Tips Get rid of files you don't want showing up in the stock music player

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Sim-X, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Sim-X

    Sim-X Well-Known Member
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    So I installed a game from gameloft (Let's golf, great graphics btw)

    Anyway I notice a bunch of sounds files were showing up in my music player I didn't want. Very annoying. I searched around here and didn't really find that much help. After some further searching around the net the easiest way I could find was as follows:

    1. Open up notepad, don't type anything just go to file, save as. Change the drop down box for Save as type: select all files. Under file name simply type ".nomedia" without quotes.

    2. Connect your phone to your computer, locate where the sound files you don't want are. In the same folder as where all the files are, drag the .nomedia file you made to that folder. Disconnect the phone

    3. Reboot your phone, once booted open up the music player (you might still see the files there since it's cached) Go to the all songs tab, select a song. This will refresh the cache and you should no longer see any annoying files in your widget or playlist.

    Before this I had to make a custom playlist and select that but everytime I rebooted I would have to select the playlist again plus if you add new songs you would have to go into the playlist.

    Also if you don't know where the annoying files are, you should be able to hold down on it in the music application and go to details. This will show u where the files are located.

    So I hope this helps some people as this has been bothering me for days so hopefully you don't have to search around as much as I had to. :cool:
     

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  2. hankbear

    hankbear Active Member
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    Great tip!!
     
  3. Rob_A

    Rob_A Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for posting this, but;

    You actually only need to access your SD card with a file browser like "Astro" and create a folder named ".nomedia" inside the folder you want the gallery or music player to ignore. :D
     
  4. timevoid

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    Thanks for the great information! Worked like a charm. Don't know why those game companies didn't think doing that so we didn't have to. Those game sound files were SO annoying.
     
  5. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member
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    any idea how to create the .nomedia file on a mac??? mac wont let you name a file with ".[dot]" at the begining...

    thanks
     
  6. sitlet

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    You can do it on the phone with Astro.
     
  7. timevoid

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    Yeah I use File Manager but some people use astro. Either program is great to have because you can move items around your sd card/phone or into different folders you create. Its one of those programs everyone should have.
     
  8. Brian Rubin

    Brian Rubin Well-Known Member
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    Will this affect podcast players like Doggcatcher as well? I don't want my podcast files showing up in the media player, but I still want DoggCatcher to see them.
     
  9. eric.doggcatcher

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    Doing this won't affect DC, it will still be able to see the files.

    There's a preference in DC that hides all the podcasts from the media library, it's called 'share media'. This creates the .nomedia files in the DC directories.
     
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  10. Brian Rubin

    Brian Rubin Well-Known Member
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    Ah, so there is! Thanks Eric! :)
     
  11. eric.doggcatcher

    eric.doggcatcher Active Member
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    You're welcome, thanks for supporting the app.
     
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  12. Brian Rubin

    Brian Rubin Well-Known Member
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    Oh sure, I love being able to download podcasts over the air, something I wanted to do with my iPhone but never could, obviously. ;) Thanks for a great app. :)
     
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  13. elteedub

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    i must have did something wrong i used astro.... i went to the the lets golf game...and created a folder called .nomedia where all the music files were and put them in there....they didnt show in my music list anymore but when i went to play the game i had to redownload the music and it put it exactly where i moved it from ...so i have the music files for the game in .nomedia and then the game put them also back where they were......did i do something wrong ?????????
     
  14. elteedub

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  15. RickJ

    RickJ Well-Known Member
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    You only need an empty folder .nomedia in the same directory where the unwanted media is. Do not move anything into the folder, in this case you can delete the files in the .nomedia folder
     
  16. elteedub

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