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Windows 7: Changing MP3 sort order on a USB stick ?

19 May 2019   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I copied 10 songs to a USB stick & used “Date Accessed” in Windows Explorer and it did show the songs in the order they were copied to the drive.

I then copied the USB song folder to a folder on the PC, and then copied just the files to another PC folder. Then copied that PC folder to a different USB drive. The good news is all the songs stayed in order.

But there’s something strange about how Date Accessed worked.
Both USB drives sorted the songs in order, but clicking on the up/down arrows does not flip-flop the order. It remains the same. And everything is time stamped 12:00am even though nothing was copied or done at that time.

Looking at the PC’s folders using Date Accessed did indicate the time the songs were copied to the folders. Clicking on the up/down arrows does not flip-flop the order but does change it to something that appears random. So it’s either the correct order or toggled to something that doesn’t make sense.

Also I read that the “Date Accessed” time does not change when you access a file. It is disabled by default. You have to go into the Registry to enable it.

The sort order when playing songs in the car is not that important. It doesn’t affect that many songs just the compilation that I put together. But I thought it would be nice if both cars and the PC all matched. The songs ripped from albums are in order.

I’ve never written a batch file so I’m not sure how to go about that.

I might just keep a master copy of the compilation on the PC that is in order. If I want to add a song in the middle, temporarily delete the last half of the songs, then copy the new song, and then re-copy the last half back on. That should keep things in order. Just a thought.

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20 May 2019   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

If you use a playlist, the order in which the files are copied does not matter. Your car's (or cars') file handling capabilities are probably much less than what you can do with Windows Explorer, so you're limited in what you can do.

For what it's worth, I have my car's system play the files randomly. It's a RAV4 and it's music system leaves a lot to be desired.

As I see it, there are a few ways to get the files to play in a particular order:
* copy them to the flash drive in the desired order
* create a playlist
* have each file's name begin with the numbering sequence

While each of these has various pluses and minuses, I think the playlist one is easiest to do and much easier to maintain.

If you'd like help in creating a batch file, which you don't really need to do if you use a playlist, send me a PM and I'll try to help.
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