Old 6th May 2012, 11:36   #1
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Lightbulb Is Randomizing a playlist possible?

Hi all, I have around 400 songs on my android phone all in a playlist, which is a low enough number that if I listen to it with Shuffle on, I can notice that I end up listening to some songs very often and other songs almost never.

So I wanna ask, is there a way to sort the playlist? It seems to be alphabetical by default
and that means that without shuffle, I'd have to listen to 20 AC/DC songs in a row etc..

In good old Desktop Winamp, you can go:
Misc > Sort > Randomize list

So you make sure that with Shuffle off, you go through all the songs only once, but in random order.

I know you can drag songs around, but I won't do that 400 times.
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Old 17th May 2012, 16:21   #2
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Right, Winamp must not be doing very well since there are mostly tumble-weeds around here. Which worries me, as I've always loved it.

Anyway, if you want anything done... I've resorted to quite an unacceptable solution (considering it's 2012), which is, renaming the metadata tags for all the tracks on my phone's SD, to make them start with a random unicode character.

I have downloaded mp3tag and used their scripting support to prepend a random number between 1 and 32767, converted to a unicode character, to each song. (this way, you have just one letter inserted at the beginning of the song, instead of possibly a whole 5 digits)

.$char($add($rand(),1)). %title%

Use the above code in the Tag to Tag function of Mp3tag, for the title, artist, or whatever winamp was sorting your playlist by.
The script will turn the title:
"The seven angels" into
".צ. The seven angels", where צ is some weird symbol. The dots are there to make it easy for you to clean this prefix with another script later, if you want to restore the original names.

I'll just leave this here for posterity, but I do hope that the winamp devs are going to fix this inconvenience.

PS: while we're at it, I would love it if winamp for android allowed us to rename tracks (and maybe also metadata) straight from the playlist. I hate having to search for the track independently in another program if I want to do that.
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