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  1. Just bought a new Galaxy S10 before my old, pathetic, S6 dies completely, and used Samsung's so-called "Smart switch" to transfer what it could from the old to the new. While the music files seem to have transferred, the playlists did not. I have scrupulously exported my playlists any time I make a change to any of them, after learning the hard way that playlists are not permanent until exported. The old phone had a Playlists folder with lots of m3u8 files in it, so I naively assumed I could copy that folder to the new phone and that would be that. And, indeed, there are now playlists showing when I select Playlists from the Library main menu, but only if I check the Playlists folder in the Settings->Library->Music Folders->Folders Selection->Internal storage sub-menu; otherwise I get the "Does not look like anything to me" message. The playlists seem to function as expected when asked to play their songs. The problem I experience is that I'm shown ALL the m3u8 files, as "xxx.m3u8", instead of just the name of the playlist itself in a single instance without the suffix. On the old phone, the trick was to NOT check the Settings->...Playlists folder, just the folders, like Music, where songs could be found. Otherwise I would be shown all those m3u8 files. On the new phone, not checking the Playlists folder means no playlists at all. I've tried a variety of import strategies to no avail. What's the trick in the new environment? Poweramp Full Version v3-build-830-play Old: Samsung Galaxy S6, Android 7.0 New: Galaxy S10, Android 9 TIA, Jim
  2. The problem presents despite toggling all the settings Andre suggests, singly or all together. The problem disappears, that is, BeyondPod (BP) can once again have its volume controlled by the hard buttons on the S6, after activating the Maximum Power Saving (MPS) option in the stock Settings->Battery->Power Saving Mode app. Among other things, this turns off networking, which I think is implicated somehow in this situation. Upon returning from MPS, and restarting BP, volume control is restored. If I restart PA, we're back to the bug. I use BP as my example simply because it's the only other audio app I currently use. The icon that appears with this bug is the same icon I've seen associated with casting, and in some of the flailing I've done I have pressed on that icon and been offered a choice like "Cast to: Google something or choose another device". I have never done casting, and don't see any apps on my phone that mention it. But I assume it involves networking of some sort, and believe that that is why going through MPS cures the symptoms until PA is restarted. I haven't been able to find a way to simply toggle networking on/off other than MPS, but at least that's easier than uninstalling/reinstalling PA. It would appear that PA somehow invokes this casting mode, in which it retains control of volume post mortem. I don't know what else to try.
  3. When I try to adjust audio volume, using the up or down volume control buttons, while listening to another app (Beyond Pod), the notification area flashes briefly with "Media...<name of bluetooth device>", then it shows the word "Poweramp" above a square icon with quarter-circles in its lower left corner and a horizontal line with a circle, indicating, apparently, the volume PA wants. The audio volume remains unchanged, even though the PA app has been closed; it is not playing music, but simply won't let me change the other app's volume. I've tried various settings: enabling/disabling DVC, Notifications->Keep Notification (an idea from another thread regarding volume issues). Is there some set of settings that will prevent PA from taking permanent control of my phone's media volume? Surely it's not necessary to uninstall PA every time I close it, or is this a known bug that will get fixed and an uninstall is a necessary temp workaround? Poweramp v3-build-820-play (Full Version) Samsung SM-G920V Galaxy S6 Android 7.0
  4. Ah, that helps in understanding the situation. While I haven''t created a new playlist in a few months, I'm sure I've added an item or moved something around in some playlist. I can recall at least one instance recently of tapping the wrong place and finding myself in reorder mode, and then tapping <back> to recover my mode. It's possible my phone's memory was full, as it often is on this little 64G phone. Virtually all my music has been side loaded, via USB/mtp from CDs ripped onto a laptop running Ubuntu 16.10, ending up in Phone/Music on the S6 in Artist/Album hierarchy. In Poweramp I create playlists from Recently Added, using default settings, and so far, everything has "just worked." I listen to podcasts via BeyondPod, several times a day, and music via Poweramp at least every two days, always via playlists. I would notice the deflated Playlist library immediately. I copied a podcast file from the laptop recently via bluetooth, but I'd think that would be outside Poweramp's interest, unless I tried to play it. The source files are still in the Music/ tree, and all the boxes are checked in the Rescan settings, though the "Internal storage" might have been unchecked when I first started poking into the situation. Apparently something spooked PA into thinking that tree was unmounted external storage and so it wiped the playlists. I don't recall setting the rescan Fonders Selection checkboxes to all on, except for "Internal storage," so I assume it's a default. I think given how I use Poweramp, that reducing the tree as much as possible makes sense. But what''s the difference between "Internal storage" and Music, for apps that play music only from that tree? What I need is a <Rebuild Playlist From Rescan> function. The fact that the current files in Playlists/ are zero length suggests it's not a switchable xml tag; that info is gone. Tried closing/restarting PA, to no avail. On the theory that an sd card might come and go, I can see a use for persistent playlists. Am I overlooking a way to recover the playlist content? Thought I'd ask before rebuilding them from scratch. Another item for the backup list.
  5. I, too, just discovered that all my playlists, with a couple of exceptions, are now empty, no files listed in the m3u8 files in the Playlists directory. The exceptions seem to contain references to songs located in the Downloads directory, so that a playlist formerly populated with 100 songs, now has 4. I have not created or added to any playlist for months. I did not even authorize the upgrade to build 807, it just happened automatically. I've performed at least 4 rescans, full and otherwise. The artist folders seem to have all their songs. If I understand Reef's solution, his playlists were intact, but were not displaying their contents until he did whatever he did with his m3u8 files. I seem to have lost everything but the names of my playlists, unless the originals are hiding somewhere. Am I simply out of luck? Having spent considerable time creating my playlists, it's a rather catastrophic failure to have them disappear without any action on my part. What could cause this behavior? Is there a way to prevent this catastrophe in the future, or must I perform a backup to an external device after any change to a playlist? Fwiw, I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S6, running Android 7.0, Poweramp v3-build-807-play (Full Version)
  6. Often (not always) when I increase the audio volume using the physical button on the edge of my Galaxy S6, I get a warning box saying something like "listening at high volumes can hurt your ears" and this box must be dismissed by tapping on an OK screen button for my function to be granted. I can manipulate the physical volume button in the blind, but no way am I going to try to tap that little OK without pulling off the road, so this gratuitous warning is itself dangerous or it renders the volume-adjustment function useless while driving a car. This is the sort of warning that might legitimately be given once, and never again; is there some way to tell whatever is issuing this warning that I get it, and now SHUT UP!? Jim
  7. jimo

    Repeating songs already played

    Can I infer from Andre's answer that Poweramp has no Random-play function, only Shuffle-play? My DVD player (Oppo 973) has both, and I enjoy catching it occasionally repeating things, or falling into various repetitive patterns briefly, as one would expect when the choice of the next song up is truly 1/N, and N is less than twenty or so. Of course, if N is really large, you would not expect many repeats, and the OP's complaint stands, even for Random-play. Jim
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