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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
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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
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