How can I retrieve a random value from Firebase database?

I have a firebase database with a tree that looks like this

tvthemetunes
airwolf value "url to air wolftheme"
eastenders value "url to eastenders"
knight rider value "url to nightrider"

and so on…

in my app users download items and while items download a tv theme will play from the url. i can get it to work ok when value event for a single item. i want it to pick a value at random from the list. how can achieve this?

Edit can use recycle view method as my app does not contain any

this is my code for single item

protected Dialog onCreateDialog(int id) {

    switch (id) {
        case progress_bar_type:
    //Here is where i play the theme
            getthemetune();
            pDialog = new ProgressDialog(c);
            pDialog.setTitle(MY Title);
            pDialog.setMessage(MY Message);
            pDialog.setIcon(R.mipmap.ic_launcher);
            pDialog.setIndeterminate(false);
            pDialog.setMax(100);
            pDialog.setProgressStyle(ProgressDialog.STYLE_HORIZONTAL);
            pDialog.setCancelable(false);
            pDialog.show();

            return pDialog;
        default:

            return null;
    }
}
private void getthemetune(){
  mthemetuneref = FirebaseDatabase.getInstance();
    DatabaseReference ref = mthemetuneref.getReference().child(MYREF);
    ref.child("airwolf").addValueEventListener(new ValueEventListener() {
        @Override
        public void onDataChange(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot) {
//Edit to add Alex's answer?
          long childrenCount = datasnapshot.getChildrenCount();
          int count = (int) childrenCount;

//Dont know how to use this
          int randomNumber = new Random().nextInt(count);

            plysound();

        }

        @Override
        public void onCancelled(DatabaseError databaseError) {

        }
    });
}
private void plysound(){
    mp = new MediaPlayer();
    String j =
    tvThemeTune.toString();
    Log.i("Url",j);
    try {
        mp.setDataSource(j);
    } catch (IOException e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
    }
    try {
        mp.prepare();
    } catch (IOException e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
    }
    mp.start();
    Log.i("Sound playing", "Ok");
    mp.setLooping(true);
}

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

To solve this, please use the following lines of code:

long childrenCount = snapshot.getChildrenCount();
int count = (int) childrenCount;
int randomNumber = new Random().nextInt(count);

And then use a for loop to pull that value using the random number:

int i=0;
String themeTune; //Your random themeTune will be stored here
for (DataSnapshot snap : snapshot.getChildren()) {
    if(i = randomNumber) {
        themeTune = snap.getValue(String.class);
        break;
    }
    i++;
}
plysound();

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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