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Sansa playlist creator on Linux
Keywords : sansa music player, linux, podcast, playlist
I have a Sansa 260 music player. The best feature I liked is, it plugged into Linux as a 'usb storage device'. You can treat it like a disk and copy music onto it. No more 'cryptic' filenames like Ipod. TO boot, it even had a pretty good radio ! Life was good. But I found that I was listening to podcasts most of the time, instead of music. I needed an easy way to download/manage podcasts and upload them into Sansa.
When I had a ipod for a while, I used a program called HappyFish to do the exact same thing.. HappyFish was podcast aggregator. I downloads podcasts and uploaded them into Ipods. It created a separate playlist for each podcast, ordered by date, you can configure a maximum number of episodes per podcast. It was great, worked beautifully. The problem was, it was a windows based program
I was looking for a linux equivalent, and here is my setup
- Use IcePodder to download podcasts.
- Use the script 'sansa.sh' to upload the content to
Sansa and create playlists
download SANSA.SH from here. This is a bash script
Another close runner up is Amarok. Though I love it as a superb music collection organizer and player, its podcasting functionality was weak. No import-export of OPML and frequent crashes when left running for days ..etc. (Granted I was using 1.4.5 version, may be I will try Amarok v2.0 when it is released)
Ipodder by default collects podcasts into
have a directory called sansa.
+--- podcasts/ ---> $HOME/iPodderData/downloads
the 'podcasts' directory is pointing to the podcast download directory of ipodder.
Here is how the script 'sansa.sh' works
Script takes an optional argument of where Sansa is mounted.
./sansa.sh "/mnt/Sansa e260"
(make sure to quote spaces, if no mount point is provided it assumes Sansa is at '/media/sansa')
The script needs to know another directory where the music is
# configure this to point to your music collection
# every thing underneath will be copied under sansa music folder
- The script will check the SANSA_MOUNT is actually a sansa player
- Script uses rsync, so only the changes will be propagated. This eliminates lots of unnecessary file transfers and speeds up the program
- You don't have to have your entire music collection under MUSIC_DIR. You can just place 'symlinks' here to point to the desired music collection, depending on what music you want to take it on the go.
- if you delete content within music directory, they are removed from sansa as well
| | +-- a1.mp3
| +-- b1.mp3
The script will create the following playlists
- podcasts_A : contains : a1.mp3
- podcasts_B : contains : b1.mp3
- podcasts : contains : a1.mp3, b1.mp3
- themes : contains : t1.mp3
Day to Day running
leave IPodder running, it will check and download
Plugin in Sansa via USB
Invoke the script : ./sansa.sh "/media/Sansa e260" (or where ever your sansa is mounted)
That's it !
Some of my favourite podcasts
- KQED Forum : current affairs talk show in San Francisco (podcast)
- Market Place : money talk, non-boring (podcast)
- On the Media : Analysis of how media analyses events (podcast)
- NPR Fresh Air : current events (podcast)
- NPR Car Talk : very funny talk show about cars (podcast)
- PodRunner : techno music for excercise (podcast)
Trouble ShootWhen Sansa becomes corrupted (readonly files system) run dosfsck on sansa disk
CreditMany thanks to Assaf Gordon [agordon88(AT)gmail(DOT)com] for helping with playlist format
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