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      07-17-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Shuffle Songs on a Flash Drive?

Hey all,

Was wondering if its possible to turn on a "Shuffle" option for Music on a USB Flash Drive. I have a 16GB Flash drive with nothing but music on there and would like it to go into Shuffle mode (like my Ipod used to before it decided it was not going to remember the Shuffle setting anymore.)

I have an '09 328i with the new iDrive if that makes a difference.
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      07-18-2009, 01:34 PM   #2
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I use a flash drive to hold my music as well. For me, I have an 08' idrive and i just press the idrive dial on a song, which brings up a context menu, then i'd select random which is the same as shuffle.

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Interesting, I don't believe I saw this screen. Do you press the iDrive button when you are looking at the list of songs on your drive or where it says now playing?

I will give this a shot tomorrow.
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I don't have idrive. I cant choose shuffle from the radio screen, but if my Iphone was in shuffle mode before I plugged it in to the car, the car picks up the shuffle mode.
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      07-20-2009, 03:54 PM   #5
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My ipod does the same thing. It will only shuffle if I have it on shuffle mode before i plug it in. Unfortunately, every time i shut off the car it losed the shuffle setting.

I can not find the Random option for the ipod or usb drive anywhere in the iDrive menu...
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      07-20-2009, 11:21 PM   #6
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My ipod does the same thing. It will only shuffle if I have it on shuffle mode before i plug it in. Unfortunately, every time i shut off the car it losed the shuffle setting.

I can not find the Random option for the ipod or usb drive anywhere in the iDrive menu...
hmm..thats odd. For me (08 idrive), i select a song to play and once its playing, i highlight/select that song and press down on the idrive knob/button/dial/whatever-you-want-to-call-it and up pops a context menu of which has an item called "Random".

Not sure if its available in the new idrive thoe

here's what that menu looks like:
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Wow. That looks totally different. I will look around again tomorrow and even take some screenshots. Maybe we can help someone along the way that has the same problem.
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      07-23-2009, 10:11 PM   #8
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Thanks jnizzle for the help. You led me in the right direction.

For the '09 model with the latest iDrive you need to physically press the OPTIONS button next to the iDrive controller when a song is hilited in order to receive this menu. Hope that solves some other peoples confusion with the random function.
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ok and if you dont have idrive option... can you it shuffle songs within each respective folders on usb stick?
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