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Old 04-12-2008, 06:48 PM
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I got my Zen Sleek Photo in Feb. or so, so I am fairly new to it.
I have a couple of questions that hopefully someone can help me with:

1) I know to add music and play playlists and stuff, but it's a long, tedious process, at least how I am doing it. I have a lot of songs and I put them onto the player in the Music folder. I am putting them one by one in a folder of choice, or selecting a few at a time and dragging them. After the folder is complete, I make it a playlist. This is the long, tedious, part.
a) Is there a faster way?
b) more importantly, the folder constantly freezes up the transfer process. It will say it's transferring, but wont give me any time limit, then it will say the timing has zoned out or something. Is this just my player or do others have a problem? What can I do about that?

2) I put in a group of songs that are all named on the computer and show up in the Zen folder named and in my playlist as named. However, it shows up as blank on the player itself and although I can play it, the sound stops every few seconds for a second, then resumes playback. It's rather annoying and I'm very confused.

Help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:59 PM
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Hiya, Butterfly, and Welcome to ABi!

1. Your method does indeed sound tedious. And painful. And totally unnecessary. Your player navigates music using what's known as ID3 tags - metadata that identifies the music by title, track, artist, album, genre, and so on. In light of this, there is no reason to arrange your music into subfolders as your player will just ignore them. This leads me to...

2. Your songs lack ID3 tags. While you can tag them all yourself (and there are worthy applications such as MP3 Tag Tools that allow you to do this), it may be far easier to just choose a library manager on your PC that has auto-tagging capability, such as Windows Media Player or MediaMonkey, and let it do its thing to your untagged songs. Then, while you're already using one of these apps, simply make it your sync manager as well. No more tedious file-by-file copying.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:32 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

I have a particular style of arranging my music that the player doesnt do for me. I do it that way in order to make a playlist in the same order-then ignoring the folder itself that I originally made it from.
My songs aren't always tagged correctly-depends on where I get the song from. I have about 4,000 songs so I am not about to retag any.

About the blank tags, it's only been from this one album I just put on. When I uploaded the album to the computer, it automatically came up with names-isnt that the tag there?

Thanks for the help. Also, other help is also appreciated.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:04 PM
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About the blank tags, it's only been from this one album I just put on. When I uploaded the album to the computer, it automatically came up with names-isnt that the tag there?
Not necessarily. It depends on the media player in question. Some will write directly to the tags, while others use an internal database to keep track of your media information.

With regards to CDs, most CD-playing media players do an automatic CDDB lookup when you insert a CD it hasn't seen before. However, there is no way to save those tags to anything meaningful unless you also use that media player to rip the CD. Then it's up to the player to decide where to store the tags.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:55 PM
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