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Subject: Re: shuffle for over 400 songs

Re: shuffle for over 400 songs

From: Michael O'Quinn <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 21:33:28 -0700 (PDT)

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

Anyway, I hope all of this helps.


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
> (
> -Hardeep
> --- Vince Scimeca <> 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
> >
> >
Received on 2003-06-05

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