Also, the free software "Wine Bottler" (for MAC OSX) includes a built-in method to install "mp3tag" on a Mac computer.

http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/