Friday, November 13, 2009

Randomize Files

So yesterday I was trying to figure out how to randomize a large group of .mp3 files to put on a thumb drive to listen to in my car.

I figured out a bit of a way.

First, add all the songs you want to be able to listen to into the Winamp queue. Go to "Sort" and then pick "Randomize List". Do it again for good measure.

Then you can use one of Winamp's built-in plugins: Disk Writer. It's right there under Options > Preferences > Output. Click the configure button and choose to save them as "CD Quality".

This will, unfortunately, write them as .wav files so you need to add another step. But that comes later.

Press Play on Winamp and wait until it's finished. With Disk Writer, you won't hear anything and songs play at about 10x the regular speed - so if you have an hours worth of music, it's not going to take an hour to write out the wav files, just a few minutes.

For turning them back into mp3s, my solution was this perfectly free download called WAV to MP3 Encoder 2.5. It does just that, and only that...so no learning curve, no enhanced HUG or GUI here. Drag some wavs, out come some mp3s at whichever bitrate you desire.

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