1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Here's what want to do...

    I have a Minix Android TV box and using ES File Explorer Pro I connect over my home LAN to my Win7 PC which I use to store a bunch of movies and music...

    No problems accessing the movies over the network and playing them on my TV.

    What I also want to do is, from ES File Explorer Pro on my Minix, connect over the LAN to my Win7 PC's music folders and be able to select a number of mp3s and have them (like my videos) play through the TV...

    Using 'ES' when I select one song and Play it (using ES's own music player) it works - but I can't seem to
    add additional mp3's to the song playing (ie. long press and then "More" and select Add to Playing)... - when I do this the playing song stops and the ES music player plays some mp3s from its file list (Don't know how to change/edit those songs...)

    What i want to do for playing my mp3s seems very basic - is there a better way - eg. using VLC or another app for playing my LAN based music? (Don't want to transfer my mp3s to SD storage on my MInix - nor do i want to use a cloud based solution).

    Greatly appreciate any advice and ideas...
    01-27-2019 08:55 AM
  2. Gemo's Avatar
    Made some good progress on figuring this out...

    I wound up using VLC on all my Android devices - Minix, smartphone and Samsung tablet.

    Using VLC on the device I navigated, using the top rt hand Menu, to "Local Network - and set up a connection (needed to input Username and Password) to my Win7 PC. And once I was logged on to my PC I navigated to the folder where my mp3s were located.

    First of all - I had set up some m3u playlists in my music folders (which I had used to play some selected songs on my PC) so I was curious to see if those m3u playlists would play remotely using VLC on my Android units - which they did !! At first it was a little hit and miss but the answer seemed to be to make sure that in the VLC file listing for the m3u's displays the actual number of media files in the playlist.

    For example the listing could look like this;
    Smooth Jazz.m3u
    28 media files

    For some reason a few of the m3u's showed up as 0 media files - so maybe they were corrupted, although they seemed to play OK from the PC using WMP.
    To 'fix' those few m3u's I opened them in WMP then just saved them again as a m3u playlist with a slightly different name - and then refreshed VLC and they displayed and played properly.

    Secondly - to play individual mp3's, as above I navigated to the PC folders with my music and clicked on one of the mp3's and it started playing on my Android device. To add another song(s) to be played next simply "long" press another mp3 and then click on the >+ icon at the top of the screen and the song(s) will be added to the 'playing list'...
    The song that is playing will be shown at the bottom of the screen, and if you click on it you will view the songs you have queued up.... To return to the previous directory of mp3's swipe down from the top of the screen and you'll be back at your mp3 directory...

    Hats off to VLC - gotta be one of the very best media players and it's functionality for playing LAN based mp3's was exactly what I was looking for!

    Problem solved.
    01-28-2019 10:21 AM

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