Creating OTF playlists on the Iriver H1xx series
Having spent a bit of time trying to find really good instructions for using the OTF playlist function on my H140, I thought I'd write some full, detailed ones myself to help anyone else out who might be having the same trouble.
Creating an OTF playlist
- Stop any tracks you are playing and go to the File Browser
- Navigate to and highlight the first track or directory you want to add to your new playlist.
- Press and hold the joystick button down, then select 'Playlist' > 'Insert'
* Insert positions file after previous file added to playlist, (if previously added file was Insert last then, Insert positions new file after that one).
* Insert Next positions file after Now Playing file, (to be played next after Now Playing).
* Insert Last positions file last in the playlist.
* The difference between Insert and Queue is that the Queue files are removed from playlist once played.
- The track will start playing. Leave it playing, and now press the joystick button down quickly once to bring up the file menu again
- Navigate to the next track or directory you want to add, hold the joystick button down again and Select 'Playlist' > 'Insert Last' (Or 'Insert Next', or whatever option you want!)
- Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you have added all the tracks you want
- When you are done, press the A-B button again to bring up the main menu.
- If 'Queue' is used to create a playlist songs will be lost when playlist is saved. To create/save a playlist for recurrent sessions use playlist 'Insert' function.
Remember that queued songs will not be included when you save a playlist. If you want to save the playlist, use the playlist 'Insert' function.
Note: Set 'Playlist Options' > 'Recursively Insert Directory' to ON to have subdirectories included when inserting directories in your playlist.
I would now suggest you save you playlist using the instructions below. You can also view/modify it at this point if you want prior to saving. Instructions on how to do this are also given below.
Saving the playlist
- Press A-B button if necessary to get to the main menu
- Go to 'Playlist Options', and choose 'Save Current Playlist'
- A keyboard screen will appear and the playlist will initially be named "/dynamic.m3u".
- To delete letters from the current name, press the RECORD button
- Move the joystick to highlight the letters you want (You can also use the A-B button to toggle between UPPER CASE and lower case characters)
- Press the Joystick button to select each letter you want
- Make sure your filename ends in '.m3u'
- When you are finished, Press the PLAY button to save the file.
It will be saved in the ROOT folder on your iRiver, unless you have specified a different folder in the filename you entered, e.g. '/PLAYLISTS/MyPlaylist.m3u'.
IMPORTANT! If you are going to try and save it in a different folder, make sure the folder exists first. Rockbox will NOT create folders for you. Trying to save into a folder that doesn't already exist, will cause a major error (It says something like '*PANIC*' on the screen), as I recently found out!!!!!!!
If this happens, just reset your player. I did this and had no issues.
Viewing/Editing tracks in the playlist
- Either before of after saving your playlist, you can go to 'Playlist Options' > 'View Current playlist'. This will bring up the list of songs in the chosen playlist in order.
- Highlight the track you want to change.
- Press and hold the joystick button down to bring up a list of options.
- Choose 'Remove' if you want to delete the highlighted song from the playlist.
- Choose 'Move' to move the song in the playlist order. It will return you to the playlist, and there will be a flashing cursor. Move it to the point in the playlist you want the song to move to, then press the joystick button again to move it.
- Repeat steps 2-5 until you are happy with the order and list of songs.
- Press the joystick left a couple of times to get back to the main menu.
Now SAVE YOUR PLAYLIST!
To play the playlist
- Using the File browser, navigate to where you saved your playlist and highlight it with the cursor.
- Press the joystick button down or push the joystick to the right. Either will activate the playlist.
- The playlist should now start playing!
I hope people find these instructions useful. Please feel free to update the page, if you can add anything useful.
Ed Solman (IRC nick: wrecker)
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