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ipod album playlist order file

How can you play an entire album, in order, on the Ipod?

I've added a playlist (.m3u) which adds the album to iTunes, from there, I've transferred it to the Ipod but cant get the album to play in order.

Do I have to transfer the album to the Ipod in the order I want it to play?

Would the best solution to have a playlist per album?
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pauldvincent
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
There should be no need to create a playlist for each album

On the iPod if you browse the Music Section and then Artist it will list Albums .. inside each album folder the songs should be listed by track order ... however if the music you added was missing its ID3 information then it may not know what the track order is.
If you go to iTunes and check the information on each track and if necessary add the track number in the relvant field. When you sync up the iPod it should then know the track order.

m3u playlist files are not used by iTunes, its playlists are in a different format so they have no effect.
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MereteCommented:
pauldvincent I think this will assist you play them in some kind of order

iPod 101: Play That Funky Music
In this lesson, we show you how to use the controls on your iPod to play and navigate through your audio files. And if you have an iPod with a display, learn how to create a playlist directly on your iPod.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304709
 
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> I've transferred it to the Ipod but cant get the album to play in order.
You iPod needs information to know what the order of an album is.
It should be able to detect which songs belong to one album.
That information is in the "Album" and "Track Number" fields of the ID3 tag information.
As eoinosullivan said, that is probably missing in your case.

>> Would the best solution to have a playlist per album?
Certainly not.
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MereteCommented:
Hi i've seen this question asked before,  the above suggestions really are the only way,
you will have to create play lists look here for guide on the different types and managing them
Create and Configure a Playlist
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.asp?p=687479&seqNum=3&rl=1
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jhoekmanCommented:
My vote is for eoinosullivan.  His answer is not only the first one posted, but it is sufficient to solve the problem.
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