I have a friend with an Ipod… (How many people have said that?)
On trips to Phoenix, AZ we have used both his Ipod and my Fuze to play music… I’d say I never notice his player repeating songs too often… maybe 1 repeat in 100 songs, VS. Fuze sometimes will play the SAME song back to back!!!
That was both annoying and embarassing…
And repeating the same song within 2-3 songs range, that happened quite a few times.
His Ipod never does that…
HINT for hearing a song less (rate all of your music and rate ones lower you want to hear less ** and lower… )
This helped a little, but not entirely for me.
I am not saying Ipods are perfect, but I wish I had bought one instead of my V2 Fuze… (At least I could Rockbox one of those)
And in regards to my old DAP (mp3/WMA/WAV only) Along with never needing any firmware updates and never having it crash or have other problems… it’s random is also random (NEVER repeats the same song back to back, or even within 30 songs range)
Capacity was it’s issue (Good for trips to town, 3-4 hour trips without repeat music)
I routinely drive 8+ hours, one way… mostly hiway… So it’d be nice if the Fuze could use an algorythm that would make repeats less often.
I don’t want to make a sync folder with my songs renamed randomly just so I can turn off shuffle and repeat… rerandomizing it each time I sync…
That would require too much storage (original music and folders, plus randomized titles in a single folder)
The problem with my other player (the one without problems) is songs play in the order they are imported (which I can use to my advantage, eg Randomness)
Since the Fuze obviously uses a database, can’t an extra field be put in each record… you know, like a playorder field that could be set my the device’s owner?
Call it “play order” and give it a value between 1 and 8000…
It could be generated when the database updates, or later, by user selection (either of the order (random/sequential) or of the user’s selction of songs (the last option would be slow if done inside the player))
Just a thought.