FS#6915 - Random Album Selection from Database

Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Mark Reiche (Porphyr) - Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 16:22 GMT
Last edited by Steve Bavin (pondlife) - Friday, 21 December 2007, 13:32 GMT
Task Type Feature Requests
Category Music playback
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System All players
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


I am missing a feature that was originally my main reason for buying an iPod: Random Album selection.
That's the way I like listening to my music: I listen to complete albums from start to the end. I like the player to randomly suggest an album for me and if it does not fit my mood, I jump the next suggestion.

It seems to me that this is not easily possible with configuration.

I checked out the source from SVN and started looking around, started getting an impression on the database concepts, but I'm still missing the final clue on how to implement something like this. I mean, of course I'd prefer if somebody implemented that for me, but I would also be happy, if someone could give me some good hints...

One option I'd see would be some menu entry that creates a playlist of all albums in the database randomized (preferably together with a playback control button that allows to skip to the next album)
Second one would be a menu entry that just selects a random album and puts this into the playlist (i.e. playback stops at album end) - reselect this menu entry to get another random album)

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Closed by  Bj√∂rn Stenberg (zagor)
Friday, 21 December 2007, 13:32 GMT
Reason for closing:  Accepted
Additional comments about closing:  Closing all feature requests.
Comment by Paul Louden (Llorean) - Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 02:50 GMT
Have you tried the random folder advance feature?
Comment by Mark Reiche (Porphyr) - Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 05:48 GMT
That does not help me because of the way the music is organized on the iPod: The music files are distributed over 20 folders (called F00 .. F19) in a more or less non-deterministic schema.
To avoid using the database I had to xtract the music from the iPod again and re-order it into an artist/album structure. This is cumbersome and would also prevent me from using the original firmware as a fallback - so not a real option.