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Re: Playlist shortcuts
I'm not good at making this short, but I'll try, just because I know music storage and playlists is such a pain when it's not "working right"... Because my music is all WAVs, ripped as-is from real CDs, DVDs and Laserdiscs (Yeah, I'm that old...), and I did not, nor ever had, playlists for any of it, I've been using the system described in the 3rd paragraph for ages on PC, with the addition of playlists happening only in May of '13....
On my newest phone, the stock app is "Walkman". Sony really missed a chance at using the name's legendary connotations to make the phone appealing by supplying a great player, and put the name on a lame, basic player aimed at using their cloud content, with no playlist editor, and no folder browsing ability. If "Walkman" was used to launch a playlist, then it would "remember it" the music's location, but launching music from a file manager was impractical. Because I was already using an old school "directory based" system with a standardized file nomenclature, all I really needed was a playlist editor. I chose My Playlist maker.
"Old school" file management: All music files are arranged by folders. Folders are named using (Artist - Album title), and tracks use (Track #, Song title, Artist, Album). All saved to a master folder called "main audio folder". To each albums there's a folder. Personally assembled compilations are also in dedicated folders, and yes, this system requires having a number of duplicate files... Big deal... Storage is cheap. For the album art, I'm using JPGs of the album art called "Folder.jpg", saved to the relevant folders.
Playlists are stored in an independent folder, which only hold playlists, and nothing else. I use My Playlist maker to create playlists by pointing it to the music folder, the playlist storage folder and adding all the format extensions it has to parse (.Flac, Ape et al). When I change the music content, I just delete everything in the playlist folder, and re-create new ones, it takes a few seconds and makes it simple to keep everything synced.