Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

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Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by iloveaiff » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:35 am

My car player is pretty stupid and I like to record lots of radio.

What's the best way to sync radio files by directory so the stupid car player can 'switch stations' by switching directories? Should I use a custom field and somehow encode that with the lowest level directory (e.g. /radio/stationx -> 'stationx') and then somehow encode that as a directory when I sync to a card?

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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by Peke » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:02 am

Hi,
I would suggest that you create playlists in MMW named "StationX" and put files from that station to that folder and then
On Sync Profile set Music Destination to something like "\Radio\<Playlist>\<Auto Number>. <Artist> - <Title>" After that only thing you need to do is to select only those playlist to sync and you will end syncing with desired results.

I for example sync only content in desired Playlists to Car HeadUnit and have music file destination mask as "\Music\<Playlist>\<Auto Number>. <Artist> - <Title>"
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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by iloveaiff » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:13 am

Thanks..

I already have auto playlists for each station so I can use that as the variable..

I even have playlists for three or more stars etc so I have a workflow rating radio tracks on my phone and keeping only ones I like.

So I could create sync directories based on those auto playlists.

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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by Peke » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:07 pm

Hi,
Yes, they would be static on the device in order of the playlist.
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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by iloveaiff » Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:44 pm

Thanks!

So basically a playlist can be used as a variable to create folders based on that playlist name...

That solves it! So any playlist or auto-playlist can become a hard directory on a sync'd SD card. That's brilliant.

Because most car players are pretty simple (at best) so it's just easiest to use folders as playlists. Then the auto-directory for a radio station becomes the directory on the card - along with any criteria such as 3+ stars or whatever.

Is it possible to sync to a playlist file incase the car player understands this? Unlikely but you never know.

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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by Peke » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:29 pm

If Track Sort/naming is same then MMW would not sync not needed tracks just new ones.
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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by Lowlander » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:01 pm

Yes, Playlists can also be synced to the device, there are various options to fine tune how this is done. You may need to fidget with the settings and consult the device maker to get it working (if supported).
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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by iloveaiff » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:17 pm

Dumb question... Is Sync Profile in the Sync Options? I can't find the specific SD card, so I am stuck trying to set the destination settings for that specific card.

Once set up though I imagine it will be a simple matter of occasionally syncing the card to refresh content.

I only sync 3+ star tracks for some playlists too.

And it sounds SO much better than Bluetooth.

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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by Lowlander » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:56 pm

It's under Tools > Options > Portable Device Sync (or in the Media Tree when the device is connected via USB).
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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by iloveaiff » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:01 pm

Thanks...

I can find the card - labelled "CARCARD" in the tree but not in the Portable Device Settings.. I can see how I can set up the profile in there, but it's not appearing.

Is there a way to manually add a specific SD card to the Portable Device Settings?

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Adding a specific SD Card to Portable Device Settings (Profile)

Post by iloveaiff » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:58 pm

I have a SD card specifically for the car. When I pop it in to the monitor SD card reader, it shows in the media tree, but not Portable Device Settings so I can set a specific sync profile i.e. directory format etc.

How do I add a specific SD card to Portable Device Settings so I can create a specific sync profile?

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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by Lowlander » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:19 pm

It's probably seen as a USB Mass storage: https://www.mediamonkey.com/addons/brow ... e-plug-in/
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Re: Sync for Car / Sort by Directory

Post by iloveaiff » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:42 pm

Thanks! Plug-in installed and now it sees a 'generic USB mass storage device'.

So I suppose I can identify and tailor to the unique device (card) under Portable Device Settings -> USB Mass Storage Device -> 'Device Configuration'? This will then only work for one card, but that's ok (for now).

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