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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎06-25-2012

Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

Thought this might be of benefit to others searching for a similar solution. I was disappointed to discover that Media Manager does not exist for Mac, so went about looking for a substitute playlist creator. I saw the post linking to the iTunes Applescript; however, my music sits on a separate server and I do not use iTunes to access it, so that was a non-starter.

 

I downloaded a number of applications that claimed to be able to create M3U playlist files with mixed success. I then realized that an application I already had installed on my Mac would do the trick: VLC. (http://www.videolan.org/)

 

Plug your Sansa Clip into the computer and open VLC. Open Finder and navigate to the Sansa Clip drive. Now you can drag and drop items from the Finder into the VLC media window. If you drag folders, you will need to double-click on them to populate the list with items within the folder. You can add and delete items at will. When you have the playlist as you like it, go to File, Save Playlist and save to the main MUSIC folder on the Sansa Clip.

 

Then, one last step because the Sansa uses backslashes and the Mac uses forward slashses to separate folders: in the Finder, find the M3U file you just created. Right-click and choose Open With -> TextEdit.app. Now do a Find and Replace (Command-Option F) and replace all / characters with \ characters.

 

Hope this helps...

 

Max

Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎06-25-2012

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

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I should add one other thing: when you edit the file in TextEdit, you not only need to replace the forward slashes with back slashes, but you will also need to find and replace (with nothing) the introductory path information. For example:

 

/Volumes/SAN32/MUSIC/Aloe Blacc/Good Things/01 I Need A Dollar.mp3

 

Should read:

 

Aloe Blacc\Good Things\01 I Need A Dollar.mp3

 

Max

SanDisk User
Posts: 40
Registered: ‎06-16-2008

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

AWESOME!!

 

Thanks....this is exactly what I have been looking for and it worked like a dream!!

 

Incredible!!

 

Thanks!

SanDisk Fanatic
Posts: 345
Registered: ‎07-19-2009

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

Windows users shouldn't bother. Use winamp, no editing needed if done correctly.

SanDisk User
Posts: 40
Registered: ‎06-16-2008

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

Bummer....worked the first time around.  Now it doesn's seem to be working.

Newbie
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎08-21-2013

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

i just want to thank you so much! after several days of researching, i made the changes you suggested to my vlc playlist on the disk and voilà. i'm very very happy. ~laura Smiley Happy

VA
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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-26-2015

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

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This doesn't work for the Clip Jam (even if the files are all in the root folder).

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,954
Registered: ‎09-06-2008

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

The Jam requires m3u playlists. On Windows, here's how.

 

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14337/~/creating-m3u-playlists-for-the-clip-sport%2Fja...

 

If you're in Apple's walled garden, maybe this will help--don't know.

 

http://www.ericdaugherty.com/dev/itunesexport/#Introduction

 

 

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 3,233
Registered: ‎09-13-2008

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

I have Rockbox on my Clip+ players. With Rockbox it is easy to make playlists on the player itself.

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,954
Registered: ‎09-06-2008

Re: Creating playlists on a Mac without using iTunes

The Jam, among its other deficiencies, doesn't take Rockbox.