On my Nexus 4, there's a folder called
/sdcard/Music/ (or just
/Music when browsing the phone's storage; Windows 7 calls it
Computer\Nexus 4\Internal storage\Music) and I've put a lot of songs in there but the music player doesn't see any of my songs.
Why can one app (the file manager, and e.g. Dropbox) see the files, but not another app (Play Music, Apollo, Jukefox)?
- LG Nexus 4 16GB, unlocked, with CyanogenMod 10.1
(nightly build 20130212 because nothing more stable is available but there are no crashes.)
- The songs are stored in the path format
/sdcard/Music/Artist/Album/Song title.mp3(simply because that's how they're stored on my media drive).
Computer\Nexus 4\Internal storage\Music\Eagles\On the Border\1 Already Gone.mp3
Computer\Nexus 4\Internal storage\Music\Kashmir\The Good Life\10 Kiss me goodbye.mp3
Computer\Nexus 4\Internal storage\Music\Christina St眉rmer\Freier Fall\1 Geh nicht wenn du kommst.mp3
(yes there's a Chinese character in there and I don't know why; it's a German ü (umlaut u) on my original Windows media drive)
- I know that the songs are present and that they work because the CyanogenMod File Manager shows them and I can play them individually. They do exist!
- Running Rescan SD as suggested below didn't make the files appear in any of the player apps.
- I'm fairly certain there are no
.nomediafiles: The CyanogenMod File Manager doesn't display files that begin with a
.(I renamed an existing TXT file and it promptly disappeared :)) but I used the Root Browser Lite to look through
/Musicand subfolders -- the only match I found was the one I had renamed, and I have deleted that now.
- My Windows pc at work couldn't see the files either, but after unplugging/replugging the USB it now can see+open+play the files. (I've now revised this question to remove the Windows part.)
- I'm still mystified by the fact that file-browser apps see the files but music-player apps don't.