I have loaded into MP3tag all the tracks that I have rated in iTunes (having exported them) and from this list I want to create a separate playlist for each Artist. I then import these individual playlists into iTunes
This works fine for the vast majority of artists/tracks but when there are unicode (UTF-8) characters in either the artist name, album name or track title these tracks or in some cases entire playlists are missing - e.g. Blue Öyster Cult
The export configuration code is as follows (I have created two actions/export configs which run one after the other within an action group). The first creates the filename with the first line populated with EXTM3U. The second then loops round each artist/track and enters each track in the playlist
$filename(\\\\NAS\Music\Artist Playlists\$if($eql(%albumartist%,Various Artists),$cutleft(%album%,6),$if($eql(%_parent_directory%,1Pop),Miscellaneous Pop,$if($eql(%_parent_directory%,\\\\NAS\Music),Miscellaneous Artists,$regexp(%_folderpath%,'^\\\\.+?\\\\.+?\\\\.+?\\\\(.+?)\\\\.*',$1)))) - Rated Tracks.m3u)#EXTM3U $loop(%path%)#EXTINF:%_length_seconds%,%artist% - %title% $replace(%_path%,'\\\\NAS\Music\MP3\','M:\MP3\') $loopend()
I thought that all I would need to do to get this to become a UTF-8 playlist was change the extension from .m3u to .m3u8. However although all the playlists are generated now with the m3u8 extension, any with unicode characters are still not being picked up when imported into iTunes. I am obviously missing something in creating these as UTF-8 playlists, but I don't know what it is.