I think it shuffles the current folder you are inside (if you are using folder view). In which case you will need 7000 songs inside one folder or more, whatever you want.
However I'm not 100% sure about this. I'm sure more knowledgeable pandas and Joes will show up and let you know in a few hours.
Ah, right - so what you're saying is that, providing there are no more than 7000 files in each folder (assuming a basic structure of music folder>artist folder>album folder>song), then the file limit, even on shuffle, wouldn't come into play and every single individual song would, in theory, play on shuffle at some point?
Have I understood you correctly?
Cos, if so, thanks, and that makes the X5 my main contender again.
Look forward to confirmation!
My current theory is that it would shuffle an unlmiited number of songs as long as it was all in one folder.
I can try this with the X3, but I'm too lazy right now, and not sure if I can even fit 7000 songs onto a 64gb card...
The only question I ask myself is why would anybody need to shuffle this many songs? I rarely use shuffle, because I find specific songs or albums I want to listen to and play them, weird but true.