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Why is it so difficult to create a playlist from MP3 files on iPhone? If you did not load these onto the iPhone via the Music App, the Finder (Mac) or iTunes (PC), but via direct download or via AirDrop, you can only implement the automatic playback in the desired order via detours. Or am I doing something wrong? Maybe you can leave me a simple solution as a comment. Until then, I'll present you my work-around for listening to an audio book that a friend recorded and made available to me as an MP3. I used the Documents app from Readdle for this.
A friend of mine read in a book as a hobby project and saved the resulting recordings as MP3 files - one chapter each as a file. I was able to download them to my MacBook via a cloud service. From there I chose the shortest route to the iPhone: AirDrop. The individual files landed in the files app on the Apple smartphone via wireless technology. And then? I had to play them one by one. Because although there is a file list in the integrated (and extremely minimalist) player of the iOS Files app, it does not serve as a playlist / playlist.
After trying things out on the music app and looking at the settings, I finally asked DuckDuckGo. With different searches like Create MP3 playlist on iPhone and How to create mp3 playlist on iphone or iPhone MP3 files played as a playlist I've slowly given up believing in a native solution. Because all I found were guides and instructions on how to transfer MP3 files from Mac or PC to iPhone. But I had already done that. The individual sources were silent about the next step, namely the proper reproduction.
Now you can come to terms with the native solution and name the successive files for proper sorting (Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc.) and always select the next one from the folder list after playing a file. But if you are doing housework, jogging or walking, doing a craft or puzzle or just don't want to look at your smartphone, then that's not a good solution. What you need is an MP3 playlist on the iPhone, which automatically skips to the next track when the previous one is over. I found a provisional solution in Readdle's Documents App.
Yes, I also checked the VLC Player App for the possibility of an MP3 playlist. But either the VLC app on iOS is limited to the music or iTunes library as well as own downloads or I'm too stupid to use it. So I turned to Documents, an app that we Already presented in 2017 had. At that time mainly for handling ZIP folders on the iPhone and iPad. With the Documents app from Readdle you can do even more: for example open and edit PDF files as well as various audio files (aac, .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .amr, .au, .l16, .m3u, .m4a , .m4b, .m4p, .mp3, .pcm, .wav and .flac).
The Pro version, which should be turned on when you start the app for the first time, can safely be ignored. Simply select the first tab "My files", tap on "Files" and search for the folder in which the desired MP3 files are located. Now you can choose one of them and play it back. If you repeat these steps and select the next title (for me chapter 2), it will be added to the playlist - and so on. This is cumbersome, but in the end you created an MP3 playlist on the iPhone. This remains when you exit and restart the app. Unfortunately, it cannot be saved as a playlist file.
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The above work-around was sufficient for my purposes. I wanted to assemble an audiobook from different chapters and then listen to it without having to re-select each title for playback. But what if I want to save the MP3 playlist on the iPhone, give it a name and maybe also a picture? Do you know a solution for that? How do you bypass the very annoying restricted Apple ecosystem for using files on the iPhone? Or is there only the way via the music app and the synchronization of the files as part of the music library? Feel free to leave your experiences as a comment! :)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.