Edited by lee730 - 7/6/13 at 9:02pm
I did most of what you said above but I used a script to make a copy of each of my playlists in PLS format so I didn't have to do the last steps you mentioned. Keep in mind if you are going to go through all this effort be sure to back up your playlists on your hard drive. I never want to go through this BS again lol. Since I had well over 200+ playlists this took me quite a while to complete. I backed it up on 2 different hard drives as well as even having a copy of each playlist to each respective card on the AK120. If you ever decide to restore the device back to factory it will wipe all your playlists off of the internal memory.
It took a lot of patience to do that. Seriously I never want to do that again! lol :P The thing is I already had my portable music collection in m3u format all perfectly ready to go on Media Monkey. But iRiver products aren't working properly with playlists. I like to have all my music organized how I like it. Plus its much more convenient to access it all in one directory. Yes I am very anal like that :). I've noticed on other devices such as the DX100 that accessing music via playlists was not only more efficient but faster in terms of smoothness. Like it uses less resources than accessing the music directly via folder view. This isn't so much of an issue on the AK120 as it is already quite fast. But it's an interesting concept.
If you have a lot of music yes lol.... That's why I archived it so I don't have to do this again. Really no excuse for such poor support but I'm sure they'll get around to fixing it sooner or later.
What ticks me off is that they decided to release this as is. You KNOW they new how widespread playlist use was. I guarantee there was a meeting at one point where m3u, pls, etc were brought up and apparently, the resolution was: screw'em.