foo_random_pools ~ Random Autoplaylists


Another type of Foobar2000’s playlists are randomly generated autoplaylists where songs, or groups of songs, are selected randomly from a pool of the same. By predefining a subset of a media library, “pools” of refined selections can be created and then drawn from.

foo_random_pools is a foobar2000 component for creating random playlist entries selected and grouped by various pool definitions.

www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_random_pools

Let’s say you want a playlist of random blues albums from your library.

  • First you’ll need to install the foo_random_pools component.
  • After you’ve installed foo_random_pools, you’ll need to set up a pool in the File > Preferences > Tools > Random pools sub-menu.File - Preferences - Tools - Random pools
  • You’ll need to select the “Add …” button which brings up the Random pool criteria form.Preferences - Random Pools - Random Pool - blankFor example to make a pool of blues albums use the following criteria:
    Name: Album – All Blues
    Group: %album artist% – %date% – %album%
    Determine probability for picking groups …: Unchecked
    Number of groups to add: 1
    Filter: (NOT %album artist% IS “Various Artists”) AND (%genre% HAS Blues)
    Filter with the content of the target playlist: Unchecked
    Number of tracks to add: 0
    Number of minutes to add: 0
    Number of MBs to add: 0
    Limit after sorting: Unchecked
    Sort: %path%
    Sort / limit each group: Checked
    Priority: 10Preferences - Random Pools - Edit
  • Now you have to link pools to a playlist by specifying a name in the Autoadd section’s Playlist patterns field of the Random pools preferences menu.File - Preferences - Tools - Random pools - Autoadd - Random Blues Album
  • Create a new playlist, File>New Playlist Ctrl+N, and name it “Random Blues Album” and then select and display it.
  • To add a random blues album to the playlist, select File > Random pools > Album – All Blues. Each time it’s selected, another random blues album will be added to the playlist.

File Order Randomizer ~ For Cheap Music Players


If, like me, you have a car radio or a clock radio which cannot play tracks in random order from your usb stick itself, this application might be useful for you.

It generates random numbers and puts them in front of every file in a specified folder. So all you’ve got to do when you want a new play order for your music tracks is run this application.

FOR

sourceforge.net/projects/filerandomizer
github.com/depuits/RandomFileOrder – Updated Fork