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    Using a playlist for file conversion

    I have a large collection of FLAC files, and have created a playlist of all my favorites. I would like to convert the songs on my favorites list to MP3 to carry around. Does anyone know of a tool to read a playlist and convert only those songs on the list? Doing it manually would be a big job since these songs are all in folders and subfolders. I use DBPoweramp for encoding and conversion chores and have inquired to SPOON if such a feature is possible, but it doesn't seem to be on his hitlist. Any clues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyindieguy View Post
    I have a large collection of FLAC files, and have created a playlist of all my favorites. I would like to convert the songs on my favorites list to MP3 to carry around. Does anyone know of a tool to read a playlist and convert only those songs on the list? Doing it manually would be a big job since these songs are all in folders and subfolders. I use DBPoweramp for encoding and conversion chores and have inquired to SPOON if such a feature is possible, but it doesn't seem to be on his hitlist. Any clues?
    I wonder if foobar2000 will do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyindieguy View Post
    I have a large collection of FLAC files, and have created a playlist of all my favorites. I would like to convert the songs on my favorites list to MP3 to carry around. Does anyone know of a tool to read a playlist and convert only those songs on the list? Doing it manually would be a big job since these songs are all in folders and subfolders. Any clues?
    A Python script for exactly this is available here.
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    If you prefer a GUI approach, Mediamonkey can do this, and I'd be amazed if Foobar wouldn't be able to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bakker_be View Post
    If you prefer a GUI approach, Mediamonkey can do this, and I'd be amazed if Foobar wouldn't be able to do it.
    Foobar can indeed do this

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    Thanks for the info. Not to make things more complicated, but the playlists were constructed in LMS, hosted on a Linux server. So the playlist has static paths to the songs using Linux conventions, meaning / rather than \ as used in Windows. Will Foobar or other programs actually be able to read the playlists and find the referenced songs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyindieguy View Post
    Thanks for the info. Not to make things more complicated, but the playlists were constructed in LMS, hosted on a Linux server. So the playlist has static paths to the songs using Linux conventions, meaning / rather than \ as used in Windows. Will Foobar or other programs actually be able to read the playlists and find the referenced songs?
    Yes and No.
    Foobar will convert from / to \ but the relative path may be wrong.

    Unable to open item for playback (Object not found):
    "Y:\mnt\storage\flac\Kraftwerk\Autobahn\03 - Kometenmelodie 2.flac"

    If I look at the playlist file in an editor it is formulated as
    /mnt/storage/flac/etc.......

    If I copy the playlist file, edit and remove the "/mnt/storage" part it will work in my setup as Y:\flac is accessible from Windows
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyindieguy View Post
    Thanks for the info. Not to make things more complicated, but the playlists were constructed in LMS, hosted on a Linux server. So the playlist has static paths to the songs using Linux conventions, meaning / rather than \ as used in Windows. Will Foobar or other programs actually be able to read the playlists and find the referenced songs?
    If you have the music mounted in windows and a copy of the playlists you should be able to do a search and replace on the paths with something like notepad++. Replace "/mynas/music/artist..." with "x:\mymusic\artist" or something to that effect.

    Alternative fix is to buy more portable storage

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