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7  Playback Settings

The Playback Settings menu allows you to configure settings related to audio playback.

7.1 Shuffle
7.2 Repeat
7.3 Play Selected First
7.4 Fast-Forward/Rewind
7.5 Anti-Skip Buffer
7.6 Fade on Stop/Pause
7.7 Party Mode
7.8 Auto-Change Directory
7.9 Constrain Auto-Change
7.10 Last.fm Log
7.11 Cuesheet Support
7.12 Skip Length
7.13 Prevent Track Skipping
7.14 Rewind on Pause

7.1  Shuffle

Turning shuffle on will cause Rockbox to randomly re-order the playlist. Thus, to shuffle all of the audio files on the player, you first need to create a playlist containing all of them. For more information on creating playlists refer to section 4.4.
Options: Yes/No.

7.2  Repeat

Configures settings related to repeating of directories or playlists.
Options: Off / All / One / Shuffle / A-B:

The current playlist will not repeat when it is finished.

Note: If you have the Auto-Change Directory option set to Yes, Rockbox will move on to the next directory on your hard drive. If the Auto-Change Directory option is set to No, playback will stop when the current directory or playlist is finished.

The current playlist will repeat when it is finished.
Repeat one track over and over.
When the current playlist has finished playing, it will be shuffled and then repeated.
Repeats between two user defined points within a track, typically used by musicians when attempting to learn a piece of music. This option is more complicated to use than the others as the player must first be placed into A-B repeat mode and then the start and end points defined.

To set the Start Point (A) press On. The following press of On will set the End Point (B), and a third successive On will reset the markers.

7.3  Play Selected First

This setting controls what happens when you select a file for playback while shuffle mode is on. If the Play Selected First setting is Yes, the file you selected will be played first. If this setting is No, a random file in the directory will be played first.

7.4  Fast-Forward/Rewind

These settings control the speed and acceleration during fast forward and rewind. The setting FF/RW Min Step controls the initial speed and FF/RW Accel controls the acceleration.

7.5  Anti-Skip Buffer

This setting controls how early Rockbox starts refilling the music buffer from the hard drive when playing. A longer Anti-Skip Buffer helps prevent skips in music playback if Rockbox has trouble reading from the disk. This can happen if the player is knocked, shaken or jogged heavily while Rockbox is trying to read the hard drive.

The anti-skip buffer can be set to a value between 0 and 7 seconds.

Note: Having a large anti-skip buffer tends to use more power, and may reduce your battery life. It is recommended to always use the lowest possible setting that allows correct and continuous playback.

7.6  Fade on Stop/Pause

Enables and disables a fade effect when you pause or stop playing a song. If the Fade on Stop/Pause option is set to Yes, your music will fade out when you stop or pause playback, and fade in when you resume playback.

7.7  Party Mode

Enables unstoppable music playback. When new songs are selected, they are queued at the end of the current dynamic playlist instead of being played immediately. Pausing and stopping playback is disabled as well as skipping songs and launching plugins.

7.8  Auto-Change Directory

Control what Rockbox does when it reaches the end of a directory. If Auto-Change Directory is set to Yes, Rockbox will continue to the next directory. If Auto-Change Directory is set to No, playback will stop at the end of the current playlist. Using the Random feature requires you to first generate a folder list via the Random Folder Advance Configuration plugin (see section 10.4.11).

Note: You must have the Repeat option set to No for Auto-Change Directory to function properly.

Note: This feature only works when songs have been played from the file browser. Using it with the database may cause unexpected behaviour.

7.9  Constrain Auto-Change

If enabled and you have set Start File Browser Here to a directory other than root, Auto-Change Directory will be constrained to the directory you have chosen and those below it. See section 4.1.2.

7.10  Last.fm Log

Enables logging of your played tracks for submission to http://www.last.fm. This service was formerly known as Audioscrobbler. When you enable this option, you’ll have to reboot to start the logging. The log-file is called .scrobbler-timeless.log,and is to be found in the root directory of your player.

Note: See LastFMLog for a further description, and for tools you can use to submit your Last.fm log.

7.11  Cuesheet Support

Enables reading of cuesheet files for played tracks. If a cuesheet is found for a track, track markers are displayed on the progressbar and it is possible to skip between the tracks within the cuesheet. Also the information found in the cuesheet file will replace the information from the ID3 tags. When you enable this option, you’ll have to reboot for it to come into effect.

Cuesheet files should have the same file name as the audio file they reference, except with the extension .cue. This file can either reside in the same directory as the audio file (checked first), or within the .rockbox/cue directory.

The contents of a cuesheet file can also be embedded within the metadata of an audio file. There is currently support for the FLAC tag/ Vorbis comment CUESHEET or the ID3v2 TXXX CUESHEET tag.

7.12  Skip Length

Designed to speed up navigation when listening to long audio tracks, Skip Length changes the behaviour of the Minus and Plus buttons so that they skip by a given time instead of skipping to a new track. The Skip to Outro option changes the behaviour so that the buttons skip to just before the end of the track, so that the last few seconds are played before the next track.

7.13  Prevent Track Skipping

If this option is enabled, the ability to manually skip tracks is disabled in order to avoid accidental track skips. It does not prevent changing tracks if a track ends, which can be achieved by combining this option with Repeat set to One

7.14  Rewind on Pause

This option rewinds the current track by a small amount whenever it is paused (not stopped). The amount to rewind can be set between 0 and 15 seconds.