The stereos in my cars do not sort the USB Thumb Drive music folders alphabetically.
So I need to be sure these are sorted properly when copying folders from my PC…
I have a directory sorter utility on my PC called “mp3DirSorter” which sometimes works and sometimes does not. I will take the thumb drive out to my car and sometimes the folders begin with the “M’s” and the “A’s” begin midway through the listing.
Other times they are all alphabetical.
I can’t tell when looking at the thumb drive folders on my PC WHAT ACTUAL ORDER they are in??? Windows always displays the listing alphabetical.
So any way to see the actual order of the folders/files?
I would start with a clean thumbdrive, sort the files as required on my computer, and then load them. I would expect that to work. I am guessing that sorting them does not change how they are stored, but only how the directory is displayed.
I hear ya. I don’t listen to music on shuffle, I usually work through a band’s discography and want the folders in chronological order. My theory is that copying a bunch of folders all at once means the order they appear on the thumb drive is the order they finish copying. I don’t think pre-sorting them will help. If a folder in the middle is small, and finishes copying first, it will be the first one on the thumb drive. At least, this is the only explanation I can come up with as to why the folder order on the thumb drive gets scrambled.
I start by reformatting the thumb drive, then copy the folders over one at a time, in the order I want them. I wait until each folder is done before starting the next. It seems to work about 95% of the time, sometimes there are still little hiccups with the order not being quite right.
not here to bust anyone’s balls … and, while t_bonham rings logical … logic on dos-computer does not guarantee logic within automotive aftermarkets. last year i did quite a bit of research … seemed every auto manufacturer utilized different protocol and symantecs when designing the digital systems.
anyway … one could go into the coding of each file (using hex-editor) … and label the “name” correctly within the coding … this should sort the files correctly. the issue arises:
[li]one file might name “simon&garfunkel”[/li][li]one file might name “simon+garfunkel”[/li][li]one file might name “greatesthits-simon&garfunkel”.[/li][/ul]
again, i am not talking about windows/dos file-names … am talking about the coding inside the actual file(s).
anyway … also came across some software which, purportedly, assists with sorting files alpha-numerically or whatever. i seriously doubt this would solve the issue … probably similar to me_billy’s utility named mp3DirSorter. anyway, name of that file is “drivesort_en” … research/download … at your own risk!
Sometimes the meanest answer can be the most useful.
Ignore any advice that references Windows. If you named your actual model of MP3 player, then someone here could maybe tell you the field your player uses for sorting files and provide a script to reorder them properly. If it happens to be based on the name of the file, then there are a number of BAT scripts that might help. Save the text of one of those scripts into a text file (with the extension .BAT - turn on “show file extensions” - google it if you don’t know how) and run it in the directory with your music.
A quick test to see if that’s the solution is to re-save two of your files as 001_whatever…mp3 and 002_whatever…mp3 onto your portable medium and run them. If they play first, it is based on file name.
Are your files tagged with Artist, Album, Title, Date, and Tracknumber fields? Maybe Android is reading these metadata before presenting you with the directory listing.
A firmware update on your car stereos might enable similar functionality. I upgraded the firmware on a Sansa Clip Sport, and now it’s able to load whole folders of FLAC music in the correct album order (a feature that previously only worked for MP3—still doesn’t work for Ogg Vorbis, before or after the firmware update).
I have over 200 CD folders and many of these were originally named anything other than the artist/group name!
I have renamed all folders to the artist name and that is what I want to be sorted alphabetical. Windows and Android do this just fine.
But sometimes the thumb drive sort utility does not get it sorted properly, but I can’t SEE how it would appear to on a car stereo until I stick the thumb drive into the car stereo and then look at the folders.
So I want to see the actual order of the folders when looking at the thumb drive on my Windows PC.
It appears that the following is what I need to see the order of the files…
DIR N:* /AD /P
Note Microsoft has gone and changed the DOS Shell to be “Windows Powershell” which has totally new commands and no all inclusive instruction manual which I can find anywhere.