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  1. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

    I just got in my nice, 64GB SD card and I created a folder called music in the root of it and copied a lot of my songs over. Play Music however doesn't see them when I go to Device instead of all. I know the card is working fine, Astro and everything else sees the card and all the files on it, and I can even choose the music for ringtones. This makes me believe it's not a problem with my S4.

    Am I doing something wrong? Maybe need to rename the directory something else for Play Music to see it?

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  2. SebaKL

    SebaKL Well-Known Member

    Best is to format the card using your phone. It will create proper directory structure. Then use Media folder to store your music.
    See if that makes any difference.
  3. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

    Yes, I did let the phone format it.

    As far as Media folder, do you mean one that the OS makes or me changing the folders name from Music to Media?
  4. gimpy

    gimpy Member

    Please clarify for me. Your thread title says that play music doesn't see the mp3's on the sd card? But, in your post, it infers (or the way I read it) that it doesn't see it on the "device", but does see it when you use "all"?

    On my s4 when I use play music, I only have 7 or 8 songs on "device", but all the others are copied onto my sd card and show up when I use "all"

    Sorry, for my confusion. I am new to this phone and am rooted which adds further confusion =-O

    Frank
  5. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

    No, it doesn't see it when I use All. It's a song that I don't have uploaded to my Play Music account on Google's servers.
  6. SebaKL

    SebaKL Well-Known Member

    After format, you should see MEDIA folder created for you. Place the mp3 in that Media folder.

    And if for whatever reason you don't get it after formatting the SD card, you can create one yourself.
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  7. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

    Thank you, I will try that :)

    EDIT: Worked perfectly. Thank you :)
  8. dontpanicbobby

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    Google Music has removed exterior SD card support from the latest version.
  9. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

    Apparently not because the Media folder worked. Sees all my music in the Media folder on my SD card.

    Not mention it would be the stupidest thing for Google to do. The SD card is the perfect place for music as well as photos and videos. Wouldn't be smart to waste internal storage on that.
  10. dontpanicbobby

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  11. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

    That's talking about where to download music too, not where to read it from. The only way Play Music would stop reading from the SD card is if they disabled Android from reading SD cards and that would seriously hurt them.

    EDIT: And after reading the companion article from a month prior, it seems this closes a hack that was just introduced in the previous version where you could edit the settings to choose an SD slot to download too.
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