not easy, but i can get the player to scan the files on the internal memory, impossible on a memory card. I use mp3tag and my tags are pretty solid. all flac files - 16/24 bit. strange, i can get it to see the files if i browse by directory, and if i play a track, it will scan that album only. I may have to go back to 1.25 or 1.26 and see what happens.
Hey Mingus, you may have checked already but have you deleted all the extended tags that are sometimes present. MP3Tag doesn't show them in the default view but if you highlight all your files and hit 'ALT+T' then it will bring up an additional box, any extended tags will show up here. I had some media scanning issues and cleaning these tags out made a huge difference.
I concur with @mingus, not an easy thing to do considering that the scanning function still has some very serious issues.
Here is what I found:
(1) as mingus as also mentioned, a clean tag database is a must. I would also add to that a clean file naming convention. The best is to keep it simple and denuded of special characters; an old hangup form OS either mobile or desktop types which don't seem to work well with special character codes.
(2) As I mentioned earlier there are two locations where cover arts are being used:
(a) The Menu Item selection which is just a UI around the tag database, specifically the album display:
I tried different scenarios and what worked the best for this was a jpg file in the album root directory, the dap does not care how you name it, it just looks for a file with a jpg file extension in it and uses it.
(b) The My Music section: If you are like me and don't bother switching song cover art, just the above (a) item will do the trick. If you insist in providing a separate cover art, then by all means embed it in your song, the DX50 will use it instead of the album cover art.
Now that I cleared the cover art selection, let's get to the troublesome microSD card switching;
This is what I did that actually has not left any residues and allowed me to get exactly what I had on the SD card:
(1) Delete the .audio_data folder on the microSD card
(2) Factory reset your DAP (your choice either from the Advanced Menu or the Power ON/ Volume reset)
(3) If you left your microSD card in the reader (it is safe btw, the DX50 does not touch it), then pop it out and in until you see the scan the card menu item.
(4) Select Scan the card and wait.
If I do all of the above operations on a clean microSD card, it scans the complete library so the Album shows me everything I have on the card and the My Music happily shows me the cover art for each song.
Do not perform all of the operations above and be ready to see ghost albums/songs with the famous 0 bit - 0 Khz display and no sound coming out of the DX50.
Btw I also tried the different audio file format (including OGG files) and they all played fine plus I was able for most of them to use mp3tag application for handling database tags, except for wav files.
One more thing:
You must provide the following tags:
Track (numbered 1 to n - use mp3tag to numbered your tracks automatically)
I guess you just recognized the DX50 database tag menu and My Music display.
One more thing to watch out for: case matters, so be careful about casing, so Pink and pink and pinK are all different in the DX50 tag database world. If you want to have all the songs appearing under the same album, then the name should be exactly the same, else it will split it in a different albums even if it is in the same directory.
Edited by musicheaven - 12/29/13 at 12:46pm