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How to create external m3u playlists for FiiO X-series players with M3U Dropper

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Post time 2016-11-24 17:15:40 |Show all posts |
Edited by FiiO-Shadow at 2017-7-17 19:22

M3U Dropper is a portable and easy-to-use Windows application which allows you to quickly create m3u playlists. You can download it from this link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ga2qw7k15oxtwb4/M3U%20Dropper.zip?dl=0

Below is the step by step instructions of how to create an m3u playlist that can be played on the X-series players.


1. Connect the player to the computer

Set the USB mode of the player to Storage (no need for the X1 1st gen), then connect it to the computer via USB with micro SD card inserted.

If the player is recognized by the computer, it will show up in the Windows explorer. And you can see the drive letter assigned by Windows for the micro SD card.
drive letter.png


2. Run "M3U Dropper.exe"

Unzip/Extract the downloaded "M3U Dropper.zip" package, then open the package folder and double click "M3U Dropper.exe" to run it.
m3u dropper exe.png


m3u dropper program.png


3. Load music files from the micro SD card

Open the micro SD card folder in Windows Explorer, drag the music folders and files that you wish to add to the playlist, and then drop them onto the M3U Dropper menu.
drag files and drop.png


When dragging any folders, the dropping menu will appear. You can use the default option settings and simply click OK
OK for dropping.png


In the confirm dialog, you can see how many songs have been loaded to the list. Click OK again to proceed.
OK to confirm dropping result.png


4. Adjust the playlist

You can adjust the order the tracks by dragging a track and move it to another line in the list
drag to adjust order.png


If you want to remove a track from the list, just uncheck the box in front of that track
uncheck the box.png


5. Change the drive letter (prefix) of the song path

The drive letter assigned by Windows cannot be recognized by the player, so it needs to be changed to another one.
drive letter in m3u dropper menu.png


To change the drive letter (prefix), first click Edit -> Global Replace.
global replace.png


In the Global Replace dialog, input the drive letter of the micro SD card (assigned by Windows) in the first text box, then input the drive letter (prefix) that can be recognized by the player in the second text box.

This chart shows the drive letters (prefix) that can be recognized by the X-series player.

Model no.
Drive  letters ( Prefix)
Remarks
X3  1st  gen
A:  or  TF1:  
B:  or  TF2:
A: and TF1 are  for the  internal memory  
B: and TF2: are  for the micro  SD card
X1  1st  gen, X3 2nd gen
A:  or  TF1:

X5  1st  gen, X5 2nd gen
A: or TF1:  
B:  or  TF2:
A: and TF1: are  for the card  in card slot 1
B: and TF2: are  for the card  in card slot 2
X7
/mnt/internal_sd  
/mnt/external_sd
/mnt/internal_sd  is for the internal storage
/mnt/external_sd  is for the micro SD card
X5 3rd gen/ X7MKII
/mnt/internal_sd
/mnt/external_sd1  
/mnt/external_sd2
/mnt/internal_sd  is for the internal storage
/mnt/external_sd1  is for the card in card slot 1
/mnt/external_sd2  is for the card in card slot 2
X1  2nd  gen
A: or TF1:
You need to  update the firmware of your X1 2nd gen to the latest version for this to work

replace drive letter.png

After inputting the drive letter (prefix), click "Replace" to proceed.

For X7 and X5 3rd gen, you need to also replace all backslash "\" with slash "/".

If the playlist contains songs from two micro SD cards, you need to replace the drive letter of both the cards.

e.g. I have two micro SD cards on the X5, the card 1 is assigned with the drive letter "G:" on Windows, and the card 2 is assigned with "I:". So I need to replace the drive letter "G:" with "A:" then replace "I:" with "B:".
drive letter changed.png


As for the micro SD card 1 on the X5 3rd gen, it should be "/mnt/external_sd1/Audio/Albums/Right Here/01 Me and the Moon.m4a" (no quote), if the song is “01 Me and the Moon.m4a" mentioned in above picture.
6. Save the playlist

Click File-> Create Playlist File
create playlist file.png


Select a destination folder in the micro SD card, input a file name, and select "M3UFile" as the save type. After that, click Save to save the playlist.
(The playlist can be placed at any place onthe micro SD card.)
save as m3u playlist.png


If the program prompts to launch the playlist, click "No".
(The drive letter has been changed, so it cannot be recognized by the player on the computer)
click no.png

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Post time 2016-12-12 23:38:25 |Show all posts |
I've found this tutorial as a great help, but, for the Spanish and some latin users, if the song or folder has "accent" like song's name "Oración" or Folder "Senderos de Traición", you have to change the names to "Oracion" and "Senderos de Traicion" in those names, so the playlist will be recognized by X1, and the list you've made, also has to correct these entry names.

Another point for Fiio's moderators is when a song in a playlist has accent, the song won't played, but the next song without accent appear to be playing but no sound comes from the X1. This is, clearly a bug, and I have to restart the player.

Greetings!!
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X1 2nd  gen
TF:
it will be changed in the  future firmware to be the same as the X1 1st gen

In firmware 1.5.6 for FiiO X 1 II it was and what the correct letter indicate?
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I have a new Fiio X1 gen ii  and I did as was written. but it did not find the playlist.
Tried to play it from the browse files and it started,  but quit playing. I saw that the name of the song had some chinese characters in the middle of the name for some reason, I don't know why.

Anyway, did not work.
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ainosh replied at 2017-1-29 04:40
I have a new Fiio X1 gen ii  and I did as was written. but it did not find the playlist.
Tried to p ...

I think the reason is this:

X1 2nd  gen
TF:
it will be changed in the  future firmware to be the same as the X1 1st gen
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Thank you DenM79,  

I tried to use both TF:   and A:  

Neither worked.   
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ainosh replied at 2017-1-29 11:55
Thank you DenM79,  

I tried to use both TF:   and A:  

Use TF1. I've checked. It's working.
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Edited by reijknl at 2017-2-1 18:42

Where you say "click OK in the dropping menu "  {drop matching files in the folder and all subfolders } how do you open this dropping menu , I can t find that.
Where should I click to open this Dropper menu ?
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Edited by reijknl at 2017-2-2 20:48
reijknl replied at 2017-1-31 23:51
Where you say "click OK in the dropping menu "  {drop matching files in the folder and all subfolder ...

Is it hard to answer my question ?
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Where you say "click in the dropping menu "  {drop matching files } how do you open this dropping menu , I can t find that.
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reijknl replied at 2017-2-3 19:59
Where you say "click in the dropping menu "  {drop matching files } how do you open this dropping me ...

Sorry for the late reply. After dragging files/folders to the M3U Dropper (as in Step 3), the Dropping menu will appear automatically.
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FiiO-Devin replied at 2017-2-8 10:32
Sorry for the late reply. After dragging files/folders to the M3U Dropper (as in Step 3), the Drop ...

Works with Windows 7  ?
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Maybe you forgot to say that songs already have to be M3U
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reijknl replied at 2017-2-14 20:07
Maybe you forgot to say that songs already have to be M3U

Can you successfully drag songs to the M3U Dropper?
Sorry that I forgot to mention, if you only drag song files (with no folders) to it , the dropping menu will not appear.
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FiiO-Devin replied at 2017-2-17 11:14
Can you successfully drag songs to the M3U Dropper?
Sorry that I forgot to mention, if you only dr ...

Did it al the way you described but X1ll could not find music files.
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reijknl replied at 2017-2-24 22:16
Did it al the way you described but X1ll could not find music files.

For the latest version of firmware, you need to use the prefix "A:" or "TF1:", but for the older firmware, you need to use "TF:"
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Can someone just post an example of what the m3u file should look like for the x5 iii?  I have tried a bunch of different pathing formats, but can't seem to get playlists to work.  I just want to see what the root paths for the 2 SD cards of the m3u playlist should look like when opened in notepad.
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Juan_Carlo replied at 2017-3-17 10:35
Can someone just post an example of what the m3u file should look like for the x5 iii?  I have tried ...

Hello, it should look like this in the SD card 1
/mnt/external_sd1/Audio/Albums/Right Here/01 Me and the Moon.m4a

For some detailed introduction, you could check out here~http://fiio.me/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=41783
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I was able to create the m3u file and I can see it on my SD Card, right under another playlist that I created manually on the Fiio.
However, when I click on "Playlists", the new playlist does not appear as an option.  How do I get the Fiio X5iii to recognize it?
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Moosbrugger replied at 2017-6-1 08:54
I was able to create the m3u file and I can see it on my SD Card, right under another playlist that  ...

In the stock music player, on the main screen, tap the yellow circle. Then, tap the folder icon on the top right. Navigate to where your playlist is stored. When you see your playlist, swipe it to the right. Three icons will appear on a green background. Tap the middle icon and your playlist will be added to the playlist view.
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