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Poweramp doesn't display one of my songs in Library and Folder views.  Poweramp also does not display the song in my File-Based Playlists.  However Poweramp plays the song when it is selected using a file manager program.

 

The problem surfaced after installing build 556, or perhaps build 557.  A Full Rescan didn't resolve the problem.  And neither did refreshing the Music Folder contents, by deleting and then importing all songs after rebooting.

 

BTW, this issue seems to be similar to the recently posted "Poweramp on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 doesn't bring all files" topic.

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Build 558 resolved this issue.

 

Neg, I just installed build 558 (on a Ca-Fi Dashlinq4 android-based car stereo headunit) and I'm getting the same issue.  Most of my M3U playlists are missing large portions of their songs when accessed via the Poweramp library (one playlist that actually has 103 items in it only shows 28 in Poweramp).  The same M3U files play perfectly in Rocket Player.

 

[EDIT]

Uninstalled build 558 and tried 559.  No change.

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Do the missing songs play OK from the regular Poweramp Library view (and/or Folders view)? If they aren't in the main library for some reason, they won't appear in playlists either.

Andre

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Do the missing songs play OK from the regular Poweramp Library view (and/or Folders view)? If they aren't in the main library for some reason, they won't appear in playlists either.

Andre

 

I will check later tonight.

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The songs appear in the library and play fine.

Tested with my Celtic Woman songs; the playlist they're supposed to be in is entirely empty, even though the songs are present and playable.

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And if you look at the M3U files themselves in a text editor, do all of the lines point to the correct file locations (i.e. the path information us correct for your device's file system)?

Andre

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Yep.

 

I mean, I'll double-check, but all the music was sync'd by the same method and all the playlists were created the same way; either they should all work, or none of them should.

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Also check in case there are some non regular-ASCII characters in the folder or filenames, and if so try using M3U8 format (which handles Unicode text).

From the Wiki at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M3U:

If an m3u file is edited with a text editor, it must be saved in the Windows-1252 format. "m3u" files properly use the Latin-1 character set. The Unicode version of "m3u" is "m3u8", which uses UTF-8 Unicode characters.

Andre

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Folder structure is <external sd card>/Music/Playlists, e.g., <card>/Music/Playlists/Celtic Woman.m3u.

 

Music file references in the playlist files are relative, e.g., ../Celtic Woman/The Greatest Journey- Essential Collection/01 The Call.mp3

 

No unusual characters that I've noticed.

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Just to check in case it is the path format that is causing the issue, try creating a new filename-only version of the M3U file (i.e. use a text editor to remove all the path info, leaving just the filename portion) and put that M3U file in the same folder as the music files. If that works, try a version with just a foldername/filename.mp3 format and put the M3U file in the root of the 'Music' folder.

Andre

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Update:  Playlist file in the same folder as the files it's referencing, with no path information inside it (only file names) worked for my Celtic Woman playlist.

 

Unfortunately, this is not a solution, as nearly all of my playlists contain songs from multiple artists and albums.

 

Placing the playlist in the /Music/ folder, with appropriate relative-path structure for the files referenced within, did not work.

 

 

 

On a side-note, I did find one case of a song being omitted in another music app (Rocket Player) because of oddball characters in the MP3's file name.  Renaming the file and editing the playlist appropriately solved that in Rocket, but that playlist is still only showing 28 out of the 103 tracks it should have when opened in Poweramp.

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Just in case it is some odd characters in the path (it really doesn't sound like that though) try renaming the .m3u playlist files as .m3u8 (Unicode UTF-8 format) and see if that makes a difference.

If the playlists work within a folder (with no path info at all) then they should also work when moved one folder level up, and using the relative path format "Celtic Woman/songname.mp3" too (no prefixes, just use the foldername plus "/" plus filename). Playlists at their simplest are a plain line-by-line list of filenames or folder/filenames, everything else can be removed and they should still work.

Andre

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I tried the .m3u8 thing, no change.  I also tried adjusting the file to (hopefully) work one level down from /Music/ (i.e., place it in /Music/Celtic Woman/), but no luck there either.

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Strange, I've just tested your scenario and it works perfectly for me with a manually created M3U file (just a long list of folder/filename lines).

Andre

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Most of my M3U files were created with a WPL-to-M3U script that includes some metadata in the output file, but I've tried both stripping out the metadata and recreating the same playlist by hand without that metadata with no change.

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Metadata really shouldn't matter too much as the point of it is that it's able to be ignored by apps that don't support or need it. But I can't figure out why local relative paths aren't working for you as they are fine for me.

Andre

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I dunno either, and I wish I knew.  I keep hearing people rave about Poweramp, and I'd love to use it, but I just can't make the switch unless there's an easy way to get my playlists from WMP on my computer to work properly in it.  My method for Rocket Player is:  Plug SD card into comp with adapter, use WMP to sync music to SD card; copy WPL playlist files to /Music/Playlists/ on card (the WPL files already use relative paths); use script to make .m3u files from the WPLs, then clean up the now-unneeded WPL copies; load in player of choice.  Works perfectly in Rocket, but Poweramp...well, you get the idea by now.

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That's broadly what I do too when I want a playlist; I also sometimes just use Command Line and do a "DIR /s /b /og /on >filename.m3u", and edit out the stuff I don't want from longer albums.

Andre

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Like I said earlier though, most of my playlists are mixlists of songs from different artists and albums (the Celtic Woman one I've been using as an example is the exception), built in WMP.  I've got the script that makes M3U playlists from the WPL files, but for whatever reason, Poweramp just doesn't read most of them properly.

 

Here, take this ZIP, place the Music folder within it on the root of your removable SD card (or merge it with the one that's already there), and see how Poweramp handles the included playlist for you.

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I almost wish that it didn't, but your playlist worked perfectly for me. I just dropped the folder you sent straight into my music folder, thus making the folder nesting as follows:

MP3s stored inside folder:

/storage/extSdCard/MusicFolders/TestMusic/Celtic Woman/The Greatest Journey- Essential Collection/

Playlist file stored as:

/storage/extSdCard/MusicFolders/TestMusic/Playlists/Celtic Woman.m3u

Then I ran Poweramp and selected the newly found playlist from Library > Playlists, and it played the 10 chosen files (out of the 18 in the album folder) fine. The relative paths were OK, and it didn't even mind the Windows vs. Unix "\" and "/" path separators.

I think I'll listen to it tonight anyway - just to test it fully you understand, lovely music!

Andre

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Heh.  If you like it, please, buy one of their albums.  :)

 

And that is frustrating, because that's the exact same file structure as I have, and when I open that playlist in Poweramp it says "0 songs".  :(

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I have a good many of those tracks on other albums anyway. :)

I agree it's frustrating - it worked perfectly for me with no editing at all, I just expanded the zip file and copied it into a test folder on my phone's SD Card (I'm using a Note 3 running stock 4.4.2 if that helps). I just can't see why yours should not work - if the songs appear correctly in the Folders/Library views, then they should show in that Playlist too.

Could you email poweramp.maxmpz (at) gmail.com, giving the details of the problem and including a link to this thread saying we've debugged it as far as possible here and I've suggested you report it directly now. Can you get any catlog or other Android log files (not sure if your device is rooted, I suspect not).

Andre

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