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I remove my Micro SD card to add more music to my phone. Insert the Micro SD card again and all my playlists are empty, all my plays and ratings have disappeared. Luckily I have Playlist Manager so I can import my ratings and plays but my playlists now need to be completely re-organised. I have over 200 so this will take hours. 

 

Why does this keep happening? This has happened to me three times now. Poweramp knows where the songs are, it has no trouble finding them but it's like it just forgets all about them. This need to be better or I'm just moving to something else, I'm getting sick and tired of having to keep doing this.

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This is not specific to Poweramp so moving to something else will not help. The minute you remove your sdcard, both android and Poweramp notice this and start to rescan your device. As far as they are concerned, you have effectively deleted the tracks. Now when you reinsert the sdcard, the new tracks are found but treated as new. No knowledge exists concerning the tracks so your playlists show up as empty. To prevent losing your playlist ALWAYS export them as .m3u8 which is effectively a backup. You wil not lose your playlists again.

 

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28 minutes ago, flyingdutchman said:

This is not specific to Poweramp so moving to something else will not help. The minute you remove your sdcard, both android and Poweramp notice this and start to rescan your device. As far as they are concerned, you have effectively deleted the tracks. Now when you reinsert the sdcard, the new tracks are found but treated as new. No knowledge exists concerning the tracks so your playlists show up as empty. To prevent losing your playlist ALWAYS export them as .m3u8 which is effectively a backup. You wil not lose your playlists again.

 

But when I import my playlists again I have to have them titled . m3u8 which is incredibly annoying and distracting. How come this only happens some of the time though? I removed my card two days ago and everything stayed the same, but today they're all gone?

 

Thanks for the advice though. I'll import my . m3u8 backups.

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5 minutes ago, ReeceS269 said:

But when I import my playlists again I have to have them titled . m3u8 which is incredibly annoying and distracting. How come this only happens some of the time though? I removed my card two days ago and everything stayed the same, but today they're all gone?

 

Thanks for the advice though. I'll import my . m3u8 backups.

If you switch your device off you can remove your sdcard without issues. Reinsert also whilst the device is off. Reboot and any new tracks will be found 

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1 hour ago, flyingdutchman said:

If you switch your device off you can remove your sdcard without issues. Reinsert also whilst the device is off. Reboot and any new tracks will be found 

Thanks. I'll be sure to do that from now on. 

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The problem is if the phone is on and Poweramp starts scanning to find new tracks but the SD Card is not there, PA can only conclude that all of the songs that were previously present have now been deleted, so they get removed from the Library database just like any other deleted song. And as internal playlists are nothing more than pointers to songs within the Library, any Playlist contents will be cleared too (which is permanent, they are empty at this point).

Then you put the card back in and PA finds a whole load of 'new' music files (the Library is currently empty don't forget) and scans all these new songs into the Library. So while it all looks the same to you once this process is complete, as far as PA are concerned these are all 'new' tracks and have no relevance to old (deleted) playlists.

Any physical playlist (M3U or M3U8 format) will not have been deleted though (the playlist contains references to the paths/files) and so they will get repopulated with the songs again.

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It would be great if there were some way that PA could add the ratings and EQ settings to the tags... Or, a system type file on the SD card that it could look to... It's extremely annoying to find that your hours and ours of listeninh and rating and custom EQ settings have all vanished... I have THOUSANDS of songs... 

 

The other odd thing that makes no sense to me is, before I used this card for Power Amp in my Car, I used it on my phone... I put it in my Car, and all my ratings moved with it... I was like, "cool"! Then a few days I pulled it to put more music on it, and everything was lost... 

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my problem is similar but different.

i've made a system update on my phone (honor 9) but was only a security update like others in the past.

 

from that moment i find my playlist only as a external file playlist so if i insert a new song that will not save.

i've tried also to import system playlist without success

 

How can be?

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If your playlists are showing as external files, it's probably because you used PA's 'Export Playlists' function, which creates .M3U8 files. You can make local changes within PA to them, but they are not saved back to the file copy or if you ever lose the local database copy then you would be back to the file version.

What you can do, is long-press on the M3U8 Playlist name within PA's library and select "Add to Playlist", which will copy the entire contents to a new (internal database) playlist that you can manipulate as needed. Remember this version won't be backed up either, so any system failure or re-install will lose all the contents anyway.  

Andre

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