Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new computer

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Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new computer

Post by chamuel » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:36 pm

I have a new computer (Windows 8.1). I have "imported" my MM playlists from my previous computer (Windows 7).

The new computer now shows the MM playlists under "Imported Playlists".

I also copied all the mp3 files to the new drive. The file structure is basically the same as on the old drive (i.e. C:\JimMusicFiles\[file name])

But none of the files are found by the playlists ("empty" panel -- no files shown)

How do I get the playlists to "recognize" (find) the associated MP3 files on the new drive?

Thanks

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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by nohitter151 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:08 pm

The order in which you did those things is important. Did you import the playlists before moving the actual music files? Or vice-versa?
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by chamuel » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:51 pm

FIRST, I copied the mp3 files from the old computer, to the new computer.

THEN, I also copied the playlist files from the old computer, to the new computer.

LAST, I ran "add/rescan files to the library" . . . at which point the playlists were detected. (But no files associated with them.)

What do you think?

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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by terrypin » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:21 am

I expect that if you view one of your new playlists in your text editor then you'll see that its structure is now incorrect for the new location of your music files.

More experienced MM users may have a quicker, easier fix. But meanwhile, if you're comfortable with using the Find/Replace feature of your editor, try editing the playlists to reflect the new file locations. The required change should become apparent by inspection. Test on one playlist and when confident apply to all of them. Backup first, of course.
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by chamuel » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:59 pm

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I originally SAVED (so I thought) the playlists on the "old" computer by:

(a) right-clicking on the name of an existing playlist
(b) "send to"
(c) "m3u playlist"

I did NOT at that time take the trouble to "open" the "saved" playlists. I naively assumed the file would include the PATH and also the FILE NAME.

However, today I've opened those files with NOTEPAD. . . and see they ONLY contain the FILE NAME . . . and NO PATH WHATSOEVER.

This is such bullshit. Seriously NOT-user friendly aspect of MM.

What is the use of a "m3u playlist" without the PATH to the referenced files?

Makes we want to look for a DIFFERENT MEDIA PLAYER for my PC.

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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by nohitter151 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:16 pm

chamuel wrote:Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I originally SAVED (so I thought) the playlists on the "old" computer by:

(a) right-clicking on the name of an existing playlist
(b) "send to"
(c) "m3u playlist"

I did NOT at that time take the trouble to "open" the "saved" playlists. I naively assumed the file would include the PATH and also the FILE NAME.

However, today I've opened those files with NOTEPAD. . . and see they ONLY contain the FILE NAME . . . and NO PATH WHATSOEVER.

This is such bullshit. Seriously NOT-user friendly aspect of MM.

What is the use of a "m3u playlist" without the PATH to the referenced files?

Makes we want to look for a DIFFERENT MEDIA PLAYER for my PC.
That can't possibly be right. I just did the exact same thing and the whole path is included in the exported playlist.
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by chamuel » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:23 pm

Well, it "works" for you.

That's fine.

But I get no path at all.

Not so fine!

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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by nohitter151 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:27 pm

chamuel wrote:Well, it "works" for you.

That's fine.

But I get no path at all.

Not so fine!
Can you upload the playlist or paste the contents of the playlist file?
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by MMFrLife » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:08 pm

Just tested it with 4.1.7.1739 and it worked swimmingly for me, full path in Notepad and plays/opens with ease.
What version of MM are you using?
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by Lowlander » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:20 pm

For local files it seems a relative Path and for networked files a full Path.

The only method allow you to define how Paths are saved on the Playlist is the following Addon: http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewto ... d+playlist


Note that relative Paths will still work if you store the Playlists in the same place on the new PC as they were exported to on the old PC.
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by MMFrLife » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:26 pm

MMFrLife wrote:Just tested it with 4.1.7.1739 and it worked swimmingly for me, full path in Notepad and plays/opens with ease.
What version of MM are you using?
Mine are local and the only thing it doesn't include is the drive letter. So, I guess technically, it's relative but near absolute (not just the filename).
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by nohitter151 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:35 pm

Ok I see if you export the playlists to the same folder where the music files are stored then it only lists the file names in the playlist file (creating relative playlists).

So it will work to use these playlists in MM but you need to place the playlist files in the folders where the music files are actually stored before you import them.
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by chamuel » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:50 am

Thanks for all the great "education" about working with m3u files. I am learning new things from you generous souls (all of you!).

I think "nohitter"'s comments may be the most helpful at this time . . . . since I *did* save my playlists in the *same folder where the music files are stored*. (Gee -- I didn't know that was a felony crime! :) Then (as I understand it) MM creates a "relative playlist".

Also, "lolander's" suggestion about that add-on looks very interesting, especially. I will look into that and test, too.

There is certainly more about "playlist" files . . . .than meets the eye!

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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by Lowlander » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:30 pm

Actually, it exports relative Paths if you export the Playlist to the same drive as the files. If you export to a different drive it uses absolute Paths.
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Re: Imported Playlists Don't Find the MP3 files on new compu

Post by MMFrLife » Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:55 pm

Lowlander wrote:Actually, it exports relative Paths if you export the Playlist to the same drive as the files. If you export to a different drive it uses absolute Paths.
Yes, that is what I get. Near full (without drive letter) to same drive and full (with drive letter) to different drive.
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