View Full Version : Ordering mp3 playing alphanumerically on portable players
30th June 2011, 11:43 AM
I have an mp3 player and would like to be able to easily change the order that it plays tracks using Fedora if it is possible.
Converting to Ogg format is straight forward using OggConvert. Audacity will also export the Ogg back to mp3 but that is as far as i have got !
Ideally for me it would play the tracks alphanumerically by filename but other ways would also be of interest.
The player won't recognize ogg files and i don't think Rhythmbox fully recognizes the player as of AdamW's (http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpost.php?p=1411165&postcount=23) post since oggs are not automatically converted to mp3s when dragged over.
30th June 2011, 12:01 PM
This doesn't seem to be at all a fedora issue, if you want to play tracks in a certain order on an mp3 player that has entirely to do with the mp3 player and it's firmware - You could try common tricks like naming the tracks so they appear in alphabetical order but aside from that I don't see how this is a linux/fedora problem.
30th June 2011, 12:32 PM
Right, a lot of such players ignore the file name when sorting the list. Windows puts the new files to the end of the list, while Linux tends to put them on the first place. This isn't really related to Fedora.
Your workaround only works because the converter goes alphabetically, and effectively deletes the old files and recreate them - now properly ordered.
30th June 2011, 01:31 PM
Perhaps there is a program that takes the timestamps that the player probably uses and alters them in a set way that is dependent on
something that can be specified such as a filename or tab so that they are played to that order ?
30th June 2011, 03:07 PM
I don't know what counts, but you can try touching all files in alphabetical order.
30th June 2011, 03:26 PM
To be practical for every new track added it would probably need to be a program.
The reason for suggesting converting to ogg is that there should be access to all files with this.
30th June 2011, 03:48 PM
Creating a script that just touches every files in alphabetical order? Does that work? I don't have a music player available ATM, so I can't try it.
30th June 2011, 05:55 PM
Thanks for the idea, if i knew how to write a script to touch in alphanumeric order i would because the player does seem to play them by "last to be touched'.
Found Fatsort by Boris Leidner in the repos, problem solved. Thanks Boris.
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