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I made an impulse buy on and I find myself with around 250 albums of synthwave (for just $3!). Is there any good way to just... shuffle all my BandCamp music without having to download all of it?

Desktop or iOS apps are applicable for me.

Hmm, I found an answer on Reddit saying "no, it's not possible without downloading" from 3 years ago with a justification that I guess I can appreciate but still disagree with "It forces you to listen front to back old the album like the old days":
old.reddit.com/r/BandCamp/comm

I tend to listen to albums this way anyway, but in my special case, I have nearly 250 albums dumped in my account now (my fault, I acknowledge) and I just want a sampling from each of them without completely eliminating my computer's disk space... oh well. Maybe I'll just use a giant flash drive or something.

This is *exactly* the reason randombundlegame.com got built for the BLM Itchio bundle last year, though!!

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Well that overloaded my flash drive, so I guess I gotta do it straight to hard drive and move it over instead...

Also note, if you use this downloader, you need the Java Developer's Kit (JDK) version instead of the regular Java Runtime Environment (JRE)!

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Oh my god. I'm an idiot. The BandCamp app for iOS can shuffle your whole collection. It just wasn't clear to me because I'm not used to the heart icon representing my collection πŸ˜–

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@Alamantus Was someone running a deal for that price?

@x51 It was just the whole discography of business casual (music.businesscasual.biz). I noticed that it was just $1 for the whole thing when listening to a random album, probably because most of the albums are pay what you want? I'm planning on going back and upping my payment for albums I like as I get to them.

@Alamantus I thought NewRetroWave on Bandcamp was having a sale or something.

@Alamantus @ginsterbusch I saw that and elected not to jump on it for that reason. LOL.

@Alamantus about your original issue .. I dont think so. The bandcamp API only applies to the merchant / sales part, not to the regular user accounts. But there seems to be something like a Desktop Application for accessing bandcamp - maybe thats a step towards what you want?
github.com/themagiulio/bandcam

@ginsterbusch Hmm, this allows you to open a mini player with an album's songs so you can keep browsing while it plays, which is cool, but it's not what I need. It also doesn't seem to work for albums not hosted on BandCamp's domain (like this discography I bought).

Thanks for checking though! πŸ˜„

@Alamantus I don't have a solution (I download all mine), but do you think you could post a link to this $3 synthwave comp? thanks in advance

@datn It was just the whole discography of business casual (music.businesscasual.biz). I noticed that it was just $1 for the whole thing when listening to a random album, probably because most of the albums are pay what you want? I'm planning on going back and upping my payment for albums I like as I get to them.

@Alamantus Can you use youtube-dl to D/L the link at a low/small quality, maybe pipe it into a tool that gives you the first 30 seconds?

@Alamantus In specific, the `youtube-dl --exec CMD format` would let you do a lot with post-processing on a file-by-file basis.

@dmoonfire That's a great idea if I wanted another project.... But I'll just take the lazy way. I've got a 32 GB flash drive I can save to πŸ˜†

@Alamantus I already use youtube-dl to download my purchases from Bandcamp, so... it wasn't that far off from my day-to-day. But yeah, a SLED would work just as easily.

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