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    Unusual codecs

    I need to convert a flash drive from mp3 to either m3u, pls, or wpl. This is for use in a 2022 Chevy Silverado
    which will not play my mp3. According to the manual it will only recognize the abvove 3. Any help appreciated.
    Thanks, John.

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Hey John,

    all three formats are not audio codecs for music files but types of playlists. The player reads those playlists and plays the refered music files in that order. So the type of playlist is not a hint for the needed audio codec.


    Dat Ei

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Thanks for the reply Dat. I have never run into this before. How do I apply these playlists to my drive to enable it
    to work? JW

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Hey John,

    playlists are text files and refered and list audio files with their paths (with relativ or absolute pathes). Usually you create playlists with an audio player, but AFAIK dBpoweramp can create playlists too. But I'm not a specialist in that topic because I' don't use static playlists at all.

    Nevertheless - beside the playlist you need the audio files which are refered by the playlist. Are there no hints in the manual for the car audio system? Or don't you have a functioning example? What happens if you copy simple mp3 files to your flash drive and use it the drive with your car audio system?


    Dat Ei

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Actually I already have about 10 gig of cb's on flash drive, originally done with wma but converted to mp3 when wma began to not be supported in various vehicles. I have had this setup for years, and I run identical flash drives in my car and
    pickup, which is a 2016 Silverado. (The car is a 2021 Mercedes, both support mp3.) I was looking into trading for a 2022
    Silverado, but wanted to check to make sure it would support the flash drives, since I listen to them 90% of the time. When I
    plugged my drive into the new truck it did not recognize it at all. Looking at the manual all it says is that usb supports the 3 files mentioned above. So your suggestion was right on, except that I have been doing this since about 2013. Anyway I am not in any great hurry to do this trade, so will probably hold off until I can figure this out. Unfortunately I am not the most computer savvy person around so my learning curve can be a little longer. I sure appreciate your interest.

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Also is it possible to do this conversion through dbPoweramo?

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Quote Originally Posted by John W View Post
    Also is it possible to do this conversion through dbPoweramo?
    The easiest way I know to create playlists for all your albums (one per directory) is to use Mp3tag.

    In Mp3tag, go to 'Tools > Options' then 'Playlist' and configure as per the attached screenshot.

    mp3tag.jpg

    This will configure Mp3tag to create a .m3u playlist in every subfolder that you load into Mp3tag, named using the album artist and album tags.

    Once you've configured the settings, go to 'File > Add directory' and select a directory to test with.
    Hit 'Ctrl + Shift + P' and when it prompts you to approve the location of the playlist click OK (if it looks correct).

    Once you're happy it's working and ready to create playlists for all your albums, uncheck 'Show confirm filename dialog' in the Playlist configuration.

    Test this on a few albums first and then check if it works for you in the Infotainment center, as it's trivial to change the name of the playlists or their locations (depending upon whether you can browse by folder or if the playlists all need to be in a root folder).

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    Re: Unusual codecs

    Thanks simbun. If this is the easiest I;d hate to see the hardest. lol. May be beyond my expertise but I'll give it
    a shot. Thanks for the info. JW

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