Biggest problems with the Archos 18 vision:
- files are not sorted ( 01 - intro.flac, 02 prelude.flac)
- mp3 files have no volume in the beginning, I miss
the first 2 seconds on every mp3 track (not on flac or ogg)
These are painful enough to beg for a firmware upgrade.
My filenames are generated thro iTunes they all include a track number. The track no is not included in the id3 tag name for the track. Although I do use the track number id3 tag.
Under any given album I have no problem seeing tracks sorted into number order.
I have noted that changing a filename or track id3 tag directly on the Archos does not always change the sort order.......you need to make changes on your pc and rewrite the file(s) to the Archos.
So far as the loss of the first 2 secs, I have seen posts elsewhere that this sometimes happens to iTunes imports from cd, the suggested solution is to re import !!
So this could be a wider issue than just the Archos.
I have been trying different copying strategies to identify anomlies.
Copying 14 tracks each with a track no in the filename.
Now usually when I copy a folder I would use 'select all'...for whatever reason windows copies the 14 track first to Archos then tracks 1-13.
The windows folder is sorted in track no order, this strange behaviour does not seem to relate to file size or to the date modified or date created.
Irrespective of what I do thro Winxp to the album folder on the Archos when I disconnect the device and open the album folder on the Archos the tracks are displayed as 14 then 1-13 no suprise I guess.
So the file sort on the Archos is screwed !!
However if I click in the iTunes album folder window and highlight the last track first ie no 14 and subsequently highlight the rest in REVERSE order windows copies the files 1 - 14 and Archos displays them correctly.
[@Ariane, this reverse order approach worked for me on 130 episode podcast, so I guess it would work for audiobook chapters too]
So my simplistic explanation is that Archos does what windows has told it to do when the files are copied. To make Archos display them correctly it is not enough to make sure the source folder displays the right order you also need to check the order in which windows copies the files.
Someone with more knowledge than me may be able explain why windows behaves this way.
EDIT - a proper solution
Google has the answer !!http://thedailyreviewer.com/xphelp/view ... 1011270043
My 'reverse order' works 'cause the file I right click on to copy is track 1....the last one highlighted and thats where windows starts its copying !!
In other words you can copy as normal PROVIDED your source folder is correctly sorted AND you right click on the file you want the copy to start with.
Ive tested this, I highlighted 8 tracks (the max for an Archos screen) right clicked on track 4.
Windows copies 4 to 8 then 1 to 3, and that is exactly the order the Archos displays.