I like to extract playlist information (i.e. path and filenames) I've created on Android's builtin MP3-player, to copy it with the MP3 files to a bigger SDHC card. Playlist information is lost when doing this:
- Removing the SDHC memory card (after turning off the device), and re-insert it later, causes the MP3-player to forget all files in the playlists which I have created. This is especially annoying if you want to replace the SDHC card by a bigger one and want to backup all files including playlists from the old one
Hence I am looking for a way to backup the playlists or at least their content (i.e. path filename etc).
The phone has a playlist folder, containing the
Playlists, when I use a USB cable to connect it to the PC, I can see them (
*.pla files) but they have 0 bytes and cannot be copied. Also, if I connect the SDHC card via cardreader, the files aren't useful.
Samsung Kies also did not work for me, it does not seem to support the playlists created on the phone.
I found this interesting question, which explains that Android stores playlists in SqlLite databases, but unfortunately, on my Samsung phone I could not find the database file (although there is a folder
Computer\GT-I8190\Phone\Android\data\com.google.android.music which should contain it, but no
databases subdirectory and no database files).
N.B.: The smarthphone is able to read and import
*.m3u playlists (via the player's "Music Square" menu - context menu "Library update"), but cannot modify them (if you add titles, they will only be available in the smartphone, the
*.m3u file isn't changed).
To summarize my question (one of the options below would help me):
Do you know how I can backup the playlists on the phone and then extract the file/path info contained in them in Windows?
Phone Playlist -> Windows PC -> Extract Path/Filename to text file
Or do you know if there is a tool available (for Android, or for Windows reading it from the mobile phone) converting the playlists into a compatible text format (like
Phone Playlist -> M3U file
(Note: The other way round it is possible, as this forum post explains). Here's an example of a M3U file, note that relative paths are allowed as well:
#EXTINF:123, Sample artist - Sample title
Your help is much appreciated!