11-03-2016 10:18 AM
Using the firmware the player comes with, when in shuffle mode the player seems to generate random numbers and use those to decide what song to play next. In other words, some songs will repeat before they are all played. If you install the free add on firmware Rockbox on your player, then the player will put all the songs you are trying to play shuffled in the current playlist, and shuffle them the way a deck of cards is shuffled, so there will be no repeats until after all the songs are played. Rockbox also has many other great features. Rockbox is a dual boot OS that sits next to the Sandisk firmware, so you can boot into the Sandisk firmware by holding down the left button while you turn on the player. I have Rockbox installed on my Clip+ and Clip Zip players. It is not available for the Clip Sport, Clip Sport Plus, or Clip Jam.
11-05-2016 12:29 AM
Thanks for the info, sounds like this will do what I need. I realize that in a random system, you can get repeats or some songs playing twice before another song plays once. On the Hipstreet mp3 player I was talking about, it would actually rotate through the same 30 or so songs(out of over 700). Each time I'd turn it on I'd have to skip through dozens of songs to get to one I hadn't heard the previous day. Even if I picked a new song as a starting point, after a couple of songs had played it would fall back into the same cycle. Very annoying. I recently learned that if I just paused it while playing a song and let it "go to sleep", it would continue on a random shuffle when I turned it back on the next day. It was explicitly turning the power off and on that caused it to always start at the same point. Thanks again for the reply