I recently tried to sync 3 albums to my iPhone 5 via local files and found that only one of them would sync properly.
The albums I tried to sync were:
In Rainbows by Radiohead
The Eraser by Thom Yorke
Amok by Atoms for Peace
Only In Rainbows synced properly. I also synced a few random tracks from other artists, and those worked fine as well. The playlists I created for Amok and The Eraser appear on my iPhone, and list the correct number of tracks from the list of playlists, but once I tap into the playlist, it's blank and tells me to add tracks. I have no trouble playing the local files within Spotify on the Macbook Pro I added the tracks from.
I know that Thom Yorke has pulled all music that wasn't created through his old Radiohead label from Spotify, but does Spotify go even beyond that and prevent uploading the music via local files as well? I can't think of any other explanation.
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So to answer your question about the device list, on my home network, my phone does appear there.
I was able to solve the issue with the playlists being empty (though I've since found a new issue).
What I've typically done in the past when trying to sync local files is to set up the playlist from the desktop, then look up the playlist on my phone and hit the Available Offline switch. The tracks usually download immediately to the phone.
However, since the tracks didn't appear appear there correctly for Amok and The Eraser, flipping the Available Offline switch didn't accomplish anything.
Accessing the device from the desktop allowed me to look up the playlists and check the sync box there (which normally hasn't been necessary in the past). At that point, the tracks suddenly appeared in the playlists correctly and the Available Offline setting immediately began downloading the tracks to the phone.
The new problem I've come across is with the In Rainbows playlist - as I mentioned earlier, all the tracks appeared in the playlist with no issue, but I found that the version of Reckoner it downloaded to the phone is a cover by Sebastian Codex instead of the actual Radiohead track that is available locally and in the desktop version of Spotify. No idea on this one....