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»
must get one of those portable thingy someday, just picked up a 500GB external drive for ripping cds to, looking forward to kicking it off. speaking of which, where are we with the share space, commander in chief?
well now. this *is* freaky. i slapped a steely dan greatest hits on my i-pod two weeks ago and it hasn’t stopped playing it since.
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A pint for the first character to tell me where the band Steely Dan got their name.
I have an iPod nano and I often get 2 or 3 songs in a row by the same artist when I’m on shuffle. However, it only happens with artists of which I have 6 or less songs stored. It’s most bizarre but I don’t know enough about probability theory to understand why this happens.
it’s the dildo in Naked Lunch, as well as being one of the worst bands in human history that I for one would NEVER load onto itunes, eugh, I deserve that pint now
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did you get a job with netriplex?
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