Windows 10: How do I arrange songs on USB the order I want?

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  1.    27 Mar 2016 #1

    How do I arrange songs on USB the order I want?


    How do I arrange music on USB the order I want? They are coming alphabetically. I tried to drag and drop a song under the other but it doesn't work. I want to sort out the songs in the order I want so they get played in the order I want. Any help please? THANKS!!
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  2. hTconeM9user's Avatar
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       27 Mar 2016 #2

    WindowsLoooveer said: View Post
    How do I arrange music on USB the order I want? They are coming alphabetically. I tried to drag and drop a song under the other but it doesn't work. I want to sort out the songs in the order I want so they get played in the order I want. Any help please? THANKS!!
    How about using a number instead of A-Z
    I did it on mine ages ago and it worked
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  3.    27 Mar 2016 #3

    add a number in front of song title

    1-song a
    2-song a

    or

    song001
    song002
    song003
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  4. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       27 Mar 2016 #4

    Assuming you use FAT32 as the file system here's an old program: Anerty's Lair - DriveSort

    Allows for manual playlists to be set up by drag and drop in playlist mode, as well as other custom sorts - sets up a custom index. Works on Windows 10 64bit, so should do on everything.
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  5.    27 Mar 2016 #5

    To add to the numbering idea - I used 00_name for the lead off text introduction, then each song, in the order I want was prefixed with 01_, 02_ 03_ and so on. I think adding 001, 002 to the suffix will not do what thread starter wants.
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  6.    27 Mar 2016 #6

    WindowsLoooveer said: View Post
    How do I arrange music on USB the order I want?
    You can't.

    WindowsLoooveer said: View Post
    They are coming alphabetically. I tried to drag and drop a song under the other but it doesn't work.
    Precisely. See above.

    WindowsLoooveer said: View Post
    I want to sort out the songs in the order I want so they get played in the order I want. Any help please?
    Played by what? What are you using to play your songs? What program?

    Once you figure it out, you will figure out the answer to your question. Every self-respecting player application will provide you with a way to create a playlist, rearrange your music and play it any order you want. That's where you rearrange your music - in your player's playist, not "on USB".
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  7. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       27 Mar 2016 #7

    OP wants to arrange Music on USB in the order the OP wants, not in alphabetic name order.

    A reasonable request, especially if the USB is used on several devices, being a highly portable storage medium.

    It would make total sense to arrange it once on the USB storage device, and not to have to do it on every variety of device it may be played upon.
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  8. hTconeM9user's Avatar
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    Windows 10x64 Home Version 1803 (Build 17134) 345
       27 Mar 2016 #8

    You create a playlist in the order you want.
    01 to whatever number of tracks
    Once done then transfer it to a USB Flash Drive
    Then you can play it on anything you want if you one with a blue tooth app you can even listen to it out or even in the car
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  9.    27 Mar 2016 #9

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    OP wants to arrange Music on USB in the order the OP wants, not in alphabetic name order. A reasonable request, especially if the USB is used on several devices, being a highly portable storage medium.
    "The OP" might want to be crowned a King of Siam. A reasonable request too.

    But the reality of life is that USB is just a storage device that stores files in some file system. In general, file systems do not support the concept of "order" or "arrangement" of files. (Or at least they don't expose this concept to the user.) Some file systems (like FAT and its derivatives) technically have this capability as an "undocumented feature", since their file tables are trivially linear.

    But even this is most likely beside the point too, since even if you dig onto FAT file storage table and rearrange files there, it still does not guarantee that the music player used by the OP will actually honor that arrangement.

    And most likely, music player will not honor that FAT arrangement, because the de-facto standard convention widespread among such devices (and programs) is that by default the music files have to be played in alphabetical order. The OP incorrectly assumed that this playback order was somehow encoded on their USB drive and that in order to change that order they have to "rearrange the USB drive". Unfortunately, this is a red herring with has nothing to do with the actual problem.

    The best and/or easiest solution in this case will depend, again, on the device or software the OP is using to play the music. Without this bit of extra knowledge any discussion here is a crapshoot.

    If the OP's player plays everything alphabetically by default - then renaming the files with numerical prefixes like '001, '002' etc. will work. If the OP's player honors track number entries in MP3 tags, then the ordering can be specified through MP3 tags. And so on and so forth. However, such solutions can work well only when all music flies belong to one music album. When the files are mixed, this solution is unacceptable, to say the least.

    In the end, when you play music files from a source that does not support "ordering" (like a file system), the solution is: create a playlist, period. This is what playlists were invented for in the first place. And, I believe, there's some sort of standardization in that area.
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  10.    27 Mar 2016 #10

    I always do this by adding a three digit number in front of each song;

    001
    002
    003
    245
    246
    247
    982
    983

    You get the idea. I've been doing this for years and it always works.
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