More tales of how technology hates me.
Ok, so I went down to Best Buy today after putting together a mini-ITX computer that had arrived Thrusday (it didn't work) in search of an MP3 player. I was not expecting to find one for a decent price, but lo and behold a 30GB Nomad Zen Ultra jumped out at me with a price tag of $239.99, having just been paid Thursday, I was moe than able to afford this price. I took it home and tried out some of the sample tracks, it seemed to play well. I set it down for a few minutes and when I came back it (WTH my mouse has turned into a large block of pink pixels and it isn't going away, this isn't good) had turned itself off. I turned it back on, and tried to play the next track, nothing happened. IT had crashed the second time I turned it on. Wonderful. I reset it, and after that it seemed to work fine. I installed the software for it on my computer, and plugged it into my comp. Immediately the crappy user interface jumped out at me. I proceeded to drag and drop my MP3 collection into the Music Library window, and discovered, to my shagrin, that instead of placing the files in the same directories they had been in on my HD, it instead put them into one folder alphabetically and putting them into different playlists based on their ID3 tags. Needless to say all this did was give me several hundred playlists with one or 2 songs each, and one massive playlist with tracks scattered all over the place. For all the files I had arranged before in folders with the album name and then named the files "01 - Track one" or whatever, all of those songs were now grouped together in huge groups of trask 1s, then a huge group of track 2s, and so on. They are completely useless to me arranged in such a way, and in order to get this playlist to make any sense I would have to rename every last one of my songs, which I'm not going to do.
Ok, now that I have ranted, I plan to return this peice of crap to Best Buy tomorrow, and get another one. Can anyone recommend an MP3 player that arranges songs based on their directories, and not by their ID3 tags? And if they all do that, then can anyone give me the name of a program that will change the Id3 tags (or filenames) of my MP3s to match their directory listing?