Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have multiple playlists (about 2k songs) in Banshee that I want to sync with my Android smartphone (Motorola Milestone). The sync worked flawlessly from the start to the end but after looking at the result I noticed that some songs were missing on the Android device. After looking closer to the problem I saw that only songs that had a special characters in the name (&, /, +. etc) were not synched.

Are there other people having this problem and has anyone found a solution? Preferably one that does not consist in changing song names :)

share|improve this question

This is not just a Banshee problem, most syncing programs - rsync for example - also chokes when certain special characters exist within file names. And that's the issue, it's filenames, not song names that cause problems - song names are recorded in metadata. Knock up a shell script that replaces these special characters in the filenames, rescan and everything should look the same but should now sync without issue.

Regards, Simon.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.