Has anyone come up with simple resolution to this problem over the last few months. All my music is Media Monkey, so the iTunes solution is not for me. Or, is it the case that the approach noted by samsaidi & nwbasson the only one available?
Appreciate your input.
And while I'm at it the same goes for cover art. I am fastidious about keeping a copy of my cover art in my music folders AND attaching to the track tags. Yet, every sync, 50% of albums are missing cover art, even after resetting the media database. I look at my phone and the covers are all there. I look at my ipod, and guess what, they're there also. And Cover Downloader is not a solution - it only seems to find a small proportion of the missing covers. So, great, I'll spend the weekend manually downloading covers. This is fundamental stuff! Sheesh!
Will this be finally sorted out in Gen 9!!
On my Thunderbolt I use the music player Mixzing. It has an option to search the folder for the album covers in the music folder. it will also let you edit tags easily, and download covers. I like the app a lot. It is free with adds, $5 without, and has some great widgets including a lockscreen option. May want to check it out.
If you have an iPod, it sounds like you have iTunes set up. Why not check out Tunesync? To get the full version will cost a little, but I am more than happy with the results. It gets all my music, album covers, and playlists on both my phone and tablet. It may take some work to get things set up away from Media Monkey, but it is well worth it afterwards.
I will add this, my Thunderbolt does not have nearly the issues as my Archos when it comes to media. I do not get bogged down with constant media scans, it does not lose album art, and it does not randomly delete my music at times. All these are issues with my Archos. They both run on Froyo, so the version of Android is not the reason. Archos does need to step it up. I just got the Thunderbolt a couple weeks ago, but the more I use it the more I realize how many issues my Archos has... especially the limited RAM.
No itunes I'm afraid - while I do have an old ipod I'm not a fan of way the itunes takes every opportunity to sell you something, and, its so bloated. I am manually compiling the playlists now with a bit of creative synching to assist. That is I delete the music files on the Archos, transfer the largest of my playlists, manually create that playlist on the Archos and then add the remaining music and create them in playlists manually by album. Suits my needs but is a little time consuming.
Cover Downloader is driving me crazy though. I must be doing something wrong. I download covers for the albums it can find, I then manually download the covers for the 60 odd albums it can't find - all good for a time but then the very next time the media library updates they are all deleted and I have to start again. There must be some setting somewhere which I have failed to tweak. Aaaaagghh!!
update: hmmm, after the third attempt, the covers downloaded seem to be sticking. Fingers crossed.
I actually started building this app because of problems I had reading playlists on my A70 250GB (see my earlier posts), but over time it evolved into a complete music app.
http://market.android.com/details?id=co ... ar.mytunes
The player you need to install on your computer is a somewhat basic version of iTunes, but it has the possibility to import your play lists from iTunes which you can put on your Archos afterwards. The free version allows syncing by USB and if you get the paid version, it allows to sync wireless. After syncing just open the app and enjoy your playlist!
Maybe this is a step in the right direction...
I am also having a problem getting my M3U playlists made in Media Monkey to play on my Archos 70. Some of them show up, (but not all), but the ones that do show up do not play (appear empty) using the stock player as well as Winamp.
Can someone please walk me through (and I mean really dumb it down) how to exactly change these M3U files to play on my archos 70, I also saw these instructions by Orwells1984IsHereNow in this forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=4948
but I really don't understand how to do this, how to even find these files and what exactly I type to change the files.
I don't have an SD card so I can't just put the playlists on there, I need to get into the storage files or the root files. Please help, I have spent hours and hours on this!
Thanks so much!
Here's an example of a simple .m3u playlist, followed by an extended .m3u playlist. These would be stored in the same directory as the tracks they reference:
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01 - Out On The Weekend.ogg 02 - Harvest.ogg 03 - A Man Needs A Maid.ogg 04 - Heart Of Gold.ogg 05 - Are You Ready For The Country.ogg 06 - Old Man.ogg 07 - There's A World.ogg 08 - Alabama.ogg 09 - The Needle And The Damage Done.ogg 10 - Words (Between The Lines Of Age).ogg
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#EXTM3U #EXTINF:274,Neil Young - Out On The Weekend 01 - Out On The Weekend.ogg #EXTINF:191,Neil Young - Harvest 02 - Harvest.ogg #EXTINF:245,Neil Young - A Man Needs A Maid 03 - A Man Needs A Maid.ogg #EXTINF:187,Neil Young - Heart Of Gold 04 - Heart Of Gold.ogg #EXTINF:203,Neil Young - Are You Ready For The Country 05 - Are You Ready For The Country.ogg #EXTINF:204,Neil Young - Old Man 06 - Old Man.ogg #EXTINF:179,Neil Young - There's A World 07 - There's A World.ogg #EXTINF:242,Neil Young - Alabama 08 - Alabama.ogg #EXTINF:123,Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done 09 - The Needle And The Damage Done.ogg #EXTINF:400,Neil Young - Words (Between The Lines Of Age) 10 - Words (Between The Lines Of Age).ogg
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/mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live At Winterland/07 - Tax Free.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/The Beatles - Abbey Road (2009 Stereo Remaster)/15 - Carry That Weight.ogg /mnt/storage/Music/World - African/Djelimady Tounkara - Allo Bamako/04 - Yobalema (Abdoulaye Ba dit Batch).ogg /mnt/storage/Music/Stage & Screen/Sir William Walton's film music Vol. 2 - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner/11 - Suite- 'Escape Me Never' I Prelude and Venetian Idyll.ogg /mnt/storage/Music/Early/Music of the Spanish Renaissance - Shirley Rumsey/20 - on que la lavare.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/The Clash - Sandinista!/CD02 - 18 - Shepherds Delight .ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information/10 - Strawberry Letter 23.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009 Stereo Remaster)/12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).ogg /mnt/storage/Music/Baroque & Classical/Montserrat Figueras - Ninna Nanna/15 - Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974) - Berceus e Hébraïque- Dors, dors.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/Café del Mar - Vol. 6/01 - Talvin Singh - Traveller (Kid Loc o's Once Upon A T ime In The East Mix).ogg /mnt/storage/Music/Early/Paul Berget - The Siena Lute Manuscript on renaissance guitar/01 - Recercar 1.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/Jimi Hendrix - The Cry Of Love/03 - Ezy Ryder.ogg /mnt/storage/Music/Early/Hilliard Ensemble - English Madrigals/01 - Morley - O Greefe even on the Bud.mp3 /mnt/storage/Music/World - African/African Rhythm Messengers - Bottom Belle/10 - Baby Wayo.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune/04 - Hear My Train A Comin'.ogg /mnt/storage/sdcard/Music/Rock & Pop/Jimi Hendrix - Woodstock/12 - Farewell.ogg
When I browse to a .m3u file in Ghost Commander and click on it I am offered a choice of apps to run the file including Music and DeadBeef. I choose DeadBeef and it plays and also displays tag info and album art. It will play just about any audio format and does proper gapless playback and supports custom EQ as well. This all works equally well whether the playlist is a "one playlist per album" list in the album directory or is in my playlists directory and lists files in lots of different places.
There are some things you have to do:
Create a file .nomedia in your playlists folder (and in Music if you don't want the default Music app to screw up all your playlists).
Make sure the playlist contents reference the full path for each file if it isn't in the same folder as the tracks.
I've tried the default file manager and also OI File Manager and Open Explorer File Manager and others but it seems only Ghost Commander passes the playlist to DeadBeef properly and I'm not aware of any other combo of file manager+player which works as expected with .m3u.
Another way to play .m3u is to use Rockbox and use Rockbox's file browsing instead of the system's file manager (Rockbox can't be launched from another app or file manager, it's kind of a stand alone app). Rockbox plays back any valid m3u file and pretty much any non-DRM audio file you'll ever encounter. If you find playlists important then Rockbox is for you.
The above is all regarding my A43IT but it should be valid for any Generation 8 Archos device.
On a related note. I downloaded an app called "Just Playlists" that seems to be able to read in playlists that I created in winamp on my computer and copied to my Archos. So far that works well (it plays my m3u playlists), but it doesnt have the same capabilities as a normal music player.