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the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 08, 2020 07:34PM
I have a lot of Al Stewart in my library, although I really just like his stuff up to Time Passages, 1978. I ended up with near his whole catalog coz someone was dumping their hard media. Perhaps 300 cuts.
I have way more Aretha, Stones & Bowie, 500 each. Old school bop, and hard bop.

Yet every time I set iTunes to shuffle, Al Stewart comes up way more than anyone else.

Who does he know?



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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 08, 2020 07:39PM
....doing the.....Curly.....Shuffle.....??



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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: Wags
Date: August 08, 2020 07:41PM
I've noticed that as well. Not Al Stewart, per se, but some come up more often than others. I faintly recall something about their algorithms that makes that happen.
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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 08, 2020 09:06PM
I was listenin g to Sinatra today on Prime, same thing. Chicago (my Kind of town) came up repeatedly - once it came up back to back. It seemed to only be maybe 10-15 songs.



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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: Wags
Date: August 08, 2020 09:08PM
You can always switch it to alphabetical. Let's you find out if you have multiples, too.
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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: August 09, 2020 12:51AM
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Fritz
I have a lot of Al Stewart in my library, although I really just like his stuff up to Time Passages, 1978. I ended up with near his whole catalog coz someone was dumping their hard media. Perhaps 300 cuts.
I have way more Aretha, Stones & Bowie, 500 each. Old school bop, and hard bop.

Yet every time I set iTunes to shuffle, Al Stewart comes up way more than anyone else.

Who does he know?

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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: davemchine
Date: August 09, 2020 01:12AM
I’ve read that when the shuffle button is pressed iTunes effectively builds an invisible random playlist. So the songs will play in the same order every day. I don’t know if this is true but it seems plausible.

My solution is to have two playlists for each category. One labeled “jazz” and one labeled “jazz not played in 30 days”.



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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 09, 2020 08:14AM
So the songs will play in the same order every day.


The non-randomness of Apple Shuffle is been a long standing complaint since the early days of the iPod.

I noticed it but have never had the above experience of same order even once.

But I have had a lot of a same songsongs show up each time I press Shuffle.

Similar to your method, I added a rule to exclude songs played more than two times.

I didn't keep an unruly play list though.

That will be corrected.

Thank you for posting that.




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Re: the predictable randomness of shuffle.
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 09, 2020 08:30AM
I toggle the shuffle button regularly and Al still shows up more often than anyone else, comparatively (which is not the word I'm looking for, but haven't had coffee yet).



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