After yesterday’s errands, I retrieved the little Rockbox-equipped Sansa music player from the car, and noticed across the display screen: “4964 of 4979.” Evidently over the preceding weeks I’d gone through the entire playlist, except for 15 songs.
Which, of course, raised a question: “What happens after the playlist runs out?” I strapped on a headset and let the machine run for the next hour. The last five:
- 4975: The Sound-Offs, “The Angry Desert”
- 4976: Johnnie Taylor, “Who’s Making Love”
- 4977: Jon and Robin and the In-Crowd, “Do It Again (A Little Bit Slower)”
- 4978: Dion, “Abraham, Martin and John”
- 4979: Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the Sun”
As that last song started, the “Next:” callout was ominously blank.
And then it reset to the top of the Main Menu, awaiting further instructions. (Pressing “Resume Playback” was met with “Nothing to resume”.) This was, I decided, the ideal time to rework the playlist. (Basically, I replaced a couple of tracks with better-quality versions.)
To restart was a simple (eventually) matter of going to Files/Playlists and clicking on whatever playlist was named. First song out of the box was “We Belong Together” by Robert and Johnny; I ordered a reshuffle starting at #2, just because.