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How to sort tracks / folders on SD-Cards, USB-Sticks?
Dirki
post Nov 19 2012, 19:11
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Is there a tool / add on / an option to sort files / folders on SD-Cards, USB-Sticks etc. to play the tracks in the desired arrangement on a CD-Player, MP3-Player, car radio etc.?


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post Nov 20 2012, 01:46
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A good few SD or USB players with an MP3 decoder will simply play any file in the order it appears in the file allocation table (FAT), which, when writing to a formatted flash drive will almost certainly be the order they were written to the card.

fb2k includes File Operations to Copy files in your playlist (in the order you have them) to a location, specifying the filename using title formatting syntax. It should do so in that sequence, writing the FAT in that sequence, causing playback in the required order.

This old thread details steps I took to accomplish the desired playback order, which I still use when loading a new SD card for the same system (and I'll be doing a new mix of Christmas and non-Christmas tracks soon). The second post simplified my replacements of non-filename characters.

http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showtopic=76573
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post Nov 28 2012, 02:48
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QUOTE (Dynamic @ Nov 20 2012, 11:46) *
A good few SD or USB players with an MP3 decoder will simply play any file in the order it appears in the file allocation table (FAT), which, when writing to a formatted flash drive will almost certainly be the order they were written to the card.

If that's the problem here, the simplest way I found of writing in order to the FAT was:
  1. Click on a column header to sort the files into the desired playing order in Windows Explorer (I used Lupas Rename 2000 if renaming was necessary).
  2. Select all the files.
  3. Click on the top file in the list, & drag them onto the player in another Windows Explorer window.

That was under Windows XP, but would be worth trying in 7. Dragging by any other file in the selection resulted in the files being written to the FAT, & therefore played, out of order.
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post Dec 28 2012, 16:09
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All of that Dynamic suggested / explained works perfectly (so, using the copy option of the context menu "Copy to" or "Move to"). Many thanks again.

When you use the "Copy to" option, is it possible that foobar automatically enumerates the copied or new created folders, so to add a 1 in front of the folder name, 2, 3 etc. So, when foobar copies or creates the first folder named "folder1" the name shall be changed to e.g. "1 - folder1", the second folder named "folder2" to "2 - folder2" and so on?

E.g. dragging the files being in the right order in foobar from the play list to a SD-Card, USB-Stick does not seem to work.

The different players I have, seem to react differently, so you have to try out how you copy the files.


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QUOTE (Dynamic @ Nov 20 2012, 11:46) *
A good few SD or USB players with an MP3 decoder will simply play any file in the order it appears in the file allocation table (FAT), which, when writing to a formatted flash drive will almost certainly be the order they were written to the card.

If that's the problem here, the simplest way I found of writing in order to the FAT was:
  1. Click on a column header to sort the files into the desired playing order in Windows Explorer (I used Lupas Rename 2000 if renaming was necessary).
  2. Select all the files.
  3. Click on the top file in the list, & drag them onto the player in another Windows Explorer window.

That was under Windows XP, but would be worth trying in 7. Dragging by any other file in the selection resulted in the files being written to the FAT, & therefore played, out of order.


Yes, that works, unbelievable, I hadn't get that idea. The easiest way. The only thing I didn't try. It also works with e.g. CopyHandler. And I can drag by any of the marked files (also with the Windows copy option). I am wondering why there are programs like foldersorter. By the way, (AntRenamer and ReNamer work very well for renaming, also.

Thank you very much again.


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- Dirki   How to sort tracks / folders on SD-Cards, USB-Sticks?   Nov 19 2012, 19:11
- - Daeron   You can try using playlists or renaming your files...   Nov 19 2012, 20:23
- - Dirki   Thanks Daeron. Yes, of course, that was one of my...   Nov 19 2012, 20:43
- - Remedial Sound   Could you give a specific example of what you...   Nov 19 2012, 20:57
- - CiTay   There's this old freeware called FolderSort. L...   Nov 19 2012, 21:12
- - lvqcl   http://hem.passagen.se/chsw/fatsort/index.html htt...   Nov 19 2012, 21:12
- - Dirki   Thank you. QUOTE Could you give a specific exampl...   Nov 19 2012, 21:14
- - Dirki   Many thanks. QUOTE There's this old freeware ...   Nov 19 2012, 21:28
- - Dynamic   A good few SD or USB players with an MP3 decoder w...   Nov 20 2012, 01:46
|- - southisup   QUOTE (Dynamic @ Nov 20 2012, 11:46) A go...   Nov 28 2012, 02:48
|- - Dirki   All of that Dynamic suggested / explained works pe...   Dec 28 2012, 16:09
|- - southisup   QUOTE (Dirki @ Dec 29 2012, 02:09) Yes, t...   Jan 3 2013, 02:51
- - Dirki   Many thanks. Sorry, what does fb2k mean? Ah yes, ...   Nov 20 2012, 02:17
- - Dynamic   Foobar2000 = fb2k (the sub-forum you're postin...   Nov 20 2012, 03:21
- - Dirki   QUOTE Foobar2000 = fb2k (the sub-forum you're ...   Nov 20 2012, 10:13
- - Dynamic   Do you have limitations such as file name length b...   Nov 20 2012, 17:00
|- - Dirki   QUOTE Do you have limitations such as file name le...   Nov 21 2012, 03:25
- - Dynamic   It sounds like, within each folder, the contents a...   Nov 22 2012, 02:28
- - Dirki   QUOTE It sounds like, within each folder, the cont...   Nov 22 2012, 03:04
- - Dirki   Thanks, southisup, I couldn't test the ideas ...   Nov 28 2012, 03:13
- - Dirki   Yes, it is Win 7. Thanks again.   Jan 3 2013, 14:49
- - southisup   Quick footnote: I just had to put an audio book o...   Mar 29 2013, 02:52


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