#56 Oggplay discriminates against Björk

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nobody
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2006-11-01
2006-11-01
sami_h
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If I open a playlist and there are any extended ASCII
characters in items (ä, ö, á, à etc.), those are not
displayed.

For example, I cannot play any of the albums by Björk
using playlists. If I rename "Björk" directory on the
phone to "Bjork" and regenerate the list I see most of
the tracks, but still loose the ones with extended
characters.

I have tried Oggplay S60 MMF versions 1.67, 1.69, and
1.70 on Nokia N70 and they all cut out the subfolders
and tracks with extended characters.

All the files can be seen and played by accessing them
via "subfolders". Also the Nokia music player is able
to play all the items on playlists with extended
characters.

Apart from this quirk Oggplay rocks. Thank you for the
good work.

Discussion

  • Stuart Fisher
    Stuart Fisher
    2008-01-07

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    It's probably because there is no conversion between "dodgy Windows characters" and Unicode (which is what Symbian uses). I'm not sure if the character set used by .m3u is defined by the specification (is there even a proper spec for m3u?). I'll investigate and try to fix it...

     
  • Stuart Fisher
    Stuart Fisher
    2008-01-07

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    According to Wikipedia playlist files should be in "plain text": aka Latin-1, aka ISO 8859-1. That's what OggPlay assumes and I've tried at least one playlist with extended characters (Shakira's Laundry Service). It works fine, so I suspect your playlists may be encoded differently (UTF-8?). In any case send me your playlists or else I'll just have to go out and buy some Bjork!

     
  • sami_h
    sami_h
    2008-01-30

    playlist with extended characters

     
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  • sami_h
    sami_h
    2008-01-30

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    Thanks for your response, and sorry for the delay in answering. I don't seem to this particular email as often as I should.

    I hear you regarding the Wikipedia playlist entry, and maybe it is right thing to do to filter out all the extended characters. The problem is that e.g. Scandinavian languages heavily rely on them.

    Anyway, I uploaded some Björk on the phone and used the N70 built-in music player to create a playlist. Please find (some of) the resulting playlist as attachment. Only the pathnames with "non-extended" characters show in the list with the Oggplay 1.70.

    Please note that none of the directory Björk shows. Also, in case of "Haitaribussi", only the songs 1,2, 8 and 9 show (as the other names have extended characters). Please note that e.g. Windows Media Player displays all the lines, but the output is not pretty.

    File Added: Playlist1.m3u

     
  • Stuart Fisher
    Stuart Fisher
    2008-01-31

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    There's no problem with extended characters, I actually did buy some Björk and it's fine.

    I also bought one of Gåte's ablum's (see link below) and that's full of them.
    http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?thread_id=1875773&forum_id=294909

    I had a look at the playlist you sent me and it's UTF-8 encoded, so once again according to Wikipedia it should have a .m3u8 extension and NOT .m3u

    So you need to do one of three things:
    1. See if the program that generated the playlist can be told to not use UTF-8 as the character set!
    2. Manually convert your play lists to Latin-1. You only really need UTF-8 for languages that don't use a normal ascii character set (e.g. Russian).
    3. Wait for me to add support for .m3u8 and when that happens rename all your playlists from .m3u to .m3u8