On 2013-02-09 06:43, Jim Henderson wrote:
> On Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:48:06 +0000, Carlos E. R. wrote:
>> In my car, I can play music via a “parrot” device from a usb stick. The
>> available sort options are “artist, album, genre or playlist”. I would
>> like random, but there is no such option. So I wonder if I can generate
>> externally a playlist file which is internally randomly sorted.
> Sure, that sort of thing is possible. Banshee can be used to create
> playlists (which you could randomize from your library) and then you can
> export the playlist. I’m assuming your device can use an m3u playlist -
> if it doesn’t, you’ll have to give us info about what it does support.
I just tried with banshee and I could not create such a playlist from a
Tried then amarok, and I could select “local music”, then “files”, then
select all the directories with the mouse, then right click to add to
collection. It started thinking for a minute, then the playlist was
created. So I have a big .m3u file.
Amarok also can use other formats, such as shoutcast and xspf. I don’t
know which my parrot device wants, the documentation does not say.
The list is not random, but alphabetic: all tracks numbered “1” from
each directory, then all numbered “2”, etc. I don’t see how to influence
the sorting. Ah, yes, I can select random tracks in amarok, yes…
Hum. I don’t really know what sort order is used for the playlist when
exported. :-? Ah, yes, it is alphabetical by artist, even if the
playlist plays random in Amarok.
Let’s try banshee again.
What I don’t see in banshee is how to generate a playlist from a
directory (and recursive). I have to click on the artists or tracks and
add them one by one, and there are hundreds - plus I can make a mistake
and add the tracks from a different directory I don’t want to add.
I found that “easytag” can also generate a playlist of directory,
recursively, which is what I want. But the list is sorted by directory,
which I do not want. No sorting selector. It can use “dos directory
separator” which is a feature I might need.
kid3 can select a parent directory, if you choose menu entry “file/open
directory”. But sorting order is by directory, can not be altered.
So the best one so far is amarok…
You might say that I might randomize the file with linux tools, but the
file generated by amarok has two lines per entry.
Hum! With easytag or kid3 I can select “write only list of files”, then
randomize the file using… using what? I thought I knew, but I can’t
remember. I need a Linux filter to randomize a text file, too.
I don’t see anything appropriate in “apropos random”, only random number
Thanks! You gave me several ideas
Hum! “man 6 random” perhaps…
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)