I have some audiobooks on my phone, but I don't want to hear these when I play "All music". Is it possible to exclude some folders from getting added to the library? What are the file types that automatically get added?

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You should be able to create a file called ".nomedia" (without quotes) in the folder you don't want scanned. It is supposed to tell the media scanner not to look in there.

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    You can create it using tools like ES FileExplorer for Android or some other file explorer. The file does not need to contain anything; the only thing the media explorer verifies is the existence of the file.
    – Doliveras
    Commented Jan 26, 2011 at 17:52
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    @shambleh The media player ignores folders with a .nomedia file in them. He may not want to rename the audiobooks folder or move the files to a new folder. Commented Jan 26, 2011 at 20:20
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    Good to know @Matthew, that's a new one for me. Thanks.
    – shambleh
    Commented Jan 26, 2011 at 23:58
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    unfortunately this doesn't seem to exclude subdirectory
    – Fitri
    Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 13:46
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    no, every folder that you want excluded has to have the ".nomedia" file. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 21:23

Using Astro (available in the market), you should be able to create a folder on your SD card. Prefix the name of the folder with a dot (".") and the folder will be considered hidden in the Linux/Android file system. This will keep it from being included in the library.

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