How to create playlists for uconnect

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  1. 16SRT

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    So, I've seen many questions, but not much in the way of answers on how to create playlists for uConnect. This applies to those playing their music off a USB memory stick or SD card, as the iPod handles this internally for the folks rolling that way.

    This technique works for any media player that will export an .m3u file, such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp, etc. I did this in iTunes, but used to use the other two, and they work almost the same.

    1. Create your playlist in iTunes (or other).
    2. Export to .m3u format, and save at the top level of your music directory.
    3. Open the file in your favorite text editor, and you will note all of the file names are absolute (eg. c:\user\my music\blah...). You need these names to be relative, and this is why I suggested saving at the top level (shortest relative names). So, use Find / Replace All to change "c:\user\my music\" to blank (nothing). Or, if you chose to not save the m3u at the top level, adjust your relative paths accordingly (eg. "..\music\blah\").
    4. Copy to your SD card or USB drive, ensuring path names match actual location of the file within your directory structure.
    5. Put in the car, and drive around for a while, as it takes a little longer to load a playlist.
    6. Enjoy!

    I have verified this works on my 2016 SRT 392, but assume it will work on any recent uConnect firmware.
     
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    Am I the only one who read that and about halfway through went "oh hell, that's a lot of work, I'm too lazy for this shit"...
     
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    Probably. Aside from driving around while waiting for uConnect to read it, the whole job took me less than three minutes.
     
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    fwiw, all I had to do to get my USB thumb drive to work properly was to place .m3u playlists in the root directory for each album or folder of tracks that I wanted to play in a specific order. I used a freeware app called MP3Tag to do this. Worked like a charm. Once you plug in the drive and give it a minute or so to read it, tap Browser and choose Playlists and you should see all your playlists there.
     
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    I've been trying to find an easy way to do this as well. I am in the process or organizing al my music etc and was looking for a way to export some iTunes playlists to an SD card or something.

    Side note, does anyone know of a program like Filebot that is good for music?
     
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    We have a 2016 Ram 2500 and I tried multiple ways & software to create a playlist on USB with no success. I really didn't think it felt right to manually change the m3u files using find/replace, but decided to do it after I saw, on this forum, that's how you were doing it. Success! Thanks...and mind your file paths.
     
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    If it helps, I just started using Media Monkey to replace ITunes etc. It will save your music and playlist to e thumb drive, and it saves them as m3u files. Its really easy and should work well. I am not back in the states so I can't try it for a few months, but something to consider
     
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    So just dump all songs and playlists right at the root level? Is that easiest?
     
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    Could be, not sure what max filecount per folder is though. May want to use folders if you have more than 99 files.

    Also, make sure any album artwork is smaller than 1024x1024 or it can cause a problem for the headunit to read that file and it may actually prevent the entire drive from being read.
     
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    I gotta tell you... it took me a total of 2 minutes to follow your instructions. Creating a playlist the way you instructed was quick and painless! Thank you so much! I am happy again! I played my Country Music play list all day today in my SRT :) YAY!

    By the way, if you are using Mac OS X, it's the easiest thing in the world doing this on that OS. My songs on my SD Card were already in specific genre folders, so all I had to do was drag/drop the "choose all" within my SD Card Classic Rock folder for example into my SRT Classic Rock playlist for example and that was quick.

    Also, I used TextEdit - as I highlighted the relative path/folder structure with the Find/Replace option open, it auto-filled the Find field with what was highlighted. I left the Replace field blank and clicked "OK." and that was that.

    FYI for those who haven't made a playlist yet... once you do this and reinstall your SD Card in your car, on your SD Card source audio setting, you'll see a Browse button in the bottom R. Click on it and you'll see a list of your playlists. Click the playlist you want then click "Play All" if you wanna listen to all of the songs in the list (or just 1 Artist, if you have your music structured that way and wanna listen to only The Village People for example).
     
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    Hey 16SRT forgive me if too little too late, but I just got around to trying the SD Card. I am using windows 7 pro and iTunes, writing to a 32 Gig SanDisk SDHC class 10 card. I have exported the .m3u file from iTunes to the SD card, placed my music in a folder \Music , which is one level below what I believe is the root level. (not IT type) I placed the .m3u file at the root level and changed with notepad the path to \Music\Blah...... My 2015 SRT 8.4 unconnect with nav shows that a playlist exists, searches momentarily and then gives a search option which will not find anything. Music is recognized, genres, artists, albums, all the embedded info shows but can't seem to get that playlist to load. have just over 27 gig on the card in the one directory \Music. Any help on clarification would be greatly appreciated. I can't seem to figure what I'm doing wrong. Obviously being of 70 isn't any help. I thought that perhaps I wanted it to load too quickly but after 5 minutes for just over 4400 tunes I'm thinking I'm not doing something right. When I touch the playlist icon under browse I select the one playlist, right arrow and the unit immediately gives me the search option and the songs at the top command line are red, like nothing is there or readable. Thanks
     
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    Ok folks got it to work. Didn't realize that the album name and artist which appeared as part of the path had to be deleted. Should anyone need to see a screen shot of .m3u file that finally read and works, I'll do a screenshot to show exactly what my final file looks like. Let me know. thanks 16SRT for pointing me in the right direction.
     

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