Shuffle That Maintains Episode Order
PA currently provides a shuffle function to play episodes from the playlist in random order. It would be nice to have an option to ensure that two episodes from a single podcast are shuffled "in order"
Example - I add episodes 1 and 2 of podcast A and episodes 4 and 5 of podcast B to my playlist. When I shuffle the episodes with this option enabled, episode 1 of podcast A will always be shuffled to an earlier position than episode 2 of podcast A, and episode 4 of podcast B will always be shuffled to an earlier position than episode 5 of podcast B. Other than this requirement, the playlist is randomized.
"Episode Order" could potentially be simplified to be "Playlist Order" -- assume that episodes of each podcast represented were added to the playlist in the order they should remain after the shuffle.
Mike Blazanin commented
People who support this might be interested in the proposal for a "smart playlist" option that sorts each podcast by date but does so in such a way that old & new podcast episodes can be mixed freely without ending up with blocks of old episodes at the end of the playlist, and in such a way that the episodes of a podcast are always spread out through the playlist. This would give the feel of randomness while ensuring sorting by date and even spread of episodes from a feed.