Now that I’m finally trying to drag my ass to the gym on a semi-regular basis, it’s become imperative that I figure out how to get playlists working properly on my iRiver H120. (Nothing quite throws you off your stride like a sudden shuffle from The Crystal Method into Vivaldi.) Initial results from perusal of the H120 documentation are promising:

  • The H120 understands M3U format only.
  • You flip the player into playlist mode by tapping the A->B button while it’s stopped.

Naturally, however, there are complications. For one thing, the M3U “standard”, if such a thing can be said to exist, doesn’t specify a path separator, so the dreaded “backslash vs. slash” issue inevitably rears its ugly head. The H120 requires backslashes. BMP, the media player I currently use on my work desktop, requires slashes.

Oh, well. I had already resolved to write a script that would periodically index my music collection and build playlists. Now I’ll just have to have it build them twice, once in each format. So it goes. (Perhaps I won’t have to reinvent this particular wheel. Some of these problems, at least, have already been encountered and solved.)

Once that’s done, I’ll see about building a database so that I can listen by genre.

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