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Topic: iOS iphone app, how to add a new folder to the library. (Read 1906 times) previous topic - next topic
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iOS iphone app, how to add a new folder to the library.

Using Foobar2000 mobile app on an iPhone 11 (iOS 17) and I want to add a new folder location to the Library that is not the main Foobar2000 folder or the native ipod/iphone music app folder.

Why? I am using an external microSDXC card with a lightning port microreader to store a large portable music library and I can't transfer it to my iphone ssd as I don't have enough storage. There is no option for adding a new folder location so I was hoping there was a way to either: 1) change the FooBar folder location to the external drive pathway; or 2) Add the external drive as a pseudo 'network location' using the local pathway.

The microSD card reads and plays music just fine on the iPhone I just don't know how to get FooBar to add data from it.

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Reply #1
To my knowledge, iOS applications, not limited to foobar 2000 for mobile, should not be able to access files outside of the directory reserved for the application.
In the Android version, you can specify an external SD card from Tools > Media Library, but this is not possible in the iOS version.

Therefore, the only way to play an external source on an iOS device with insufficient capacity is to connect to a media server on the network.
Conveniently, the Upnp media server function of the desktop version of foobar2000 allows you to play tracks from the foobar2000 library on your home PC when you are away from home. There are some barriers in terms of data traffic and security...

Another option is to use Tools > Play location... but I have not been able to use this feature on an iOS device.

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Reply #2
There are other iOS player apps that do this now. This is ideal to avoid storing the same music file 2-3 times to support each player.  Please look into having this support added in the future.

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Reply #3
Playback external folders is not currently supported, but request noted.
Microsoft Windows: We can't script here, this is bat country.

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Reply #4
Fixed in today's preview build, can use system folder picker to add any folders on your device. This also means access to any Mac folders if running on ARM Mac.
I am positively surprised by how well this went, interaction with iOS filesystem, using iOS14+ methods, is actually much simpler and cleaner than Android equivalent.
Microsoft Windows: We can't script here, this is bat country.

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Reply #5
Fixed in today's preview build, can use system folder picker to add any folders on your device. This also means access to any Mac folders if running on ARM Mac.
I am positively surprised by how well this went, interaction with iOS filesystem, using iOS14+ methods, is actually much simpler and cleaner than Android equivalent.
I am already using this on iPhone12. Works perfectly!

I use the MS Remote Desktop app to access and transfer files from my main PC to my phone. I can now keep these in a master folder that can be accessed from the PC when connected, and simply have Foobar2k Mobile point to that same folder. Thanks a ton for this!!!

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Reply #6
This works perfectly. I really appreciate the work. Thank you @Peter!