Author Topic: MusicBee's M3U export encoding - BOM required. Configurable?  (Read 101 times)

ralfiii

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As I read here:

https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=17948.0

MusicBee used to export M3U files with BOM but that was changed on request to exporting without BOM.

Unfortunately it seems many programs expect BOM (as some seem to expect w/o BOM).
In my case: PowerAmp (the BEST Android music player app) and WinAmp (yes, the old thing) expect M3Us to be WITH BOM.

Any chance to make that configurable?

Thanks,
Ralf

ralfiii

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I read a bit more on BOM and there are numerous reasons to use BOM on file formats where the encoding is not specified in the standard.

Yesterday I used another tool (listfix) to repair the playlists (re-connect dangling links) and again the tool fails if the BOM is missing.

So actually I didn't find a single tool that requires the BOM to be absent.

If you follow UTF8 recommendations, a BOM should never be a problem.
If it's there you can simply ignore it.

alec.tron

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Any chance to make that configurable?

That was the original request... but no one ever chimed in...

Wheras this:
If you follow UTF8 recommendations, a BOM should never be a problem.
If it's there you can simply ignore it.
Is simply not true.
And I have stated on the thread you posted in and quoted, that I have multiple programs that fail on xmls & m3u files with BOM enabled...
But admittedly, these programs *should* have no problem with either or, but they do. Equally shoddy as your programs that need encoding with BOM.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

c.