How to create ‘normal’ playlists for the SanDisk Sansa c150

Bought a Sansa c150 as it was cheap and small. Bummed that it liked Windows Media Player for managing playlists. After harsaing technical support, I got them to tell me how to make a ‘normal’ playlist for MP3 files. Woop!

First ensure you are connecting your c150 to your PC in MSC mode. There is a setup option for this. My was set to MSC mode by default.

Next create a directory: “Music”. I then copied some Simon & Garfunkel so I had a directory looking like:

E:\Music\Simon & Garfunkel\Bookends\01-Bookends Theme.mp3
E:\Music\Simon & Garfunkel\Bookends\02-Save The Life Of My Child.mp3

Next, create you playlist. I will give you the complete instructions from SanDisk support later, but the just is you create a M3U style playlist, comments manditory, using only the filenames of the songs to be included. You also need the global M3U comment.

Below is an example playlist for the two Simon & Garfunkel songs above. I put it in:


The content is:

01-Bookends Theme.mp3
02-Save The Life Of My Child.mp3


You need the comments. Without the first comment the playlist is always ’empty’. Without the comments between songs, the c150 skips a song.

The ‘offical’ instructions from SanDisk support.

M3U support and MSC Mode: (Unofficial)
Make sure player is in MSC mode (Menu > Settings > USB > MSC).
Create/save an m3u playlist file from any application (winamp, media player, etc)
Find file through My Computer, right-click the playlist and Open With > Choose Program > Notepad
The first line of the file should be #EXTM3U. You will also see 2 lines of text for each song in the playlist.
Leave the first line alone for each song.
For the second line, you need to delete everything except for the filename (which is everything up to and including the last \ ).
Repeat that step for every each song listed.
Save the file by going to File, Save.
Copy-and-paste or click and drag the m3u file to the Removable Disk
Copy all the songs to the Removable Disk by making a folder on the Removable Disk called “Music” and copy the songs into there

Regardless of method, the playlist will now show on the mp3 player under menu>play music>Playlist

Took a week to solve this. Happy with the c150 now.

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