optimum number of tracks for an iTunes playlist?
October 16, 2013 8:04 AM Subscribe
I want to leave iTunes randomly shuffling through a given playlist for as long as possible so I don't have to futz with it, but I also want to actually hear *all* the tracks in the list, not just those that the random shuffle always seems to favor. How many/few tracks should I put in a playlist?
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I have iTunes on my MacBook Pro, an iPhone with iOS 7.0.2, and an iPad. When I use iTunes on any of these devices, I generally want background noise, so I would prefer a few big playlists of songs that I can start then forget about all day. But as widely known, iTunes doesn't seem to do the whole random shuffle thing very well: If started on a given playlist, it seems to favor the same approximate sequence of songs such that I'll hear some repeatedly and other hardly ever before I end up doing a restart for some reason, and I'm back to square one.
Admittedly, I haven't been very thoughtful about this matter thus far: I currently have one main play list I go to on all my devices, but it's approximately 17 hours long, which given the limitations above doesn't work so well. Plus, since updating the phone to iOS 7, the playlist just crashes out every few times I stop and start it on my phone.
There's probably an obvious answer on google, but I haven't been able to find it yet, so what would you folks recommend as the optimum number of tracks to have in a particular iTunes playlist to both let me put it on and leave it for as long as possible but short enough that so I might actually end up hearing all the songs on the list? (Fwiw, most of my tracks are electronica/dance which run about 7-10 minutes each.)