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Racasselle:
Hi, I have an adapted iPod Video 5.5 with an iFlash 256GB SSD and Rockbox. Is it possible to create playlists using external software and then upload them to Rockbox? I connected the iPod to my iMac as an external drive then dragged and dropped songs into a VLC playlist, but the resultant playlist text file is in an incompatible format. Thanks, Richard.

saratoga:
Yes normal m3u playlist files are supported.  Make sure when you create them that the paths in the playlist file exist on the device however or it won't work.

bobba_mosfet:
If you're using *nix then you can do cool things.

I have a monster script that takes care of updating rockbox, hex editing the rockbox.ipod and transcoding all of my flac via ffmpeg and parallel and using rsync for the rest of the music.

Eventually I might share it if anyone is interested, but it has a way to go to be generalised for other peoples use.

Simple way to create a playlist of your music, and make the path relative for the iPod:

--- Code: ---find "$mount_point/Music/" -type f \( -iname "*.mp3" -o -iname "*.flac" -o -iname "*.m4a" -o -iname "*.ape" -o -iname "*.wav" -o -iname "*.wma" \) -print | sed "s%$mount_point/Music/%%g" | sort > "$playlist_file"
--- End code ---

You can also use diff to create an additional playlist only of the newly transferred files. I've been doing this for a long time and its a nice way to see how my collection has changed over time.

--- Code: ---diff --unchanged-group-format='' "$playlist_file" "$playlist_tmp" > "$playlist_of_sync"
--- End code ---

Managed to get to a playlist of 55,000+ tracks, with 32G still free on a 512G msata drive  8)

Frankenpod:

--- Quote from: Racasselle on August 06, 2019, 09:18:56 AM ---Hi, I have an adapted iPod Video 5.5 with an iFlash 256GB SSD and Rockbox. Is it possible to create playlists using external software and then upload them to Rockbox? I connected the iPod to my iMac as an external drive then dragged and dropped songs into a VLC playlist, but the resultant playlist text file is in an incompatible format. Thanks, Richard.

--- End quote ---

I use media monkey on a PC and on that there are scripts that will export playlists with suitable settings so that rockbox can use them.  It helps that my music library structure is identical on the PC as on the Ipod.

Racasselle:
Thanks, folks. I will give Media Monkey a try. So my plan is to connect the iPod to my iMac as an external drive, drag and drop songs from my iPod into an iMac MM playlist and then export them back to the iPod; that way, the playlist pathnames should all be good. If it gets too tricky, then my fallback is to set up artificial playlists as new directories where "Playlist-[name]" is the Artist and then copy song files into them. I realise that the song files will be duplicates but I have the capacity. Thanks again, Richard

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