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Music shuffle, folders and Recently played

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by selsrog, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. selsrog

    selsrog Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    Ok, so we all are aware that USB music has it’s rarities.

    Among other things, *no shuffle*. Dreadful in this day and age, isn’t it? (btw, what’s keeping version 6.0?).
    Metadata is supported when browsing by Artist, Album and Genre, but NOT when using the Folders functionality.

    When playing via Folders, the Now Playing UI only shows you the song name. Nothing else, and no album art.
    Great for music quizes, but one needs Shazam to actually verify if one is correct (alternative is a lot of browsing throughout the Artist/Album lists).

    Then the other day I ran into a “workaround”. Not sure if this was already mentioned here before (could not find it anyway), but the Recently Played screen shows the Album Art, Artist and Song just played.

    For me this is a welcome alternative when using folders to play music.
    Not sure when the list is actually updated, often it is halfway the played song, at other times it is between the 30 seconds en 3 minutes marker.
    But anyway, good enough for me!

    So, why do I use Folders? To “shuffle” my music.
    How? The music files in Folders are sorted by file name. If you can play with the file name, you can play with the play order…
    Using a file rename utility which support “renaming” files in a folder based on the metadata if it is a music file.

    So I can rename for instance based on the track number, and then my “shuffle” at that moment is all first tracks of the different albums in the directory, then the second, …

    I could also rename based on only the track name, album name, year, total number of album tracks, bit rate, sample rate or even BMP…

    The pro version of this utility also support “logical conditions”, have not played with it, but I suppose you even have more possibilities in generating file names.

    I know, it is a workaround but it fills my needs.

    The “Recently Played” remains great for music quizes on the road ;-) Your guessing time runs as long as the UI refresh…


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  2. iadbound

    iadbound Member

    Apr 24, 2014
    No. VA
    Interesting. I'm getting ready to rip my CD collection to FLAC. Any tips from the Board on the best organizational scheme to use when ripping?
  3. tliving

    tliving Member

    Mar 8, 2014
    New England, USA
    Honestly trying to play music via USB in any order is a lot of work and not worth the effort. Better off using shuffle on your phone and playing via bluetooth until they eventually fix it. Mind boggling how they haven't added a shuffle option in 18 months.

    Playing music from USB in the Model S | Tesla Living
  4. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    I always use the USB. I tried BT, but it wasn't worth the hassle of futzing with the connection each time you get in the car. Also USB is lossless (audio is always GIGO). I've found that just playing the songs in order using the "favorites" selection is random enough, even though I'd real like a random setting and a star rating system so that some songs would be played more than others.
  5. nrcooled

    nrcooled P#8946 VIN 03225

    May 22, 2012
    I just want to add that that lack of playlist support kills me too. I want...correction: need to have shuffle and playlist support.

    The lack of playlist support, for me, renders the USB unusable since I have such a large collection of music that I would like to have a way to organize in the car. A playlist implementation is simple and I really hope it comes with 6.0.

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