Not specifically about drive organization, but this seemed like the thread to post in. Hoping someone has run into this and knows a solution.
I have a '22 Leaf, and I've loaded up a USB stick with about 10 GB or so of MP3s to listen to while driving. The folder structure is set up so that it's easy for me to manage, and never goes too deep or has too many items at any one level. So the system seems to be able to read and play everything just fine, so far as I can tell.
My issue is with the "shuffle" feature.
What I'd like to do is just always have this set to "shuffle" play, and potentially randomly play any song in my library at any time. When I first tried this, it seemed to work perfectly. Turning "shuffle" on caused a seemingly random song to play, and the next song after that, and after that all seemed like random selections. The problem comes when I shut off my Leaf and then come back to it again later, such as when I park at a store and then come back. Whatever song was playing when I shut the Leaf off comes back and finishes playing, exactly as I would expect. However, the very next song after this goes back to that first randomly selected song. After that, the sequence continues, playing EXACTLY the same song selections as when it first "shuffled". Manually selecting a different song does no good - as soon as the selected song is over, the old "random" sequence starts up again.
It seems as though the Leaf has come up with a "shuffled playlist" which is never reshuffled, and whenever anything interrupts it (such as the car being turned off, or me selecting a specific song), the behavior is to start at the beginning of this pre-set "shuffled" list again.
I have tried removing the USB drive and plugging it back in. I have tried turning shuffle off and back on. I have selected a different song with shuffle off, and then turned shuffle back on after the next song change. I don't know what else to do. It seems like there is only one "shuffle" order available, and the Leaf will always use it, and will always start at the beginning of that "shuffled" list. This wouldn't even be so bad, if it remembered where it was in the "shuffled" list, so that it would continue playing new songs, but any interruption causes it to restart at the same first song on the next song change.
Is there anything I can do here, aside from just creating my own playlists? If I have no other options, that will probably be what I will do - create my own set of "pre-shuffled" playlists for it to use, so at least I can change things up once in a while.