A few times after copying the .mp3 files to the podcasts folder on the mass memory I've found that the podcast information becomes corrupt. This only happens when I start fiddling about with the tags and deleting them and recopying them etc.
The 'corruptness' manifests itself as podcast files being shown in the library even after I've deleted the files (using file manager or from within the library) and refreshed. Also, if I try to delete the podcasts that the library still thinks exists I get the message:
General: System error
In the past the only way I found to fix this problem was to reformat my mass memory but today I found an easier way.
I connected my N97 in 'Mass storage' mode and used Windows Explorer to search the Podcasts folder for all files. Then I sorted the results by date and noted the last update time of the most recent file. Then I copied a single .mp3 to the mass storage, refreshed the library and carried out the search/sort/find latest file procedure again. This showed that the following files had been updated since I copied the single .mp3 onto my phone:
I deleted these four files and ran the music player. A message popped up saying (something like) "Searching for music and podcasts".
After this had finished my music and podcasts library were fixed.
Glad you're sorted. By deleting the 4 subdirectories you effectively wipe the music player database (indexes/thumbnails), so next time player is opened it searches for files and rebuilds database. You can open the subdirectories with Notepad/Wordpad to see what's in them. Same approach can also help with corrupted pics/vids if you know what to delete. The solution has helped me when player has become corrupted, certainly quicker than reformatting the mass memory.
Does anyone the exact reason for the corruption?
And does anyone here know why non-English characters randomly are replaced with some non unicode ASCII characters after sync from WMP (even though sync did nothing with the files. the files are from early syncs.) and how can I set music player to include files only from the Music folders. I dont want message attachments, some programs' mp3 files to be included in my library..