Moving Local Files

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Moving Local Files

NeilN
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Currently all my local music files are under D:\My Music.  I will be moving everything to V:\My Music.  What's the best way of preventing Spotify (Windows) from freaking out and messing up my playlists (a mix of local and online tracks) and offline playlists (also a mix of local and Spotify tracks) which have been synced to my mobile devices?

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Rising Star 7 MichaelJerzak
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i believe adding the new File Location for your Local Files through Spotify preferences would be the best way.

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Re: Moving Local Files

NeilN
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Do you have any experience with this? Or are you guessing? Not to sound harsh but I'd like to avoid spending hours relinking/rebuiding playlists if at all possible.  How will your suggestion handle local files in playlists which have multiple identical artist/song tags in my library (different versions of the same song).  Will it link on the unique album/track #/artist/song combo?

Re: Moving Local Files

Rising Star 7 MichaelJerzak
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@NeilN wrote:

Do you have any experience with this? Or are you guessing? Not to sound harsh but I'd like to avoid spending hours relinking/rebuiding playlists if at all possible.  How will your suggestion handle local files in playlists which have multiple identical artist/song tags in my library (different versions of the same song).  Will it link on the unique album/track #/artist/song combo?


is the V: Drive an External Drive? if so, it'll mess up if you unplug it while attached there via Spotify.

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NeilN
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V: is a NAS drive.  It will always be connected.

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Rising Star 7 MichaelJerzak
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@NeilN wrote:

V: is a NAS drive.  It will always be connected.


then it'll transfer just fine. just remove the local file location under preferences and change it to wherever it is on the V: drive

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Rollo_
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I've moved files to a different computer with different folder structure and they imported into playlists just fine, though you may have a few tracks here and there that will not.  Like Michael said, just change your default Local Files folder[s]. 

 

When you change file names you'll run into trouble.  Sometimes changing file TAGS will cause problems too, but seldom.  Best to change them within Spotify if you have to.  I use Tag Scanner to tag all my files BEFORE I place them in the import folder.  Its a nice, full featured freeware program.

Re: Moving Local Files

NeilN
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@MichaelJerzak wrote:

@NeilN wrote:

V: is a NAS drive.  It will always be connected.


then it'll transfer just fine. just remove the local file location under preferences and change it to wherever it is on the V: drive


I see an "Add Source..." button in the Local Files section but where do I change/remove an existing source?

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Joe
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You have to move your local files yourself and add the new location so Spotify can find them. Restarting spotify once the files have been moved will force a rescan.

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NeilN
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I copied the files to the new location, wiped my Local files, and the added the new location.  All my playlists were left intact except for Van Morrison tracks (which I always have problems with, locally or syncing to mobile).  Thanks.

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