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Old 07-04-2009, 07:44 PM
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Default how I create playlist for MSC to read internal and external

this is for creating playlist to play songs from
internal and external on the Fuze.

(sorry if this is a rehash but I never found it here)

for the FUZE with a 4Gb memory card installed
the Fuze is configured for USB as a MSC
Fuze firmware version 01.02.26A
computer is running Windows XP SP3.

I've spent hours reading various news groups and
trying different recommendations so, if you have
better idea I might try it, but I need to get other
things done. if you have issue with this document
like "I have no Idea what your saying" please,
let me know. (I think it makes sense, but am tired)

"MUCH thanks to all those who spent time on groups
asking questions, asking help, giving ideas, and
writing a wonderful scripts. all have helped
make this where it is now."


software needed:
usbdlm.msi or usbdlm.zip
I used usbdlm.msi from
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html
PlaylistCreator3_Setup.exe
I downloaded it from
http://www.oddgravity.de/app-opc.php
FuzePLAConvert_2008-11-19
I downloaded it from
http://www.elenthara.de/Software/Pyt...2008-11-19.zip
Python
I downloaded it from
http://downloads.activestate.com/Act...-win32-x86.msi

directions:

1: I installed "Playlist Creator 3" (use what ever playlist
creator that will work). I doubled clicked
PlaylistCreator3_Setup.exe and installed it.

2: I installed "FuzePLAConvert.zip" by unzipping it to a directory.
I installed it in "C:\Documents and Settings\
<wife>\My Documents\My Music\<where FuzePLAConvert is>\".

3: I installed Python by double clicking
ActivePython-2.6.2.2-win32-x86.msi.

4: I installed usbdlm.msi by double clicking, however
I'm still working on getting it to work the way I
want it to.

5: plug in Fuze. you will need to note the drive letters
for FuzePLAConvert configuration

6: now configure FuzePLAConvert. go to the directory
you installed it in and edit FuzePLAConvert.cfg
(refer EX:4) edit as needed

6: now configure "Playlist Creator 3.6" you need to
to set (can also be done when creating playlist)
where .m3u file will be saved

7: you are now ready to create playlist for you Fuze.
refer to the following instruction I gave to my wife.

usage instructions for my wife:
--------------------Begin wife's instructions------------
1. connect "Fuze" through USB,
verify the drive letters are "SANSA FUZE" L: and
"SANSA MEM" M: if not refer to "Change Drive
Letters".

At this point you can create playlist and convert them.

2. open "Playlist Creator 3"

3. drag the files from the "Fuze" to "playlist creator"
adjust playlist order as needed, when done save it
in .m3u and save it in "C:\Documents and Settings\
<wife>\My Documents\My Music\<where FuzePLAConvert is>\playlist\".

4. next go to the directory "C:\Documents and Settings\
<wife>\My Documents\My Music\<where FuzePLAConvert is>\playlist\",
next you must change the extension from .m3u to .m3u8
so FuzePLAConvert.py can use it.

5. now verify the playlist has absolute paths "H:\MUSIC\
misc\01-Gin Blossoms - Til I Hear It From You.flac".
(refer EX.
You CANNOT have relative paths. (refer EX:1)

6. Now double click "FuzePLAConvert.py" on the desktop,
this will run the tool which will convert any .m3u8
to a .pla and save it in "SANSA FUZE"\PLAYLISTS\
(refer EX:2,3).

you should now be able to run the playlist and it will play
from both INTERNAL an EXTERNAL files.

EX:
my-tests.m3u8
---------------------------------------------------------
#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:226,Empire Records (OST) - 01 - Til I Hear It From You
H:\MUSIC\misc\01-Gin Blossoms - Til I Hear It From You.flac
#EXTINF:183,Bring Yer Wellies - 03 - Never Drink 'Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral)
H:\MUSIC\Celtic\Gaelic Storm\Bring Yer Wellies\03-Never Drink 'Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral).flac
#EXTINF:325,Nine Lives - 05 - We're All Looking
I:\MUSIC\Rock\Steve Winwood\Nine Lives\05-We're All Looking.flac
#EXTINF:182,Just Can't Get Enough- New Wave Hits Of The '80s Volume 12 of 15 - 06 - They Don't Know
H:\MUSIC\misc\06-Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know.flac
---------------------------------------------------------

EX:1
my-tests.m3u8 (this WILL NOT work with FuzePLAConvert.py)
---------------------------------------------------------
#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:226,Empire Records (OST) - 01 - Til I Hear It From You
\MUSIC\misc\01-Gin Blossoms - Til I Hear It From You.flac
#EXTINF:183,Bring Yer Wellies - 03 - Never Drink 'Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral)
\MUSIC\Celtic\Gaelic Storm\Bring Yer Wellies\03-Never Drink 'Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral).flac
#EXTINF:325,Nine Lives - 05 - We're All Looking
\MUSIC\Rock\Steve Winwood\Nine Lives\05-We're All Looking.flac
#EXTINF:182,Just Can't Get Enough- New Wave Hits Of The '80s Volume 12 of 15 - 06 - They Don't Know
\MUSIC\misc\06-Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know.flac
---------------------------------------------------------

EX:2
my-tests.pla
---------------------------------------------------------
(empty its a place holder)
---------------------------------------------------------

EX:3
my-tests.pla.refs
---------------------------------------------------------
/mmc:0:/MUSIC/misc/01-Gin Blossoms - Til I Hear It From You.flac
/mmc:0:/MUSIC/Celtic/Gaelic Storm/Bring Yer Wellies/03-Never Drink 'Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral).flac
/mmc:1:/MUSIC/Rock/Steve Winwood/Nine Lives/05-We're All Looking.flac
/mmc:0:/MUSIC/misc/06-Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know.flac
---------------------------------------------------------

EX:4
FuzePLAConvert.cfg
---------------------------------------------------------
[Settings]
FuzeDrive: L:
FuzeSDCard: M:
PlaylistDirectory: C:\Documents and Settings\<wife>\My Documents\My Music\<where FuzePLAConvert is>\playlist\
---------------------------------------------------------


"Change Drive Letters"

the best way to fix the issue would be to change the
drive letters of "SANSA FUZE" "SANSA MEM", however
for simplicity sake, edit "FuzePLAConvert.cfg"
and put in the correct drive letters (ex:4).
"SANSA FUZE" is "FuzeDrive:"
"SANSA MEM" is "FuzeSDCard:"

--------------------End wife's instructions--------------

notes:
.m3u
from what I can tell you can save it any where and
it will be read. your .m3u can only see files from
the drive that the .m3u is on

.m3u and .m3u8
.m3u is and ASCII plain text file
.m3u8 indicates a unicode version of it.
The configuration is the same however,
the conversion utility uses the unicode
version of the playlist.

.pla I don't know know why its used as a place holder
the creator of FuzePLAConvert spent a lot of time
and knows a lot more about it than I do.

of course I have to thank my wife. To make her happy
I went through all this. left to my own devices I
would have had separate .m3u's for internal and external
and just lived with it and been ok with that.

I do hope this will help others, if not my wife is happy
so life is good.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:25 PM
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Looks like some good instructions to me, but as a person who doesn't make playlists I did skip some of the details (like all the EX:# stuff).

So, if you were willing to have two separate playlists all this wouldn't be necessary?
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:45 PM
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as I said I did it for my wife. I just hit shuffle and am happy
but since I went through all this for her. I'm sharing my work.

now she's lamenting that her bluetooth headphones cant be used.
sigh; theres only so much I can do.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:50 PM
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in answer to your question (sorry hit reply to fast)
.m3u playlists in each (internal and/or external) are all you need

the .m3u just have to reference files on the device (internal or external)

the instructions were to access files on both with 1 playlist
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