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Subject: Re: Playlist only shuffle mode
From: Mike Holden (rockbox_at_mikeholden.uklinux.net)
Date: 2003-03-12


Brian King said:
> I recently submitted a patch to the patch tracker that adds an
> additional shuffle mode: playlists only. What it does is when you select
> a playlist to play it gets shuffled and when you select a plain mp3
> file, the files in that directory do not get shuffled. Personally, I use
> it all the time. When I listen to a playlist it is generally one of
> several large playlists based on genre and I want it shuffled. When I
> select an mp3 file I generally want to listen to a single album and want
> to listen to it in order. Is there anyone out there that would find
> this useful? Granted, once we have the .cfg file per mp3 file
> capability the same function could be accomplished with it, but it
> would require a bit of setup to do so and might be a bit of a hassle.

I very rarely play an mp3 file directly. Even my albums (which is most of
my mp3 collection) has a playlist for the album. To play tracks in the
right order without a playlist, you need to include the track number at
the start of the mp3, otherwise you get them in alphabetical order, and
adding track numbers (IMHO) is messy. I pretty much always listen to an
album in the original order.

I also have home-made playlists for tracks I like, and often listen to
these shuffled, but I generally do it through the F menu as it's only a
couple of buttons presses away.

Personally I wouldn't use this feature, but I like the more general ideas
being touted in .cfg files.



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