moatmai wrote:Playlists, however, need to conform to the 8.3 filename limitation of the DOS stone age. ...
Playlists for the Zen MX must use these short names, otherwise the Zen MX will not find the tracks referenced in the playlist.
Are you sure? Or it it sufficient to e.g. just avoid spaces?
I am sure. For two days, I tried out all possible variations; I even contacted Creative Technology support. Their response was "just use Centrale instead," which is their media management software — and guess what Centrale does: it uses 8.3 file names.
When it comes to playlist management, the Zen MX is a real lemon. So the only solution — aside from using the MM script — is either not to use playlists or to create the playlists on the device and then edit their names from the computer.
(Open a playlist created by the Zen MX or Centrale in notepad and you will find that it uses 8.3 filenames. With "~1.mp3" and everything... It's a real shame.)