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Author Topic: Will my Windows playlists work on the Mac side?  (Read 2213 times)

petergraup

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Will my Windows playlists work on the Mac side?
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:45:28 pm »

I have put a lot of work into creating many long playlists. My files are on a Network Attached Storage device.

I am now worried that the playlists point to file paths on my NAS which might not work under the Mac.

And having to edit the files path manually would be tedious to say the least.
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Re: Will my under Windows created playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2013, 03:59:19 am »

I tried to import playlist in all possible formats and none could be opened as a file when trying to.

Is playlist import not yet functional in the most recent version of JRiver for Mac?
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Re: Will my under Windows created playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2013, 04:53:35 am »

Playlist importing works fine, but, the paths have to be converted.

- What is a representative path from one of your playlists?

- What is the new path from your Mac to get to the same file?
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Re: Will my under Windows created playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2013, 10:13:20 am »

Ok... I got it working, but it is not straight forward or I am missing a trick.

This is what I have done:
  • On the JRiver 18 Windows side I clicked on FILE->EXPORT ALL PLAYLISTS. This creates folders with all .m3u playlists inside. As MrC suggests the paths are wrong. The file paths in the .m3u files are formatted for Windows to find the files on my NAS filer. So I had to find a way to a) find out the right path for MacOS to understand and b) to convert the path in all files.
  • For this I created a test playlist on JRiver Mac 18 and looked at the path notation which is created on the Mac side.
  • Then I searched for a tool to mass convert the .m3u files to contain the right path information. I found a tool called TexFinderX (see at:http://sw.ixoft.com/texfinderx/). There are maybe better ones out there, but it could do the job.
  • I replaced with the tool the Windows path in all files of the export to match the MacOS notation. In my case it was a 2-step approach: 1. I had to change the Windows drive in my case called "X:" with "/Volumes/Music". This depends on where you store you files I guess. 2. I had to change "\" with "/" in all .m3u files.
  • Lastly I imported the changed playlists with the command FILE->IMPORT PLAYLIST to JRiver Mac 18. Unfortunately, you need to do this file by file as no bulk import seems to be possible. And you need to re-create the folder structure.

So this did the trick, but unless I am making life too complicated out of ignorance this is not straight forward.

I would hope the JRiver team recognises the need for an import and path conversion tool as part of helping to switch from Windows to Mac.

Cheers
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Re: Will my under Windows created playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013, 10:35:31 am »

Ok... I got it working, but it is not straight forward or I am missing a trick.
Then I searched for a tool to mass convert the .m3u files to contain the right path information. I found a tool called TexFinderX
M3U files are text files, so notepad would work. 

Thanks for the instructions.
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Re: Will my Windows playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 09:24:34 pm »

I've created a Playlist converter.  It will convert Mac <--> Win versions of MC's playlists. I'll post and write up instructions if anyone is interested.
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Re: Will my Windows playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2013, 03:24:08 am »

Yes!Yes!Yes! You are a star!
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Re: Will my Windows playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2013, 06:45:24 pm »

Question.  Are you OK if the exported M3u playlists are modified (since you can re-export them), or do you need new files to be written out.

I'm assuming you want to recursively process one or more folders.

The code is done, depending upon your response to the above question.
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Re: Will my Windows playlists work on the Mac side?
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2013, 03:22:36 pm »

Bump.   Any response to this (from anyone who is interested)?

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Question.  Are you OK if the exported M3u playlists are modified (since you can re-export them), or do you need new files to be written out.

I'm assuming you want to recursively process one or more folders.

The code is done, depending upon your response to the above question.
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