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I just down loaded trial version and trying to decide whether to buy. Have LOTS of lossless music on a portable hard drive that I'd like to play via my Android tablet. Poweramp doesn't seem to see the USB drive. Does this change when I buy? Or is there something else I need to do to do this? Works fine for music copied to tablet.y

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There is no difference between the paid and trial versions (apart from the trial version being time limited).

Could you try selecting your external drive in Settings > Folders and Library > Music Folders, and then do a Full Rescan.

Andre

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I have been using Poweramp now for nearly two years on a Nexus 7 2013 ( Android 6.0.1)  and have the same problem. I have sent 2 messages and an email to support and only had one response with advice saying same as above. I would very much like to be able to select the folders on the plugged in USB blade -  but nothing on the blade is visible on Poweramp. I  have to use another app (File Manager) to copy files or folders into the Nexus memory in order to play them, or connect my Nexus to a PC and squirt them into the Nexus memory. I understood this might be fixed in version 3 but there is no sign of that in the new version features. It's a real pain as there is nowhere near enough internal memory in the Nexus to store all my music and Podcasts. Does anyone know of a solution? I think USB mount app might fix it, but the app is rooted which concerns me. Also - If I buy a more expensive tablet  Eg. Samsung Galaxy S2 will I have the same problem with the SD card not being seen by Poweramp? 

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Just a thought, but what is your USB device formatted as? You can see and select it in the Music Folders list, but not see any contents (folders or files), correct?

Andre

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Hi,

 

I have a 128gb connected to my android unit and it sees it ok. I did have to format the drive to fat32 for my android unit to see it, but since I have done this it been ok.

Koush

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Thanks Andre - sorry I didn't explain very well -  I  cannot see anything at all of the usb device in the Music Folders list (Only internal memory shows up.) It is formatted FAT32.

Cheers,   Ray

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Ah, then yes you do need to work out some way to mount it visibly. Max did make some changes in the alpha test builds of Poweramp v3, so you could try build 703 and see if that helps?

Andre

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Hi Koush. If you mean settings/Storage & USB/Explore - no, it just shows folders with the heading "Internal storage". The only way I can see the usb is with Nexus Media Importer app  - that allows me to read/write/erase/copy files  and play some music formats. Strange - that app says it is not rooted, can do anything with the files but Poweramp cant even see them! If I need to mount the drive, do you know if that's possible without root? I cant see any app so far on play store that does not want root.

Cheers,   Ray

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That'll be because the app is accessing the USB device directly, not mapping it to the Android filesystem so other apps can see it too.

Andre

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Hi,

If you use an app call ES File Explorer, see if it sees you external drive. If it does then PA should also see it. If it does not, try to format your drive fat32 or exfat and see if it see it. I had mine formatted to exfat and it would not see it, I have to format to fat32, used a program called Guiformat, it formats drives into fat32 that are bigger than 8gb, see     attached.  By the way, what is the make and model of the tablet, it might help us find specs that might tell what file format it reads.

Koush

guiformat.exe

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