Rhythmbox and Sansa

By | 30 Dec 2008

To work with the FUSE in Rhythmbox, you have two choices: MTP mode or MSC mode. The MTP mode is the Media Transfer Protocol which the Windows Media Player uses. There’s a plugin for Rhythmbox which lets the player show up and you are able to manage the player from there.

The MSC mode is Mass Storage Class mode which brings up the player like any other USB stick or external harddrive. Rhythmbox won’t recognize it as a player in this mode but you can force it by creating a file .is_audio_player in the root of your Sansa.

Make sure to put following contents into that file:


The audio_folders tells Rhythmbox where to put music files. Without that line all songs will be put under the root and thus the player won’t recognize them.

The output_formats describes all formats the player can create, i.e. by the internal recording feature.

The input_formats describes all formats the player recognizes so that Rhythmbox can decide whether to transcode a file or not.

folder_depth influences the directory structure Rhythmbox creates. A folder_depth of 2 creates a Artist/Album/Song.mp3 structure. A 1 creates a Artist - Album/Song.mp3 (which is what I prefer) and, I guess, a 0 doesn’t create any folder but just puts the files into the MUSIC/ directory.

The playlist_path and playlist_format describe the location for playlists and what format the player supports. (I’m not sure whether the FUZE supports audio/x-mpegurl format.)

The file /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/10-usb-music-players.fdi lists the options usually set for FUZE players. Just search for the string “Fuze”. But I guess the PnP-ID of the newer models isn’t in that XML file.

2 thoughts on “Rhythmbox and Sansa

  1. E150 user

    Although I haven’t tested this extensively, the .is_audio_player file works with the iriver E150 too.

  2. Kickstartc

    If anyone would like to know, this also works for an Archos Vision 3. I can add/delete songs from within Rhythmbox just fine.


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