I have a question for the members of the Beta Test Team regarding a difference between playing audio files from a NAS and from a USB hard drive plugged into the BDP-103.
All of my audio files have been ripped to the NAS using dBpoweramp. I have also copied all these files to an external USB hard drive. So the NAS and USB drives are duplicates of each other. The directory structure is that there is a main directory named "Flac Files", under this there are subdirectories for each genre (e.g. jazz, rock, pop etc.). Under the "genre" directories there are subdirectories for each artist, and, finally, under the artist directories there are subdirectories by album.
If I am playing music from the USB drive, the BDP-103 gives me an option called "Songs" which enables me to view all of the songs contained on the USB drive as a list. This disregards the directory structure. What this does is permit me to play all of the songs on the USB drive in alphabetical order or, by pressing the "Blue" button on the controller, in Shuffle mode or Random mode. This is desirable if I just want to play background music over an extended time period.
However, if I am playing audio files over the Network from the NAS, I do not have a "Songs" option and am restricted to playing the files solely within one Album, not across all audio files on the NAS. In fact, if I am playing a specific album from the NAS and press the Blue button, it won't shuffle or randomize songs even within the album, but rather takes me back to the top directory structure on the NAS.
Is this a limitation of Network playback on the BDP-103 or is there a way to enable playback across all audio files on the NAS while retaining my current directory structure?