random sorting


#1

If I have a long playlist, a lot of tracks, and I want to sort it randomly because I do not want the same singer or the same song (sung by different artist) near together how can I do? Now I give manually the number to the tracks but I ask: is there a faster solution? A "random sorting" ? A way to give randomly a number to the tracks? Thanks to everybody!!!


Sorting by filetype
#2

Just click on the column header of the first column (the one with the file icons) to sort your files randomly. Then use the auto-numbering wizard via [Ctrl+K] to assign track numbers.

Kind regards
Florian


#3

Thank you very much for the answer but I just tried to do this way but naturally it does not work if I have more than one song with the same name (with different singer). If I sort my list by singer (artist) it can work if I have only one song per artist but not if I have more songs per artist because I will have all the songs of that artist together while I'd wish a whole mixed list.
I better explain I can Have 3 tracks of America 4 tracks of Pink Floyd 2 tracks of Phil Collins etc. but one track sung by P.Collins can be sung by America etc. If I sort by title or filename all the same songs (same name) are together so if I sort by Artist all the songs (of this artist) are together. I should like a whole miscellaneous. (sorry for my english but I hope I'm explaining the right way the problem)

Thanks a lot
Giarrow


#4

Thank you very much for the answer but I just tried to do this way but naturally it does not work if I have more than one song with the same name (with different singer). If I sort my list by singer (artist) it can work if I have only one song per artist but not if I have more songs per artist because I will have all the songs of that artist together while I'd wish a whole mixed list.
I better explain; I could have 3 tracks of America 4 tracks of Pink Floyd 2 tracks of Phil Collins etc. but one track sung by P.Collins can be sung by America etc. If I sort by title or filename all the same songs (same name) are together so if I sort by Artist all the songs (of this artist) are together. I should like a whole miscellaneous. (sorry for my english but I hope I'm explaining the right way the problem)

Thanks a lot
Giarrow


#5

On the purely semantical side I always thought that "sorting" is the opposite of "random" but I see, what you mean. Here my suggestion:

You could use an action of the type "Format field" for the field track that writes a random number, generated by the function $rand(), into track.
Then sort by the field track and use the numbering assistant.


#6

Did you really click on the first column header?



#7

If you want to create a randomly arranged list view, then you should do what Florian told you.

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#8

Thank You, thank you and thank you again!!! I really didn't note that there is an other column header: I've always thought that the first on my screen was the "filename" column. i beg your pardon. Thanks.


#9

Thank you Florian I beg your pardon because I've never noted the "very" first column. Thanks a lot to you and to all of those that answered me.
Giarrow


generate random playlist based on metadata
#10

So that's what this very first column is for...


#11

What I often do is sort randomly, use the autonumbering wizard, then manually renumber to separate when songs from the same artist have randomly ended up too close to each other.
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