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Dragging music files from computer to Droid

Discussion in 'Android Tech Support' started by redart, Dec 7, 2009.

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    After dragging music files from computer to Droid via usb connection all files show up on my computer as being moved to Droid. When I disconnect Droid and pull up music app some files are there ready to play and others or not anywhere to be found on Droid. Any ideas are appreciated.....other than this my Droid is pain free.
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    open up the gallery and more than likely you will find them there.
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    I'd recommend getting a file browser app on your Droid as well. You can determine if the format is incorrect. I had a problem with that last night. I was trying to get the "Merry Christmas! Sh*tter was Full" sound clip for my notifications, and I kept getting the wrong format.

    The Media player wouldn't find it, but I found it in the file browser and figured out what I needed to do to get the right format!
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    Thanks a lot.

    I do appreciate the feedback fellows...I will check it out and get back..Thank you both!
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    Are you choosing to "safely remove hardware" before removing your Droid from the PC? Windows will show the files copied before the buffer has finished, and if you unplug your Droid before Windows finishes copying the files... well.. obviously they will not be there.

    Short of that... as others have mentioned... get something like Astro File Manager and look to see if the files are on the card and not being recognized... or not there at all.

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    last night i put some music on my Droid. i ripped music off of a CD using windows media player and the files weren't recognized simply because of the way the were labeled. they showed up in the file manager program i got from the app store but did not show up in the music player. i deleted them, and then ripped them again but with the labeling in a different format and they worked like a charm.

    so it seems like it all comes down to how the songs are labeled and sorted.
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    Yep. That's probably all related to how the phone handles file formats. Do you recall what the differences were, just in case someone has the same problem down the road?
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    artist, album, and song title are what i selected and now it works. i'm not sure what was selected before. maybe i had track number selected as well, i'm not sure.
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    Thanks to everyone for the replies and ideas.

    The files do show up when I view the contents of the sd card of the Droid using file browser on my pc but again do not show up when looking at the music app on the Droid itself. According to the file browser on my computer they are sitting right along side of music that does play fine. I have checked the properties of all and all are the same. All of these music files were purchased on itunes and I a moving them from one of my raid 1 storage drives. I will get the above mentioned file browser from the Droid and see what I come up with. Thank you all for your interest, comments, and helpful attitude. RD
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    That might be your culprit. I'm not sure how the Droid handles DRM, but my guess is those files aren't authorized to play on any device that isn't the iPod you sync with.
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    That would make good sense but all of these files are on my ipod as well. ?????
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    Your iPod has permissions to play those files. DRM (Digital Rights Management) allows your iPod to play those files, because you purchased the right to play them on your computer, and any Apple device you have attached to your iTunes (up to 5 APPLE devices). You may not have purchased DRM Free songs, and therefore don't have permission to play those songs on any other device other than your computer and your ipod.

    Yet another reason to buy music from amazon.com, where it's all DRM free. Apple has a stranglehold on anything you purchase through them, for the most part, and unless you downloaded DRM-Free songs from iTunes, you probably won't be able to play them on your Droid.

    But again, I'm not 100% sure, because I don't have any DRM'ed music to test this with. I won't download music with DRM protection on it, but that's not a discussion for this thread.
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    +1 .That would explain why "some" show up and not others. iTunes songs that are DRMed cannot be played on the Droid (or anywhere other than an iPod)
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    Just installed astro file management and all music shows up on sd card and all properties are the same on files that play and donot play??? Could some of these be for ipod only and others open?? Thanks again for your time and input. RD
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    Assuming they are all AAC files... yes this could be the case. The songs that are "wrapped" in DRM would not appear valid to the Droid player.
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    Digging Deeper

    I finally had time to dig deeper into the above problem regarding not being able to play SOME of the music from my itunes library. All files properties are the same except the ones that do not play have (protected) along side of the file format......How would I go about removing that from these files..... thank you all in advance so much. BTW...got the 2.1 update this morning and all is well!!
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    Welcome the hell that is (or at least was) the world of iTunes DRM. In order to get this songs *UN*DRMed, you will need to burn them to a CD and then Rip them back into MP3s.
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    I have albums/songs on my Droid that were originally purchased from iTunes. Copying the music from my PC to any other device besides an Apple device wouldn't allow the songs to play.... but if you BURN the music onto a CD and then rip the CD back onto your computer it no longer has the iTunes stranglehold on the file.... you can play them on any device. I have iTunes downloaded music playing on my Droid right now :)
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