Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to Create a Playlist in Mediascape application for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

I recently just upgraded my Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 expecting that the Mediascape application would allow me to create a playlist from the phone itself. Unfortunately I was wrong. The only way to create a playlist in Mediascape is to install a Media Go that can be downloaded from Sony PC Companion. Since I don't need another media player and I'm mostly running on Linux, installing Media Go isn't an option for me. After couple of hours googling about this issue, I found that Mediascape is able to recognize the M3U playlist file. I then went to Wikipedia to see what M3U format really is. It turns out that M3U file basically just a plain text file with some information in it and it's pretty easy to create/parse.

In order to create M3U format, there are 4 things that we need.
- Track length in seconds
- Artist name from ID3 tag
- Title name from ID3 tag
- Absolute/relative path where the audio file is located

This feature to create/read/modify the M3U format has been incorporated into my ID3Tidy application. To create a playlist in my Mediascape, all we need to do is to open the MP3 files that we wish to be included inside the playlist from /sdcard/music into the ID3Tidy application. And then create a M3U file and save it into the /sdcard/music/Whatever.m3u

Enjoy! :)

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