Yep, it starts the shuffle over, as far as I am aware (but I’m not absolutely certain about this–perhaps someone can experiment a bit and post here). One possibility–_ I wonder if you could create a playlist of all your tunes and play that. _
Sure he could, but that’s not going to prevent having to start the playlist over after plugging into the computer. The problem is anytime anything on the computer reads the files on the player, whether it be A/V software or whatever, that triggers a database refresh upon unplugging.
But rather than considering it a “deal-breaker” and throwing the baby out with the bath water, imhotep could also use Rockbox firmware and not have to suffer with the way the Sandisk firmware is written to work. In fact, he wouldn’t see a database refresh at all; it does it in the background.
Rockbox’s shuffle algorithm is said to be better anyway. More random and does not repeat any songs until all have played through. I don’t know this 100% but that’s the scuttlebutt.