Ok, any of us that are Itunes or Ipod users know the story – how on some days, the shuffle software seems to take a shine to a particular artist. I’ve got 7,000 tracks in my Ipod by some shocking amount of acts – so why do I get four songs by the Pixies in less than two hours? Steven Levy investigates – is the shuffle really random?
Steven Levy really liked Steely Dan, but so too, it seemed, did his iPod. Like a lot of people, he began to wonder about its shuffle – was the random function really random or a result of dirty tricks, blunders… or even telepathy?
I’m given to wonder though – do users of other mp3 players – Iriver, etc – have similar experiences?
The Guardian/Observer: Oh no, not Steely Dan again by Steven Levy»