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I'm looking for a simple and reliable way of syncing music playlists between Ubuntu and an Android smartphone. Some time ago I was using Banshee, but then it suddenly stopped working. My understanding is that Banshee still puts *.m3u files to Music/Playlists folder but the smartphone does not see them. I tried to use Rhythmbox instead but it also does not seem to work.

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I have a friend who used Ubuntu at work & he used to swear by Amarok. It is a powerful music player for Linux and Unix, MacOS X and Windows with an intuitive interface. It may well help assist you.

Alternatively for full collaboration between Ubuntu & Android devices, checkout Ubuntu For Android.

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Thank you, @Simon! But is it able to sync playlists? The following article says that it can only copy the audio files: designbygravity.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/… –  Alexander S. Kulikov Dec 13 '12 at 17:02
Sasha I have never used it myself, I just remembered that a friend used to go on about it, as he was an avid ubuntu user, so I thought I would suggest it...hopefully someone else will be able to help :) –  Simon Dec 13 '12 at 17:34
I see. Thank you once again! –  Alexander S. Kulikov Dec 14 '12 at 9:28

Spotify allows you to sync your local files to a mobile device (no subscription required). Of course this requires the desktop client installed on a computer and the app installed on a mobile device. Once your local files are downloaded to the device, you can listen to them whenever and wherever you want. It also does not require a data connection (after downloading).

*Note: the later versions of Android client have had issues with this. Give it a shot anyway! The only workarounds are to install an older version of the Spotify app and then download your playlist.

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Please add a link to the app. :) –  Sid Jul 13 '13 at 0:12
Links added (though googling it should be enough for most people). –  filoxo Jul 13 '13 at 1:37

You can use Android app called Dropsync to automatically sync your playlist folder to your phone. Then use PowerAMP to read those playlists. Then you are good to go. You could also sync your music, but that's not what you asked for.

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