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Old 11-18-2009, 08:29 AM
BeachBum BeachBum is offline
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Default Mozaic EZ300 & WMP11 Playlist Problem

Hi,

I recently replaced my lost Zen Mozaic with a Mozaic EZ300 model (didn't realize it was a different model until it arrived). With my first Mozaic, I could easily add playlists created in WMP11. I synched these same playlists to the EZ300...the songs show up in the player but not the playlists. All I get when I press the playlist button is a message telling me to add songs to a playlist. The playlists are not mentioned. I have upgraded the firmware to the latest version but nothing changed. I have successfully added these same playlists through WMP11 to my Vision M, my husband's Zen, and my original Mozaic, so I know I'm not doing something wrong.

I do not want to get involved with the Creative software and have to create new playlists. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am using a PC with Vista, if that makes a difference, but I do have computers with XP.

Thanks,
Kelly
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Old 06-13-2010, 04:58 AM
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I was able to solve a similar problem by using a tip posted by "Kobai" on another forum http://forums.mycreativefansite.com/...zaic-ez300/15/ as reply #25 which is on page 2 of the replies to the post.

Basically, the user wrote a program to massage the .m3u playlist that Winamp or WMP11 puts out to make it work with Zen Mosaic EZ series players. The problem is that the EZ Mosaic uses DOS 8.3 short filenames in its .m3u playlists whereas Winamp or WMP11 (presumably, I use Winamp) puts out the .m3u playlist file using long filenames. The .m3u playlist files are just text files you can open with Notepad - so if you create one with the Mosaic EZ itself and then bring it into the PC and look at it with Notepad and compare to a playlist made by Winamp or WMP11 you'll see what is going on. The poster in the other forum, Kobai, just wrote a program that takes what Winamp or WMP11 puts out and converts the filenames. It is a bit klunky to use compared to something 100 programmers have refined over a few decades, but if you learn it it gets the job done in a flash.

I use iTunes to download podcasts and organize them so I can make up a playlist. I then import the iTunes playlist into Winamp to get it into .m3u format, then use Winamp to download it into a "Winamp Playlist" folder on the Mosaic. I then use Kobai's PlaylistMod.exe to take it from the "Winamp Playlist" folder on the Mosaic, convert it into something the Mosaic can use, and it ends up in the "Playlist" folder on the Mosaic which is where playlists the Mosaic can use are supposed to end up. Then the Mosaic recognizes the playlist and I can listen to it.
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