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OK, I'm no fan of random playback, but here's what the manual says about it:
Each time [the random playback button] is selected, the mode changes as follows:
-- random (1 folder random)
-- folder random (all folder random)
Actually, the manual always states it as "folder/album," but since we're talking about folders, I cleaned it up a bit.
So, if you simply want the system to play back everything on your media drive randomly, presumably this will get the job done.
As for "playlists," well, for crying out loud, that's what I do with "folders."
I have folders with single albums by an artist.
I have folders with multiple albums by an artist.
I have folders with songs from multiple albums by an artist, but not all of the songs -- just my favorites. (Most "multiple albums" are like this.)
I have folders with songs from multiple artists, sorted with track numbers, and given folder names that describe the kind of music involved. (You know, like "playlists?")
I name my folders with an alphanumeric system, which goes something like this:
A00 - My "favorite" music, which I want to sort at the top of the list.
B00 - My "albums," by artists.
C00 - My "compilations" with multiple artists, with the numbers relatively sorting things in an order that works for me.
Is there anything there that "folders" can't do that "playlists" can do? Mind you, I have no problem whatsoever having multiple copies of songs in different folders, if things work that way -- so far, I'm only using about 15 gigabytes of space on a 32 gigabyte drive, and I commonly used a 64 gigabyte drive -- formatted in FAT32 -- in my old Corolla system. I presume that would work just fine in the RAV4 system. But a few repeated songs isn't going to waste enough of my drive space to worry about.
I've got about 80 folders in a single folder that resides in the root directory, so I have no worries about root directory file limitations. My only issue has been realizing that I've got to somehow force it to do a "full read" in order to put folders back into alphanumeric order, after making changes to folders and/or adding new folders. Without that "full read," the system will add the new and changed folders to the end of the previous list. But, a "full read" puts everything back in proper order. So, aside from that one little issue that I have managed to work around, I'm entirely happy with using the Entune 3 system, instead of hassling with my phone or an external MP3 player.
2019 RAV4 Limited AWD with Entune 3.0 Premium and Advanced Technology package.