1.    28 Jul 2016 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 41
    Windows 10

    Randomising order of auto playlist (WMP12)

    There's two ways of randomising a playlist, you can turn shuffle on, or you can randomise the order of the playlist itself, then play it in sequence.

    I can't work out how to randomise the order of my playlist in WMP12. I know that there's a "Randomize Playback Order" as one of the criteria you can add to an auto playlist, but it doesn't seem to make any difference. I suspect the structure of my auto playlist is the cause. Simplified, it does this:

    Music in my library
    My rating is 5 stars
    And also include
    Music in my library
    My rating is at least 4 stars
    And also include
    Music in my library
    My rating is at least 3 stars
    And also include
    Music in my library
    Music is at least 2 stars

    The effect of this is that my 5star tracks are included four times, my 4star tracks are included three times, and so on.
    What I end up with is bizarre. I get a bunch of 5star tracks, followed by a bunch of 4star tracks, followed by a bunch of more-or-less randomised 5/4/3star tracks followed by a bunch of randomised 5/4/3/2star tracks.

    I seem to recall that Windows Media Player had an undocumented way of shuffling a playlist again, manually, but either that's gone, or I can't find it (the smart money's on me not being able to find it).

    Any ideas?

    Incidentally, I tried Party Shuffle, using it to play my "Weighted" playlist. However, faced with a playlist containing duplicate tracks (my 5star tracks occur 4 times each) it eliminates the duplicates, and this removes the weighting.
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  2.    20 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7

    WMP's auto playlist randomizing isn't really bizarre if you realize that each Randomize Playback Order filter only affects the single Music in my library section that the filter is located in. So each section is randomized individually, but there's no 'mixing' of the sections.

    To shuffle the currently playing playlist, click the 'checkmark' icon in the top-right corner of the Play tab, and select Shuffle list. Is that the undocumented way that you're referring to?

    Just out of curiosity, why isn't it an option to just turn shuffle mode on?
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