Audio & Video Software forum

General discussion

WMP 11, Playlist burn randomized

Win XP SP2, WMP 11.
I want to create a playlist in WMP 11 consisting of approximately 900 songs and burn all the songs to 6 CD's, approximately 150 songs per CD but I want the songs completely randomized before and after burning to the CD's. Now, when I burn a playlist, the songs are placed on the CD in alphabetic sequence by file name. Any ideas how I can do this? I had the same problem in WMP 9. I want to create 6 CD's for my car CD player that will play songs in random sequence. I especially want to randomize by artist so songs by a given artist will be placed on all 6 cds randomly and never one after he other.
Thanks
HaliburtonZeke

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: WMP 11, Playlist burn randomized
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: WMP 11, Playlist burn randomized
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
I think you need to be clear here.

In reply to: WMP 11, Playlist burn randomized

Sorry for the delay.

I think you need to be clear the difference between a play list, and a list of files. A playlist is just a list of songs. You make the playlist, but as you add each track, it will be added to the list at the end. It's like writing down on paper a list of tracks. Whichever you write down next becomes the next on the list.

But a list of files is just that. The music tracks are listed by Windows. If you burn some of the tracks to CD then the ones you choose to burn will be added to the CD. Explorer will list the files stored on the hard drive or burned on the CD in alphabetical order. If you click any of the column headers in Explorer, eg date created or size, or click the Name column, then the list will display differently. With clicking the Name column the list will display in reverse alpha order.

So, only you can decide what tracks to burn to CD. The computer cannot do that for you. And if you want a completely random list then the only way you can achieve that is to write them all down on little slips of paper, shuffle them, then taking out one at a time and add that track to the list to be burned to CD. But even then the list from the CD will be displayed in a specific order.

Similarly with Playlists. If you want a random playlist, use the same slips of paper.

One option with WMP11 is that for specific playlists to goto Play > Shuffle, and then WMP will play the playlist in a random order.

I hope that helps.

Mark

Collapse -
Shuffle

In reply to: WMP 11, Playlist burn randomized

I was trying to do the same thing....easiest way I found:

When you're in your Library [where all my songs were listed alphabetically], under the Play Button click "Shuffle", and then "Play"....it created a Play List for me of all the songs in my Library that was shuffled.

Save the Playlist as whatever name you want, and then "Play" the Playlist. Then go to "Burn" and you'll see an option under "Drag Items Here to Burn" that will say "or Burn Playlist" [whatever you've named it when you saved the playlist will be displayed in that sentence ... like "or Burn Jack's Faves".]

Hope that helps.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win* a free holiday tech gift!

CNET's giving five lucky winners the gift of their choice valued up to $250!