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Subject: Re: shuffle for over 400 songs
From: Vince Scimeca (vscimeca_at_jupitermedia.com)
Date: 2003-06-05


All - thanks for your help and advice, it is much appreciated!

Vince
vscimeca_at_jupitermedia.com

On Thu, 2003-06-05 at 00:33, Michael O'Quinn wrote:

> That's good advice.
>
> Also, in general it's a bad idea to have so many files in the root
> directory of ANY hard drive.
>
> First, the root directory itself is limited, there are only so many
> directory entries, and that limits how many files can ultimately be stored
> on the root directory. This limitation on the number of file entries does
> not exist for any sub-directories. They can grow as needed.
>
> Second, if something trashes your hard disk, often files in the root
> directory are toast, while files in sub-directories are salvageable.
> I've seen this happen to many times to count.
>
> Third, as your collection of music grows, you will find that having all of
> your songs in one directory (regardless of it's location, root or not)
> will become nearly unmanageable. There are various ways of organizing
> your music, and a little time now will have big payoffs later.
>
> I have created a directory called "Genres" in my root directory. In that
> directory I have a bunch of directories, one for each genre.
> "Classical," "Ambient," and "Rock" are all a few examples. Within each
> Genre directory, I have one directory per artist. Then within each artist
> directory, I have one directory for each album. Within those, I have the
> actual songs.
>
> This makes it easy to find my way around, and it also makes creating
> playlists a cinch. I can navigate, for example, to the "Rock" directory,
> select "Create Playlist," and then shuffle pay my entire rock-n-roll
> collection.
>
> Anyway, I hope all of this helps.
>
> Michael
>
>
> On Wed, 4 Jun 2003, Hardeep Sidhu wrote:
>
> > Hi Vince,
> >
> > There are a couple of things you can do:
> >
> > 1. Create a playlist that contains all your MP3s (e.g.
> > from Main Menu: Create Playlist) and then play that.
> >
> > 2. If you prefer to keep all your MP3s in one
> > directory, update to the latest daily build and set
> > General Settings->System->Max files in dir browser to
> > your preferred size (remember to restart system after
> > change).
> >
> > The first option is preferred as the second will
> > affect the amount of memory available for buffering
> > tracks to play
> > (http://rockbox.haxx.se/docs/faq.html#53).
> >
> > -Hardeep
> >
> > --- Vince Scimeca <vscimeca_at_jupitermedia.com> wrote:
> > > I have had my Archos Studio 20 for about a week now
> > > and I absolutely love it! I found the Rockbox
> > > project and downloaded
> > > the software today and now I love my player even
> > > more! I had put about 600 of my favorite mp3's in
> > > the root of my player and
> > > just set the thing to shuffle and life is good. Now
> > > I notice I get a buffer overload error and it will
> > > only recognize the first 400
> > > mp3's since I installed the Rockbox software. So I
> > > created a Music directory in the root of the device
> > > and put 399 mp3's in there and
> > > then I created a Music2 subdirectory within the
> > > Music directory for the rest. Now I can play all
> > > the mp3's in the 2 directory's, however
> > > when I shuffle it seems as though I can only shuffle
> > > the songs in each individual folder, not the 2
> > > folders combined. Is there any way that
> > > I can shuffle more then 400 mp3's with the Rockbox
> > > software? Any help is appreciated.
> > >
> > > thanks,
> > > Vince
> > > vscimeca_at_jupitermedia.com
> > >
> >



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