Folder Navigation of MP3 Files
I only had a player for a short time but the Creative Nomad might let you load using Windows Explorer to load the songs by using the player as an external hard drive. Apple does allow the use of an iPod as an external hard drive, but not for use by the music player. If I remember correctly, the music files are in a hidden file system within the player.
In my opinion the reason that propriety software tends to be the only way to load songs on a player is to reduce the possibility of piracy. It allows control of the music that can be placed on the player and the types of files that can be actually stored on it.
An example of this is with the Sony players. From what I understand, until recently only ATRAC files could be stored on their hard drive player. Imported MP3s were converted to ATRAC format.
In fact, the software that comes with Sony CD/MP3 players only allow the creation of ATRAC3/ATRAC3Plus files. To tell you the truth, I don't know if ATRAC3/ATRAC3Plus files have any advantage over MP3 (other than possibility smaller files sizes with the same sound quality).
But a possibility allowing you to use Windows Explorer (using a CD/MP3 player) is to do the following:
- Create a directory/folder on your hard drive to store the MP3s you want to listen to on your player.
- Copy the files to the directory, creating folders as needed to organize the MP3s.
- When the directory is finished, burn it to a CD and put it in the player.
- Repeat the procedure with other folders, creating a set of CDs with folders and songs arranged as you like them.
The above procedure will allow you to use drag-and-drop techniques via Windows Explorer, although it will require you to burn the files to CD in the end.
I hope that helps.
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