Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on this problem.
I've just installed a UK AVH-X8500BT running firmware 08.19.
I've checked to see if there is a newer version, and currently no updates are available.
I'm going to be using either USB flash or SD cards as my main source of music, and I've discovered a weird problem with track ordering.
As an initial test, I simply copied just one album to both SD and USB flash. The album in question is Queen's Greatest Hits.
The track listing (and filenames) for this is:
Queen - 01 - Bohemian Rhapsody.mp3 Queen - 02 - Another One Bites The Dust.mp3 Queen - 03 - Killer Queen.mp3 Queen - 04 - Fat Bottomed Girls.mp3 Queen - 05 - Bicycle Race.mp3 Queen - 06 - You're My Best Friend.mp3 Queen - 07 - Don't Stop Me Now.mp3 Queen - 08 - Save Me.mp3 Queen - 09 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love.mp3 Queen - 10 - Somebody To Love.mp3 Queen - 11 - Now I'm Here.mp3 Queen - 12 - Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy.mp3 Queen - 13 - Play The Game.mp3 Queen - 14 - Flash.mp3 Queen - 15 - Seven Seas Of Rhye.mp3 Queen - 16 - We Will Rock You.mp3 Queen - 17 - We Are The Champions.mp3
When I view the album in the file view, either from USB or SD, then the ordering is as follows:
Queen - 01 - Bohemian Rhapsody.mp3
Queen - 10 - Somebody To Love.mp3
Queen - 02 - Another One Bites The Dust.mp3
Queen - 04 - Fat Bottomed Girls.mp3
Queen - 03 - Killer Queen.mp3
Queen - 13 - Play The Game.mp3
Queen - 05 - Bicycle Race.mp3
Queen - 11 - Now I'm Here.mp3
Queen - 06 - You're My Best Friend.mp3
Queen - 07 - Don't Stop Me Now.mp3
Queen - 14 - Flash.mp3
Queen - 08 - Save Me.mp3
Queen - 09 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love.mp3
Queen - 12 - Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy.mp3 Queen - 15 - Seven Seas Of Rhye.mp3
Queen - 16 - We Will Rock You.mp3
Queen - 17 - We Are The Champions.mp3
If I then switch to Tag view, then the ordering is different, but still not correct.
Another One Bites The Dust
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Don't Stop Me Now
Fat Bottomed Girls
Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
Now I'm Here
Play The Game
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Somebody To Love
We Are The Champions
We Will Rock You
You're My Best Friend
From what I can see, Tag view is simply arranging the tracks in alphabetical order.
If you select a track in the 'Tag' view, then they play back in alphabetical order.
If you select a track in the 'File' view, then they play back in whatever order the example above shows.
This behaviour is completely useless, especially if you are trying to listen to an audiobook.
As I see it, there are a two problems here:
1) File view doesn't seem to order the tracks based on any sense I can see.
2) Tag view should order the tracks based on the 'track number' in the tag itself. Otherwise, why bother even reading the tags.
I've tried rebuilding the database for the tags, but it doesn't make any difference. It's alphabetical order, or nothing.
I've also tried retagging the files, using a variety of tag versions, from v1 to v2.4. I've also verified that the track numbers are correctly tagged.
It still makes no difference.
I'm told that ordering in file view is based on the physical order that the files are stored on the media, which seems totally barmy.
I've checked all of the timestamps (creation date, last accessed, last modified etc.) and all seem to indicate that the files were created in album order, so I'm totally puzzled why they don't play that way. Surely, if they are played in physical order, that translates to the order in which they were created?
I'm going to try a program called DriveSort, which is supposed to address this problem, and I'll post back when I've had chance to try it.
For me, the bigger issue is the behaviour in 'Tag' view. I thought the whole point of creating a database was to allow iPod style functionality from USB/SD media. I'm prepared to bet any money that when you plug an iPod in, the tracks play in the correct order. This seems like a bug to me, unless anyone can point me at a way to play tracks in 'Tag' view in the correct order.
Any thoughts or help would be most appreciated.