Skinjob has given 2 good work arounds, but with conditions . . .
If you re-tag all your Christmas music to a “Christmas” genre, then you can just pull up the genre “Christmas” and it will play only those songs. (Btw, you can insert “Christmas” or “Christmas Music” as a ‘user-defined’ genre in MP3Tag so it will come up in the list of available genres. That saves you from typing it in all the time.)
But in doing this, it will not prevent the ‘Christmas’ labeled songs from playing in the mix when you select PLAY ALL, shuffle on or not. To do this, you’d have to go with the 2nd suggestion of making a playlist with just ‘Christmas’ music. Even doing this will not prevent the player from finding and playing these when PLAY ALL is selected. You would also have to create another playlist of everything else on your player EXCEPT the songs in your ‘Christmas’ playlist. By selecting this ‘exception’ playlist, your player would only play what’s in this list and not songs in the other playlist (Christmas).
This though brings up another problem depending on how many total songs you have on your player; playlist limitation. I believe there is either a 250, 500 or 1000 song limit for .pla format playlists, depending on your player model. I believe the Clip was updated in a f/w release to allow 1000 songs, but the Fuze & the e200v2 series may still be at 250 (I’m going from memory here). I don’t think there is a limit for .m3u format playlists. This probably wouldn’t be an issue for the ‘Christmas’ list, but could be for the ‘everythng else’ list.
One other work around you could try is what I have done; put all your Christmas music on a separte Micro SD card. Set all these songs to the ‘Christmas’ genre as discussed earlier and use this (genre list) method of playing them when you’re in the mood to ‘be jolly’. Then remove the ‘Christmas’ card when not playing this music. This way you can keep all your holiday music on this separate card and just dust it off once a year.
The trick here though is ‘remembering’ where you put the Christmas card so you wouldn’t lose it.
EDIT: I just realized that this is in the Clip board. Sorry, sometimes I get confused. The Clip does not have a card slot, so dis-regard the last suggestion. But if anyone is reading this that has another player (with a card slot), this is a good alternative.
Message Edited by Tapeworm on 11-14-2008 12:40 PM