I’m a massive fan of MB and I like to be able to export m3u playlists from this to a UPNP music server running on a NAS. Most of the time MB performs this task admirably, but occasionally I’ve noticed that the music server doesn’t display the first track that features in playlist it’s exported.
I first noticed this when it ought to have been one by R.E.M. so initially guessed this may be due to certain characters not being supported by m3u. I tried m3u ascii, m3u #EXT and even m3u8 as well as pls playlists, but none of this was to any avail.
I then loaded a m3u #EXT playlist comprising the track (which was refusing to display) into MP3tag from its ‘Playlist’ options changed ‘Extended Write info’ from ‘%artist% - %title%’ to ‘%album% - %track% - %title%’ and resaved the playlist file. As my NAS uses Linux that then had to be modified to ensure it followed the unix path convention (/) et al, but then bingo – the UPNP Server correctly displayed the playlist, starting with the one by R.E.M.!! I got there in the end!
Maybe I missed something and this particular issue has already been addressed in MB. The solution I came upon isn’t great. Ideally, if a m3u #EXT playlist was wanted, there would be an option to change its title mask to ‘%album% - %track% - %title%’.