…\Music\Scouting for Girls\This Ain’t A Love Song.mp3
C:\Users\Public\Music\The Trammps\Disco Inferno.mp3
Thanks, that’s what I thought he meant. So, guess what? All my playlists have an absolute path and the WD media player plays 'em all. No problemo. Here’s the details of my situation/conditions that makes it all work for me:
I create my playlists using iTunes, then I copy them to the drive connected to the media player and put them in a folder called Playlists. Bingo, the media player will play any playlist I select from the listing.
Here are the first few lines of a 100-song m3u playlist generated by iTunes.
#EXTINF:180,The Last Mile of the Way - Soul Stirrers - Various Artists - Hyena Records / Kufala Recordings
F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Various Artists - Hyena Records _ Kufala\Gospel Music\05 The Last Mile of the Way - Soul S.mp3
#EXTINF:299,One Love - Playing for Change
F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Playing for Change\Songs Around the World\02 One Love.mp3
#EXTINF:386,Tenors, Anyone? - Bob Florence Limited Edition
F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Bob Florence Limited Edition\With All the Bells and Whistles\05 Tenors, Anyone_.mp3
#EXTINF:184,Sweet And Lovely - Greta Matassa
F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Greta Matassa\Favorites From A Long Walk\03 Sweet And Lovely.mp3
#EXTINF:171,Baby Please Don’t Go - Tom Rush
F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Tom Rush\Blues, Songs & Ballads\1-23 Baby Please Don’t Go.m4a
#EXTINF:317,Far From The Arms of Hunger - Jackson Browne
F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Jackson Browne\Time The Conqueror\10 Far From The Arms of Hunger.mp3
. . . etc, etc, for the rest of the playlist of 100 songs.
Notice that the files are all designated to be on drive F – that is the drive they are on, on my PC where iTunes is located. Well, the exact same folders/songs are on a drive connected to the media player, and it is not called drive F – the media player thinks of it as USB2. The songs are in the same-name folders path as on my PC, because the fiies on the media player drive are a copy of what is on drive F, and the folders are in sync with one another. This structure likely helps the situation. Obviously, “Drive F” Is ignored by the media player when it plays through the playlist and that’s GOOD!
I can burn through playlists rather quickly, so I make 5 at a time that lasts me a week or so. This is so easy to do with iTunes. I have a large collection of music, so I like to listen to totally random playlists, and by using iTunes DJ, they get listened to that way.
ITunes DJ allows playlists up to 100 tracks in size, and that is what I make.and copy to my drive in a mattter of a few minutes. To further refine my playlists I select them from an iTunes Smart playlist, where I can include my entire library exept thngs as podcasts, certaun albums, artists, genres, etc. I do not want in my DJ playlists.
BTW, I had first tried making playlists using Windows Media Player, but it really is poor for this sort of stuff; especially annoying is it cannot handle any song with foreign characters in the title. It eliminated over 200 songs it skipped over. iTunes and iTunes DJ do exactly what I want them to do. They are perfect for the task.
Creating playlists using this method is a piece of cake. Try it and let me know how it works for you.