m3u playlist work, but only the files on the drive the file is read from. I can't seem to change drives. I tried F: - I tried f:/filename. If I read the file from drive F; then it works but G: wont work etc. Making a playlist from VLC media player or winamp doesn't work either. My flash drives are lettered so they're the same all the time. The playlist works using the drives on the computer though.
RMP support for .m3u playlists is intended to support files on the same volume. Cross volume playlists are not supported. I'll add that as a feature request though. One can, however, use http addresses if you have files available on a http server.
#EXTM3U #EXTINF:3130,Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) Z:\Cartoons\Christmas Cartoons\Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962).mp4 #EXTINF:127,Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree I:\Music\Christmas\Brenda Lee - 03 - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.mp3
If I place the m3u on drive Z; only Magoo shows up.. Run the same file placed on drive I; and only the song shows up..
If you create that m3U on your computer using absolute file paths, it's not going to play on a different device where it may be mounted with a different mount point (drive letter).
Simple M3U playlist with absolute filesystem path:
# This is a comment C:\My Music\Pink Floyd\1979---The_Wall_CD1\1.In_The_Flesh.mp3 C:\My Music\Pink Floyd\1979---The_Wall_CD1\10.One_Of_My_Turns.mp3
Simple M3U playlist with relative filesystem path:
# This is a comment Pink Floyd\1979---The_Wall_CD1\1.In_The_Flesh.mp3 Pink Floyd\1979---The_Wall_CD1\10.One_Of_My_Turns.mp3
What you're creating is and Extended m3u playlist, but the file path issue is still relevant...
Extended M3U playlist:
#EXTM3U #EXTINF:199,Pink Floyd - In The Flesh R:\Music\Pink Floyd\1979---The_Wall_CD1\1.In_The_Flesh.mp3 #EXTINF:217,Pink Floyd - One Of My Turns R:\Music\Pink Floyd\1979---The_Wall_CD1\10.One_Of_My_Turns.mp3
And as you've already discovered, the mount point of the device you plug the usb stick into makes a difference. Find the settings in VLC or whatever you're using to generate the playlist where you can tell it to create the list using RELATiVE file paths.
By doing this, you can create the stick and playlist on your computer and then go plug it into the Roku and it'll work. Or plug it into your Silverado and play Media on the fancy radio, or plug it into the usb port on your samsung TV and use smart hub to play media. It won't matter what device you plug it into because the file paths are RELATIVE and not specific to the machine on which the list was created. (Yes... I've done this and learned why to use relative paths.... and plugged it into my Roku, my truck, and my TV ... and it works in all of them)
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