There still seems to be dissatisfaction with the Clip’s shuffle function - which I share. Here is the way I’d anticipate a mp3 player’s shuffle function to work:
After an event which causes a database reload (such as connecting to the computer to load or delete songs, or a manual reset of the Clip) a random playlist gets generated. This stays with the Clip when it’s turned off either by inaction or manually, and followed until every song on the Clip gets played once without repeat. Since a 2GB Clip can have 32 hours of music at 128 bitrate, that means that the Clip will need charging at least once during the cycle. Therefore charging should not affect the random playlist, either.
This is important to me since I’ll set the Clip to shuffle through a bunch of newly acquired albums mixed in with some old favorites, and I’d like to hear ALL the new material this way.
I’m using firmware 01.01.29A, and I’m getting several repeats during what I’d expect to be a “cycle”. The only things I’m doing are pausing, powering down and (rarely) using the seek buttons to replay a song already played. Apparantly some of these actions alter the “random playlist”. Does this jive with others’ experience and expectations here regarding a “non-broken” shuffle?
2GB Clip -> SoundMagic PL-30 IEMs (on order)