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Old 23. Feb 2013, 06:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I'm kinda particular about the way I organize my music collection. To give you an idea of what I mean, here's how I browse music on my computer. Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you don't care.

With the help of mp3tag, MusicBee, and my own python scripts, I've compiled a folder of nothing but playlists. There are only two playlists in the root of this folder: Classical Covers and The Phantom of the Opera. There are also several folders: Artists, Christmas, Classical, Cultures, Epic, Games, Movies, and TV Shows. The last three mostly have individual playlists, except for some folders for movie and game series, like The Lord of the Rings and Myst. The Christmas, Classical, and Epic folders have individual playlists, including All Songs and separate playlists for each artist or soundtrack. The Cultures folder has individual playlists, like Celtic and Pirate, aargh! Finally, the Artists folder has several subfolders, including All Artists and separate folders for different genres. Only a few of the artists have their own folders, which include separate playlists for each of their albums, as well as a playlist for all of their songs, and sometimes a playlist for non-album tracks. Also, except for soundtracks and albums, all of my playlists are sorted alphanumerically.

Now that you're as confused as I once was, here's what I'm looking for in an android music player app. Obviously, the simplest solution would be to allow me to simply browse my playlist directory as I would on my computer. However, of all the free apps that I've tried, they either don't recognize .m3u files or they "flatten" the playlist directory. Who wants their Christmas music alongside their black metal. Do you know of any free apps that will let me do this? If not, I might just have to make my own. If I do, I'll make it open source.
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Old 24. Feb 2013, 03:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

I prefer the folder structure for my music too, although mine is not nearly as complex as yours...

I encourage you to try Mort Player since it is the only folder-based music player with m3u support I could find that gets the job done. It is simply AMAZING. It earned my love and I think it could help you too.

PD: Trying to make your app is not a bad idea at all.
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Thank you. I'll check it out. I might still make my own anyway, just for the heck of it.
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Old 25. Mar 2013, 01:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I love Mort player, all the other android music players are over complicated and because of that fact have a rather large file size , and space is an issue on my android phone. Whats great about Mort player is that you can create your folder of music and because Mort is folder based it doesn't try to reorganize all your music for you, I just love it it's so simple and the only music player I use now on my smartphone.
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Hi,

I prefer the folder structure for my music too, although mine is not nearly as complex as yours...

I encourage you to try Mort Player since it is the only folder-based music player with m3u support I could find that gets the job done. It is simply AMAZING. It earned my love and I think it could help you too.

PD: Trying to make your app is not a bad idea at all.
I just tried this after seeing your post as I have a number of "Best of" collections that my regular player sorts by group instead of the folder.

The issue I have is that Mort player does not recognize the folder at all. The folder is in my music folder. Mort recognizes the albums that were originally in the music folder, but does not recognize this one that I moved in there after installing Mort.

I have tried various ways to get mort to see this folder, but I guess I am missing something.

I would appreciate if you could let me know how.
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Old 26. Mar 2013, 06:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi mr6n8,

If Mort Player had some problems detecting any recently added music or folders try this:

Assuming you've already selected which folder(s) Mort will scan, hit your phone's menu button, select "reload folders" and check the two options there (Clear Cache and Read tags). Now Mort should read your music with no problems. *FYI, Mort will skip any empty folder it finds.*

If after doing that Mort doesn't recognize your recently added folder or music I imagine your problem could be related with the Android Media Scanner not updating the recently added files, which is a somewhat common problem in devices running ICS.

Just to be sure, try adding a couple of files by any means (bluetooth, cable, WiFi) and then check if the stock media player has detected and added them to its main library right after you've transfered them. You can also try rebooting the phone after you've added new files or created new folders. If you still cannot see the files or folders using the stock media player, neither will Mort. Which could be a confirmation of the problem stated above, meaning you'll have to perform a tweak or two depending on your phone's manufacturer and your Android version.

It would be good to know your phone model and your Android version to help you a little better.

Keep me updated on your progress.

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Old 26. Mar 2013, 11:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It would be good to know your phone model and your Android version to help you a little better.
All the times I have asked people similar questions, you think I would know better.

Samsung S3 model number SCH-1535 Android 4.1.2

I did get Mort to recognize the folder in my Music folder (I had set Mort to monitor the Music folder) by uninstalling and re-installing Mort.

After seeing your post, I did check the music player that came with the phone. Not only did it recognize the album, but for the first time kept the songs in one album even though the songs were all by different artists.
Previously it would separate the songs up. That was the reason I got Mort. So, now pretty much no reason to switch.

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Assuming you've already selected which folder(s) Mort will scan, hit your phone's menu button, select "reload folders" and check the two options there (Clear Cache and Read tags). Now Mort should read your music with no problems. *FYI, Mort will skip any empty folder it finds.*
This did work.
I could not find this option before, but after seeing your post I found it when an individual song was selected (not at the main folder listing). Once I checked the two options mort rechecked the whole Music folder and found the new album.

The original player again found the album without any updating by me.

Thanks

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