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    Random Tracks Playlist - Are played tracks counted? - Feature request

    I made a playlist for random tracks per title of a certain genre and saved it as a playlist.

    Will the titles that have been played with that list be saved/counted so they will not re-occur before the whole genre "played through"?

    If not, I would like to suggest this as a feature.

    Also, I put this playlist of random tracks on a physical preset button of my Boom. This was only possible through the physical device, by putting the playlist under favorites on the server via WebGUI and then finding it on the physical device under favorites and long-pressing the button. I would suggest putting an option on the GUI, also.

    Thanks again for this awesome software/hardware-combination! Using it for years now and loving it more every year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvrulez View Post
    I made a playlist for random tracks per title of a certain genre and saved it as a playlist.

    Will the titles that have been played with that list be saved/counted so they will not re-occur before the whole genre "played through"?

    If not, I would like to suggest this as a feature.

    Also, I put this playlist of random tracks on a physical preset button of my Boom. This was only possible through the physical device, by putting the playlist under favorites on the server via WebGUI and then finding it on the physical device under favorites and long-pressing the button. I would suggest putting an option on the GUI, also.

    Thanks again for this awesome software/hardware-combination! Using it for years now and loving it more every year!
    You can assign favourites to a preset button using the "Presets Editor" plugin.

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    Random Tracks Playlist - Areplayed tracks counted? - Feature request

    > I made a playlist for random tracks per title of a certain genre and
    > saved it as a playlist.
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    > Will the titles that have been played with that list be saved/counted so
    > they will not re-occur before the whole genre "played through"?


    I'm not sure I fully understand the question. But if you're playing a
    playlist, then LMS would simply play all tracks in the list from top to
    bottom. If you enable shuffle, then it will do the same after shuffling
    the order. Therefore not track should be played twice, unless it's twice
    on the list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    > I made a playlist for random tracks per title of a certain genre and
    > saved it as a playlist.
    >
    > Will the titles that have been played with that list be saved/counted so
    > they will not re-occur before the whole genre "played through"?


    I'm not sure I fully understand the question. But if you're playing a
    playlist, then LMS would simply play all tracks in the list from top to
    bottom. If you enable shuffle, then it will do the same after shuffling
    the order. Therefore not track should be played twice, unless it's twice
    on the list.
    My understanding is OP means a Favourite consisting of random playing a genre (as pic below), not a playlist as such.

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    Random Tracks Playlist - Areplayed tracks counted? - Feature request

    > My understanding is OP means a *Favourite* consisting of random playing
    > a genre (as pic below), not a playlist as such.


    Ok, then the response will be different: whenever you start a random
    mix, a list of track IDs is created, and while the mix is running you
    shouldn't get any repeats (again - unless you do actually have dupes).

    BUT that list doesn't survive if you restart the mix, or play something
    different in between. Thus you can get repeats on repeated calls.

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    Thanks for the comprehensive responses!

    I am indeed referring to multiple starts of "random" and it would be a good thing if a counter in the background puts a value to a song in terms of amounts played.

    But just in this special context, not an overall counter. The context should be defined by the settings of the random menu. In my case I have just one option set for one certain genre. (I DJ as a hobby and I want to make sure I listen to all of the tracks in my repertoire.)

    A simpler option would be to use a global counter: The random playlist will arrange only the least played tracks in general. This would be a good intermediate solution. There should be an option to set all tracks to 0, for having a clean start.

    Another option could be to create a huge playlist. As I understand a click/press will start a playlist of 20 songs. If a larger playlist of all possible songs would be created it could be saved and then restored upon the next start (of the same context). Maybe it would also be possible to save a huge list but only load 20 songs out of it, save the last song when "power off" is pressed and then load 20 songs from that starting point at the next start.

    Just some thoughts.

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    Random Tracks Playlist - Areplayed tracks counted? - Feature request

    > A simpler option would be to use a global counter: The random playlist
    > will arrange only the least played tracks in general. This would be a
    > good intermediate solution. There should be an option to set all tracks
    > to 0, for having a clean start.


    As I said every track would only be played once, as long as you don't
    restart a random mix. The problem is we can't have counters for every
    possible mix configuration. Your use case is specific, in that you're
    always listening to the same mix, but seem to be starting it over and
    over again.


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    Okay, so based on this I now assume that when I power off the Squeezebox and start it again this means the mix is not restarted but it is the same mix running. This is good.

    But I might listen to other channels in between, e.g. a web radio.

    When I come back to the random mix by pressing the physical button it then will be started again.

    I thank you very much for replying. Have a nice week!

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    You could set up a Group player (called something like Indie Mix) and queue the mix to that ... then join your regular player to it.

    Then when you Resume the group player you should find that you are where you were last time.
    When you want to listen to something else you simply pause the group player and play something on the real player (you might have to experiment with the expiry time on the group).
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