Thanks Pad - that make sense. May look into that route if I'm bored sometime - my iPod set up is adequate, but I find that when I listen on shuffle/random, the same tracks sometimes get stuck in a loop. Not sure if that's the iPod or the RT or a combo of both.
In terms of quality, it's OK, I think a bit better than my old RT. When I want quality, I go the Sena/earbuds route, but for quick jaunts around town, the built-in system works fine in a pinch.
Ahhhhh . . . that random issue is definitely iPod related! I usually listen to my music by album selection, and the songs in order that they are played in the album. This came about, for me, from the old days (very old) when I listen to my music, at home, from reel-to-reel tapes. I would buy my records, and the first thing that I do is record the record onto my tape, and then stash my record for archiving. I can usually fit 6 records onto my 7" reel-to-reel tape at 3-3/4 ips record speed, and that's what I used to listen to. I went high-tech in the mid-90s period when I started playing with CD recorders and MP3 files.
Anyway, here are the options that you will get with using Mp3 files and the USB input:
- song titles.
- the folder directory, however you have it in your thumbdrive
- any playlist that you have on your thumbdrive in m3u format (same as Apple playlist)
Any of the above is accessible with the Wunderwheel, and when selected, will always have "All
", as the first option.
Lately, I have been selecting Genres, then the one that I want to hear, then All, and play the songs in random, using the radio's random setting (hold the MODE button for a second or so, until RND appears on the display). I do get true random this way, and get one song played from different artists and albums. It might be related to the number of songs that I have loaded. Several hundreds in each genre, and somewhere around 6,000 - 7,000 songs in total.