Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 04-26-2010, 04:41 PM
ted209 ted209 is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 40
Default 'Unknown Artist'- workaround

I have just found a simple workaround for the following problem:

Every 100th song uploaded is shown as "unknown artist/unknown album" (even when ID3 tags are all formatted correctly).

The following workaround works perfectly for me, as I normally listen to entire albums (and have found it very annoying when it skips a song, because it's the "unknown" track).

This solution is to use playlists, and requires one simple command-line tool: Tag.exe
(available from )

Copy tag.exe into the root directory of your Sansa, then save this as a batch file (e.g. SansaTag.bat).:
tag --playlist --recursive *
If you want the playlist to be called the same name as the folder, add "--dirname" to the above batch file.

When you run tha batch file, tag.exe puts playlists for all mp3 files in each folder. For my m260 (V2 firmware, refurb) this works perfectly. I now just browse albums through the playlist menu. Only downside is that it now takes a few minutes to update the database (I have 100 albums on my m260).

Hope this is of some help to someone.

(PS. I tried several of the methods from but some didn't work and some require MTP mode).

Last edited by ted209; 04-29-2010 at 06:33 PM.
Reply With Quote

Advertisement [Remove Advertisement]


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 AM.