Published by Steve Litchfield at 9:54 UTC, August 25th 2010
Q. I've got almost 1000 songs loaded on my Nokia smartphone, whose mass memory is now about 75% full. Music is played fine, but getting to a particular track is very slow when its name doesn't come near the start or end of the alphabet. Browsing by artist sometimes speeds things up, but many of my (legally) ripped CDs are 'Various Artists', so I'm stuck. What music utilities are there to help speed up finding particular songs?
A. Relax, no extra software is needed. There are two main ways to get around a long list of tracks much more quickly. Firstly, try 'fast scrolling'. Press and hold 'up' or 'down' on the d-pad to start scrolling, and then release the key and immediately hold it down again. You'll see that Music player starts scrolling in what it calls 'fast' mode, letting you get through a long list of songs much more quickly.
Secondly, although it's not shown on the screen, there's a full quick-match search system. Although T9/predictive text isn't allowed, you can simply start 'typing' the track name and, after a few characters, the right song should be shown on screen. Quick and cool.
(This original text of mine was originally published in Smartphone Essentials magazine and re-purposed here with kind permission)