The Sansa clip obviously uses a format that doesn’t reflect the file structure. On a related note, it has its own way of identifying albums regardless of where they exist in the file tree, whether or not you put them in folders. This isn’t inherent to .mp3 as far as I know. Is Microsoft hiding stuff from me?
This is the confounding issue thats at the heart of my curiosity. How does the clip identify albums? Folders or simple numbering doesn’t seem to do the trick. There are no hidden files, at least not on the cranberries album.
Types of albums found so far-
Division Bell- Has weird codec files, album art displays, plays properly when simply copied. I see promise in this, but needs further study.
Faithful Departed-plays in proper order, no folder, no codecs, plays properly when simply copied.
The Wall- Will not play in proper order, even with numbering. No codecs, no hidden files, sync ineffective. I’ve even tried changing the track order with Windows Media Center, to no avail, but maybe I have to give them all a number…
Codecs might be key, but there’s other forces at work here. Namely: Sync and albums that play in order with no tampering.
Synchronization supposedly creates a play list, but the Clip still plays the Wall out of order even when the play list has the songs in order.