Ubuntu – How to copy playlist from Banshee to MP3 player


I have an Android phone which I use as a music player, and I use Banshee to manage the music on my computer. I can copy music fairly easily from Banshee to the phone, I can even copy the music (MP3s) contained in a playlist.

What I would like to do is copy the playlist itself, but that is apparently not so straightforward. What I have tried:

  • Drag and drop the playlist from the computer to the phone (under Devices). This copies all the MP3 files across.
  • Right-click on the device and select 'New playlist'. Then tried dragging and dropping the contents of the playlist on my computer into the playlist on the phone. It would not let me.
  • Right-click on the playlist on the computer and 'Export playlist', then save it to the Android phone. This came close, but the folder structure was all wrong, so it couldn't find the music.

This seems like it should be a pretty straightforward process – is there a way to do it, or are there extensions that will let me do it? If necessary, I could use Rhythmbox instead, but it seems that is equally unable to do this.

Best Answer

I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never right?

I think I have a better solution. After much reading of forums and gnashing of teeth, I figured out how to get banshee to sync playlists to an sd-card. I read lots of instructions on different forums/mailing lists, some gave only part of the information you need, some simply gave bad info (for example several posts showed the .is_audio_player file with a line "playlist_format" instead of "playlist_formats". That "s" makes all the difference!)


Add a file .is_audio_player to the root directory of your sdcard or android device's main memory.

Open the file and add these lines:

name="name you want banshee to call your phone"


(there are other lines you can add, just google for .is_audio_player for more info. That last line comes for a post left by one of the developers of banshee noting that banshee won't pick up the last line in the file without a hard return at the end)

Then load banshee, your sd card will now show that it supports playlists, and the sync function will work for music and playlists.

Pro-tip, you can create a smart playists to act as a meta-playlist for all the playlists you want to transfer over. Your media player on the phone should now pick up all your music and all your playlists (only checked by me with the google play music app).\

hope this helps somebody...

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