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Why does my player choose to play songs in alphabetical order?

I want my mp3 player to play songs in the order in which they appear on their respective cd's. Is there a way to make the m240 do that or am I **** out of luck?

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Delete the affected songs off your Sansa, Re-edit the id3 tags with the correct track information, then reload them onto the Sansa. also, make sure it is not on "Random" mode.

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