Author Topic: Playlists modified externally don't get refreshed or updated in MusicBee  (Read 868 times)

Richard Branches

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Hello, I'm new to the forum and I would like to report something I couldn't find in the forum reported previously.

It's just a little issue that I believe it's a bug.

When I edit a playlist file (usually m3u) outside of MusicBee using the windows notepad, when I open MusicBee and refresh the library I notice that the changes I made to playlists don't reflect in the app so in order to fix it I have to delete the playlist in MusicBee and then refresh the app in order to get the playlist added again with the changes I made.

I'm using the latest stable version on Windows 11.

Please let me know if you need any other information.

Thank you.
Last Edit: May 23, 2022, 05:59:57 PM by Richard Branches

sveakul

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Welcome to the forum!  This is not a bug.  MusicBee has no way of knowing if a playlist has been modified by a 3rd-party application so the required changes can be made internally.  For example, playlist information is also stored in the index file MusicBeeLibrary.pfidx.  If the changes are made using MusicBee's own GUI, you won't have a problem.

Steven

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to add to the answer, by default MB uses its own format (.mbp) playlists, so once a copy of .m3u playlist has been imported (as i assume was done when installing MB), MB only updates/ reads from the .MBP playlist

Richard Branches

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Welcome to the forum!  This is not a bug.  MusicBee has no way of knowing if a playlist has been modified by a 3rd-party application so the required changes can be made internally.  For example, playlist information is also stored in the index file MusicBeeLibrary.pfidx.  If the changes are made using MusicBee's own GUI, you won't have a problem.

I understand, thank you.

Richard Branches

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to add to the answer, by default MB uses its own format (.mbp) playlists, so once a copy of .m3u playlist has been imported (as i assume was done when installing MB), MB only updates/ reads from the .MBP playlist

Can I create an mbp playlist externally so everytime I modify the file it gets updated in the app?

phred

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Can I create an mbp playlist externally so everytime I modify the file it gets updated in the app?
No, it can only be created and read by MB.
There's an option for all playlists to automatically refresh the playlist when changes are made to a track from the library or rom the playlist.
Edit the playlist > automatically refresh the matching tracks.
Download the latest MusicBee v3.5 or 3.6 patch from here.
Unzip into your MusicBee directory and overwrite existing files.

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Richard Branches

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Why not reimporting the m3u file when its modified date changes?, I guess MB could detect that and do that accordingly.

Is it possible to implement?