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Sandisk Sansa m240 -- how to play album in track order?

by cnparker / March 28, 2006 6:35 AM PST

I recently got the sandisk sansa m240 and all the albums play in alphabetical order. I'm bringing up the albums like it says on the sandisk website -- "artist, name of artist, name of album, play all". But it won't play in track order like it's supposed to. I checked and they're all tagged right.

Am I missing something or doing something wrong? Thank you for you help.


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Append track numbers to the beginning of the track names
by Jasmineflower / March 28, 2006 6:57 AM PST

Unfortunately, with certain players, songs automatically play in alphabetical order. The easiest (though slightly tedious) way to fix this is to append each track name with a track number. So, if it is "Love is a Battlefield" and it's number 6, change the name to
"06_Love is a Battlefield". In the future, if you're ripping CDs to get your music, most media players let you specify how you'd like your tracks saved, and that can be with the track numbers appended to the filenames.

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no, much simplier solution
by Chip_Leader / March 28, 2006 7:39 PM PST

I own the M250. When you scroll to Play Music, Album, then when you "get there" instead of hitting Play all, simply scroll down one to the name of the album, then hit the middle selector button

Play All will play in alphabetical order
Selecting the Album name (or if you go artist, then album) will play in track order

works for me every time

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Still can't get it to work
by cnparker / March 28, 2006 10:46 PM PST

Chip_Leader, what am I doing wrong?! OK, I hit the middle button for "Play Music", then select "Album", scroll down to my album and hit the middle button to select. That doesn't start it playing. It brings up "Play all" as the first line with the songs listed alphabetically afterwards.

I think I am selecting the album name as you wrote, but something isn't right. Geez, I feel stupid!

Thanks so much - Debbie

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crazy question
by Chip_Leader / March 29, 2006 3:34 AM PST

Under Settings, do you have Shuffle Marked as YES (or ON)

If so, One wierd Suffle thing the Sandisk does do is START the first song alphabetically. No idea why.

If shuffle is on, take it off Shuffle and then try again.

I do not have the player w/ me now. I will go home tonight and step through it and send a new post. but for now check out the shuffle thing

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Shuffle is off
by cnparker / March 29, 2006 12:17 PM PST
In reply to: crazy question

Yep, shuffle is marked off.

I actually deleted everything and then reloaded about 4 albums today. And when I went to album again, it was in alphabetical order.

But then it was wierd because I was just messing around and went to artist, pressed "Play all" before going to the album and it was actually in track order and went straight to the 2nd album for that artist and that was in track order also. But this was the only time it did this.

And I swear the first time I loaded it, I was able to access the albums in track order for a couple times. But not since then.

Did I get a lemon?! Or am I crazy?



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Good tip!
by Jasmineflower / March 29, 2006 8:58 AM PST

I'd never have figured that out. Happy

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I figured it out.
by nurbenji / November 24, 2006 6:34 AM PST
In reply to: Good tip!

I realized that the wma tracks I was transferring through Yahoo Music engine were not passing on the track number in the ID3 tag, however, my mp3s transferred through Windows Media Player were. I was able to play the mp3 albums in track order but my wma tracks were alphabetical.
I used Windows Media Player to transfer my wma tracks and Sansa recognized the id3 tag and all is well again. It must be a Sandisk issue because my Creative Labs Zen Vision:M does not have this problem. Oh well, at least there is a workaround. Good luck.

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