Nexus 7 - unwanted Albums on music player

william fair

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My lovely children downloaded a bunch on games, noticed many strange albums are now in the google music play as "unknown artist". I can delete one song at a time but no delete for entire album. Downloaded a "computer" app, similare to MS file explorer but cant find songs or albums. How to get rid of them in bulk.? thank you
 

Diknak

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If you can locate the folder they are stored in, you can place a .nomedia file in there and it should exclude it. You might need to clear your music player cache for it to take effect, but that should do it.

To create the file, use an app like ES Explorer, go to the folder, and click Create > File and simply name it .nomedia
 

repligation

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You must be rooted to see those with a file explorer. You will not be able to access them otherwise (except in Play Music). Again a reason why I will probably get my music elsewhere and then upload it so I will have access to the files for transfer to other devices (and of course deleting).

EDIT: Actually on second thought they might actually be accessible since they came from other apps. look for the developer's name on any of the folders
 

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You must be rooted to see those with a file explorer. You will not be able to access them otherwise (except in Play Music). Again a reason why I will probably get my music elsewhere and then upload it so I will have access to the files for transfer to other devices (and of course deleting).

That's not always true. Most app data is stored in /Android/data which does not require root to modify. Typically the only data that is stored at the superuser level is saved data (like saved game files).

edit: to add to this, I just tried this with my podcast app (BeyondPod) and it worked just fine. The same thing happened. I downloaded podcasts in this app and they appeared in the Music app. After adding the .nomedia file, they no longer appeared in Music (took about 5 min for it to take effect without clearing cache).
 

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That's not always true. Most app data is stored in /Android/data which does not require root to modify. Typically the only data that is stored at the superuser level is saved data (like saved game files).

Thanks I just realized that he was talking about files that came from somewhere other than Google Play Music.
 

william fair

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Thank you for feedback. I could not see any of my saved albums in music folder, I think they are hidden, nor sure why casino game saved them there. Made little Christine delete them! Google support said multiple delete cash be done via PC.
 

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