How to use iTunes to manage songs in your K750i

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It’s a pity Apple limits iTunes synching to iPods and iTunes-enabled mobile phones. ITunes makes managing music files and podcasts very easy with its cataloguing and drag and drop interface. I use iTunes to play songs in my PC and the ability to have it manage songs and podcasts in my phone would be a big help.

I searched around for a solution and found Mass Storage Synchronizer (screenshots after the jump). The free software allows you to let iTunes manage songs in your Walkman phones, Palm devices, Samsung MP3 phones, Nokia units and other devices.

Installing and using Mass Storage Synchronizer is easy. But before you install it, make sure you have the latest Sony Ericsson K750 firmware, R1BC002. If you’re still using an earlier firmware, you’re phone will likely have the USB transfer bug and you’d encounter errors in sending files to your phones: many of the files you’d transfer to your memory stick via the USB cable won�t be transferred.

Also, make sure you do not have an MP3 folder in the root or top level directory of any of your local drive and network drives connected to your PC. This is extremely important. If you’re using the program for a Sony Ericsson handset, it will search for an MP3 folder alphabetically and (it appears) in an ascending manner and synchs with the first top-level MP3 folder it detects.

I found this out the hard way as when I tried synching my iTunes playlist to the K750i connected as J drive in my PC, it synched instead with the MP3 folder in my W: drive, a local partition. It wiped out several Frank Sinatra and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes tracks. It was a good thing, though, that I already had these files in my phone.

If you’re using it for a Walkman phone, change iTunes’ importing option to use the MP3 encoder. You can do this by clicking on Edit then Preferences then click on Advanced tab then Importing then at the Import Using field, choose MP3 Encoder.

To use Mass Storage Synchronizer with the K750i or any other Sony Ericsson phone do the following:

1.) Download the file here.
2.) Extract the folder inside the zip file to c: so the directory of the application will be c:\Mass-Storage-Synchronizer
3.) Copy the MassStorSync.lnk into your desktop
4.) Click on MassStorSync.lnk and it will create a My Sony Device songlist in your iTunes
5.) Drag songs you want to be downloaded into your phones into the My Sony Device link. When you click on My Sony Device, you can find at the bottom of the screen data on how much space you�d need for the songs you’ve chosen.
6.) Once you’ve finalized your list, click on the MassStorSync.lnk in your desktop and the program will start synchronizing your music tracks into your phone. It will delete existing tracks in the phone so make sure you have copies of the songs elsewhere. The program will display a pop-up prompt once it finishes synchronizing the music tracks.

Using iTunes with the Sony Ericsson K750i

I never encountered problems in using the program. I’ve just started using the software this week and I must have synched iTunes to the K750i more than 15 times to test it for this blog post.

When I first used it, I deleted all the files in my memory stick and re-formatted it. This isn’t required, I just wanted to start from scratch. The software author suggested that if you encounter synchronization errors, just delete the files in your MP3 folder and start again.

The screen that pops up after USB Mass Storage Synchronizer finishes synching iTunes tracks to the K750i There is just one downside in using iTunes to manage your K750i songs: the folder structure it creates in your phone. ITunes creates folders for songs using the artists’ name as the name of the folder. This makes creating playlists “click-intensive,” you’d have to go through a lot of folders to mark songs for inclusion in a certain playlist. When you have a compilation album, for example, the files aren’t saved in one folder but in different folders under the names of the artists.

What I do is that I use iTunes when I synch podcasts and single-artist albums. If I’m in the mood for one of my compilations the 3-CD Just Great Jazz Songs collection or The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, for example, I use my regular Windows file manager: Total Commander.

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  1. Hi Max,
    the mass storage synchroniser you refer to is not in fact free, it is shareware that you need to buy after 15 days. The free downloadable version also has restrictions on it as to functionality (you can onoy sync 50 songs at a time). If you know of a free version, please let me know!

    Regards….Daniel

  2. […] I find it more efficient to just use my favorite Windows file manager, Total Commander, to transfer the music files from my PC to the phone. I’ve tried using third-party software to make iTunes manage my phone playlist and they work but not to the extent that they’ve become the primary way I manage my songs. I hate the way synchronization with iTunes breaks apart files in compilation albums into artist sub-folders. You’d have to recreate your playlist by repeatedly clicking on album folders. I’m sure there’s a way to configure this but I’m just too lazy to find out how. […]

  3. Great info thanks- does anyone know if there is a way whereby i can play my K750i through my car radio? I know there is an FM transmitter that you can get for ipods / MP3s, but the Sony headfone socket is unique. K

  4. Keith,
    Thanks for the feedback. I’ve never read or heard about an accessory to connect your K750i through your car radio. Your right, Sony’s decision on the socket makes it hard to use standard connectors. The Motorola Rokr, for example, uses standard headphone jacks.

  5. Hi Max, thanks for that. I spent the rest of the day on the web & in fact discovered 2 ways to do this. SE themselves make the MMR60 which is an FM transmitter that plugs into the headphone / charger socket. Another way is to buy a $10 adapter that allows you to use a standard MP3 player FM transmitter. I chose this route as I might not always use SE stuff. Thought u and your readers might like to know. Keith

  6. Better than FM transmitters often prone to interferences I am using a Fast Port to 3.5 mm jack adaptor to connect my SE phone to my car stereo. SE also proposes a handsfree kit allowing to listen music stored in the phone on your car stereo.

  7. this is very usefull to me , but i have a doubt , how can i find the current version of my mobile

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