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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CTS, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. CTS

    CTS Member
    Thread Starter

    Jan 17, 2010
    I dragged and dropped a bunch of music files from my Mac onto my Moment's SD card. In the Android music player, many of the albums (classical, mostly), were all jumbled together in an "Unknown artist" file.

    The instruction book for the phone says I should not use my computer to create new folders, or rename folders, on the SD. HOw, then do I delete and rearrange music files? I don't see a prompt for creating folders in the app on the phone.


  2. 9Nails

    9Nails Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2009
    All good questions...

    Some have been answered here before but I don't mind explaining what I've learned on this.

    Step 1. Disregard the instruction book. It's written in CYA language and doesn't really help in this case.

    Step 2. Create some new folders on your SD card, name them as follows:
    SD Card\

    Step 3. Place all your Music in the \Music folder...

    Step 4. Place any Ringtones in the \media\audio\ringtones folder...

    Step 5. Place any custom Notifications in the \media\audio\notifications folder...

    Step 6. Place any custom Alarms in the \media\audio\alarms folder...

    Step 7. If your music still shows as "Unknown" try editing the file in iTunes and making sure that the artist information does show up. In some cases, iTunes showed the artist name just fine, but the Android didn't. This is because the Android seems to prefer MP3 files with ID3 v2 tags. But M4A files will work, you just might need to try another Tag editing program (other than iTunes) to write the tag for the Android to support it. In such a case, I've had success using WinAMP to edit and add artwork to a music file. Then uploaded the new file to my Android where I had to click and play the music before it picked up the change.
  3. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Resource Consumer
    San Diego
    My problem is this: I found the problem with my original query (music would ALL show up as unkown, even post-tag editing) but it was because Windows MP 11 auto-ripped my CD's to .wma files... which for some reason isn't recognized well by Android. So I ripped a CD to .mp3, but now they won't play in order. On a 12 track disc, the songs play in the order of (for ex.) 5,12,7,2,9,6.... and so on. It's totally random, and I cannot figure why the heck it's doing this.
  4. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

    98% of my music is well tagged, and I can play albums in order no problem. Granted the music player is pretty weak in general, but it seems basic enough to play things correctly. When I choose album and start at the first song it will play straight through. There is party shuffle in the menu as well as a shuffle option on the player that could be affecting things.
  5. CTS

    CTS Member
    Thread Starter

    Jan 17, 2010
    I look forward to trying those tips. I also downloaded doubletwist ... hardly a cure all, but maybe it will help,too.
  6. Tyrahn

    Tyrahn Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2009
    Theatre Technical Director
    Milwaukee, WI
    Get a decent MP3 tag editor (I've had really good luck with this.

    Check to make sure that all the track number tags are correct and, this is important, make sure all tracks are using the same number of digits. Example, if your tracks are labeled as "... 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 ..." they will play out of order. They must be "... 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 ..." If using the program I linked to, simply select all the tracks and under the "Track #" drop-down button select "Format Track # to 0x"

    If you want to do things the hard way you can directly edit MP3 tags by right-clicking the file and selecting "properties."

  7. meangene

    meangene Well-Known Member

    Good info 9nails; also, you don't need to bury the sounds in subfolders. You can create the notifications/ringtones/etc folders on the root of the sdcard as well. Though the subfolders will keep it more organized.

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