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Subject: Re: playlist compatibility?
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-04-27


scott wrote:

> --- Eric Bergerson <eric100_at_pacbell.net> wrote:
>
>>Greetings all,
>> I'm wondering if Archos players use m3u playlists, and if so, can I use
>>playlists that I generated with another program, like winamp, with Archos
>>players without having to manually reproduce the playlists? I ask because I
>>control all my home stereo based music through my computer, and as such I've
>>put considerable effort into building playlists on my computer and I want to
>>buy a portable player that can just use those same playlists without having
>>to rebuild them for the portable. I know that winamp playlists generated in
>>winamp work with other music management programs like Musicmatch, does the
>>same principle apply to Archos players? If not, does anyone know a portable
>>player that can use m3u playlists generated by other programs? Thanks in
>>advance to anyone who can help me.
>
> rockbox supports .m3u, as long as the file structure is the same (except for the drive letter).

Yes, like scott said, you can use those winamp playlists as long as you
mirror the file structure from your PC to the Archos, so that all paths
are the same except for the drive letter (C:,J:,etc.). This is probably
the case on any portable unit, not just archos. If they differ a bit,
but match from some level on down, you can use the DOS 'subst' commmand
to make your PC treat a directory tree as if it were its own little
drive or partition. For example,

subst M: C:\My Music

will allow you to access everything from C:\My Music on down using the
M:\ path, also, e,g, C:\My Music\Soundtracks = M:\Soundtracks. Nothing
actually gets moved, it's just sort of like a symbolic link on *nix
systems. The remapping goes away when you reboot, too. The 'subst' trick
can let you fool winamp or other PC applications a little bit. It's
easiest to just create a partition that's about the same size as your
jukebox drive and mirror things, IMO, but there are workarounds if you
can't.

If you have lots of playlists already made that need to be manipulated a
little so that they work on both the PC and the jukebox, I've got a
script that does this kind of stuff quickly - just drag and drop. If you
can edit a text file, you can use the script.

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