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Newbie
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎03-11-2011

Creating Playlists

Hello folks.  I'm new to the Sansa line of products.  I read through the user manual, and it appears that in order to make playlists I have to use Windows Media Player.  It tells me to synch the device to the computer, make the playlist, and then synch the play list back to the device.

 

The problem is that when I do the initial synch, it adds EVERYTHING to my device, and I do not want that.


I simply want to take files already on the device, make a playlist, and have it show up in the play list menu.  I  know there is this thing called a Go List, but I need more than one play list.

 

Is there ANY other way at all possible other than WMP to make these playlists?  Or is there some way to get WMP to stop adding my entire library to the device?  I dislike WMP to begin with, and try to avoid having to use it at all costs.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

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SanDisk User
Posts: 68
Registered: ‎11-03-2008

Re: Creating Playlists

set your clip to usb msc mode so you can drag and drop files...in this mode it acts like another drive. google m3u maker, its free, copy the program to the clip and make the playlists when the clip is xconnected to the computer by running this little program. i find it works well.

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 16,265
Registered: ‎04-17-2008

Re: Creating Playlists

There are numerous alternatives to WMP as it relates to playlist creation and managing. Several suggestions, procedures, and programs are posted here on the forum; use the Search function to ferret them out. Smiley Happy

Newbie
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Registered: ‎03-11-2011

Re: Creating Playlists

Thank you for your help. I will try this ^_^

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Re: Creating Playlists

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I found the m3u maker program you recommended, and set the clip to msc mode.  I can't find a how-to or user guide for the program though, and it is not acknowledging the files that are already on the clip. 

 

 

SanDisk Guru
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Re: Creating Playlists

 


@Daft_Chic wrote:

 

Just curious, but if I make a playlist in, say, Winamp, it gets an .m3u extension.  If I drag and drop that file into my Playlists folder, would it work just as well?

 


 

As long as you 'instruct' Winamp to see your library as the files located on the player itself, and not from your computer.

 

Here are some step-by-steps for making playlists with Winamp.

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Posts: 14
Registered: ‎03-11-2011

Re: Creating Playlists

Hi.  Thank you for trying to help me out.  When my clip is in MSC mode it shows the music folder as being empty, so I cannot access any of my mp3 files in MSC mode.

 

This is the same problem I had with the m3u maker program which was suggested.

 

I noticed in the clip's user manual that MSC is a Mac compatibility mode, so I thought I'd throw out here that I run Windows Vista...in case that makes a difference in what's going wrong.

 

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SOLVED - Creating Playlists

Okay, so here is what I ended up doing, and it was so simple that I can't believe I didn't just try this to begin with.  With a huge library I would think it's not very practical, but here goes.


I went into the device's Music folder in the "Auto Detect" mode under USB settings, so that my music files would show up.

I  used the CTRL button to select all the songs I wanted in the play list.  Right click >> create play list.  Then I just renamed it.  It shows up in the device's menus and everything as a .PLA file.

 

Thank you to everyone who tried to help me with this.  I may keep working on the problem with music files not showing up, because if I added ALL of my music to the device it would be a huge pain to do it the way I did it just now.

 

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SanDisk Guru
Posts: 16,265
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Re: Creating Playlists

 


@Daft_Chic wrote:
Hi.  Thank you for trying to help me out.  When my clip is in MSC mode it shows the music folder as being empty, so I cannot access any of my mp3 files in MSC mode.

 


 

 

That's because your files were loaded in MTP mode (or Auto Defect which is the same thing in most cases).

 

 


@Daft_Chic wrote:

 

I noticed in the clip's user manual that MSC is a Mac compatibility mode, so I thought I'd throw out here that I run Windows Vista...in case that makes a difference in what's going wrong.

 


MSC is not exclusively a Mac compatibility mode, but the only mode in which you can use a Mac with it. MSC allows your computer to see your player as any other drive, where MTP mode makes it be recognized as a musical device which must be 'managed', something Macs will only do with i-thingamabobs & iTunes.

 

 

For most people, MSC is the easiest and preferred connection method. MTP can be a royal pain at times.

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Re: Creating Playlists

Ah!  thank you so much for clarifying that.  There is a lot of information not in the user manual I am discovering.