Originally Posted by Couchrack
Need some help with my USB with mp3s. I have 67 folders by artist. When I go to the list screen the first artist starts with M then goes alphabetical from there until after Z is goes to A through L. So M-Z then A-L.
Any ideas how to get it to go from A-Z from top to bottom?
I had this same problem and figured it out last night. This is what is happening, the “LIST” screen on your Kenwood lists files in the order they were copied to your thumb drive. I know it sounds crazy. I name my files beginning with the artist then the title. Example. “Van Halen – Little Guitars.mp3” I did a test last night. I copied that Van Halen song first in a freshly formatted thumb drive and then I copied over (1 at a time) some AC/DC and Beetles. When I put the thumb drive in my Kenwood it listed the songs Van Halen first, in the order I copied it to the thumb drive. Resorting the thumb drive on my PC to alphabetical order had no effect.
So now all I have to do is sort the directory on my PC where I keep my mp3’s alphabetically and copy it to my thumb drive and I’m golden right? WRONG. Read this carefully. I selected the very first song on my PC and then scrolled all the way down to the bottom of the folder (350 mp3’s), held the shift key down and selected the last song. So now I have a stack of 350 songs selected. I grab anywhere on the stack and drag it to the thumb drive. This is where the problem occurs. Since I’m at the bottom of the stack I naturally grab near the end of the stack, well Windows knows which song in the stack I clicked on (you guessed it; the Van Halen song) it copied the Van Halen song first and continued alphabetically to the end, then started copying from ACDC to the end of the rest.
This is what you need to do. Sort the PC folder alphabetically, select the first song, scroll down to the bottom of the folder, hold shift down and select the last song. Scroll up to the top of the folder, grab the first song when dragging the entire stack onto the thumb drive and it will list them alphabetically.
You can apply this similary to your folders, where I just used files.
I put all my files in the root directory because the random function only randomizes files in the current folder, so if I’m in the rolling stones directory it will only randomly play stones songs. Fortunately I have all my mp3 files named with artist – title and can dump them into a single folder. Kenwood (I spoke to them last night) recommends 255 songs max per folder and recommends multiple folders. I ignored their advice and use a single folder holding 350 mp3’s. Time will till how many I can put in a single folder
Hope this helps