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I'd like to know more about my phone's shuffle algorithm!

When on shuffle mode, do phones try to play songs which sound better next to each other? [more inside]
posted by goethean on Oct 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Universal Spotify shuffling

Spotify's catalog is massive and I would like to listen to a random playlist of available songs, from any and all genres. Is there a Spotify app that can do this? Or some enormous playlist somewhere that I can shuffle? I'm not interested in a radio feature that will play only similar artists. I want something that will legitimately shuffle everything available on the service.
posted by wolfnote on Apr 17, 2013 - 8 answers

iTunes, seriously, not an option.

I have a 2nd generation ipod shuffle (the kind that's about 1 inch by 1 1/2 inches and is just a giant clip) which I would like to start using again. However, there is not a single computer nor human in our house which will tolerate iTunes. It's not an option, really; never using the shuffle again will happen before installing iTunes will. I have seen a couple apps on the internet for using this type of shuffle without iTunes, but I haven't found any reviews of them or clear instructions for them. Thus, I am asking y'all. Anybody know a good, easy way to get songs off my vortexbox and onto my little shuffle? I don't need playlists or synching or stats or anything, just the ability to move files from one place to another and listen to them on the shuffle. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Feb 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me save my Shuffles

I put 20-100 songs into Windows Media Player (for example) and engage the "shuffle" or "random" play function. Many times the resulting generated playlist really, really, works, and I would like to save this playlist to burn a mix CD or just to replay later. Is this possible? With any program that you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by J0 on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Play my Shuffle on the road

Is it possible to use an adapter to play an iPod shuffle with a female audio jack through an FM transmitter with a 30-pin iPod connector? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Nov 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Can iPod 4th-gen Shuffles play nicely with Ubuntu?

I received a 4th-gen iPod Shuffle as a gift and I'm running Ubuntu. Marriage made in hell? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I turn off shuffle in iOS4?

How do you turn off shuffle in iOS4? Since upgrading to the new OS, it is always in shuffle mode and I can't make it play albums in track order. [more inside]
posted by hydropsyche on Sep 15, 2010 - 8 answers

O, Apple, unbreak my heart...

I have lost my beloved ipod Shuffle! Will the newer model do the tricks I want it to do? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Aug 28, 2010 - 15 answers

I just want to add podcasts to my Shuffle. Is that too much to ask?

After installing the newest version of iTunes (8.1.1), I can no longer add files to my 2nd generation iPod Shuffle. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by the littlest brussels sprout on May 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Making Winamp's shuffle smarter

Is there any way to make Winamp's shuffle smarter, i.e. closer to iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Dec 28, 2008 - 10 answers

My iPod Touch wants to be a Shuffle.

My new iPod Touch will not sequence an album in the proper order. I cue an album, push play, and it shuffles randomly from song to song. Any ideas to get me back on track? [more inside]
posted by prinado on Apr 18, 2008 - 4 answers

How long have people loved randomness?

What are some (and some of the earliest) instances of people shuffling things on purpose to get a random result? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Mar 27, 2008 - 15 answers

How to shuffle test items in random order in Microsoft Word?

how do i shuffle questions in a Word document in random order? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Mar 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Shuffling a pile of papers

I have a moderately-sized pile of papers (say, several dozen) in front of me. What's a quick way of getting them thoroughly shuffled by hand? I am familiar with lots of shuffling algorithms, but they don't work well by hand, and techniques like riffle shuffle that work well with small, stiff cards don't work well with standard sheets of paper.
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 16, 2008 - 12 answers

IDing where a song was skipped

I have two iPods - a 60 GB for general use and a shuffle for exercise. I want to create playlists that delete songs I skip on the shuffle, but not songs I skip from the 60 or in iTunes. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow on Apr 11, 2007 - 3 answers

shuffling around

I'm thinking about getting an Ipod shuffle for working out. It seems to be the best choice, but am I missing any other great candidates? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jan 31, 2007 - 27 answers

Does the new iPod shuffle do hand-picked playlists better/faster/differently from the old one?

I have an old shuffle. When I first got it, I could arrange its playlist on the iMac it syncs to without it actually being plugged in. This was fast, since it all happened on the computer. Then, I could plug in the shuffle and the actual synchronization would churn for about 30 sec (which I would not need to be present for). But in one of iTunes' famously regressive "upgrades," the ability to arrange tracks on my shuffle without it being plugged in vanished. Now, arranging tracks is a laborious process with delays between every user interaction. It sucks. No way am I buying a cute tiny colorful new one if it has the same crappy synchronization method. Does it? (I'm aware of iTunes' ability to pick random tracks from my library. No thanks!)
posted by Doctor Barnett on Jan 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Nano shuffle: exclude tracks?

I have an iPod Nano and I love the 'shuffle' feature -- except -- I can't figure out how to make 'shuffle' EXCLUDE certain types of tracks. I.E.: I have audio book chapters on the iPod, kept in playlists; but during music 'shuffle' these random chapters get thrown in to the music mix and I don't need that! Anybody got a clue? Thanks.
posted by charris5005 on Dec 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Please help me with the shiny thing

I currently have iTunes 6, and am reluctant to change to 7.0.2 based on all the horror stories I've read/heard. The problem is, I'd like to buy the new shuffle, but it lists system requirements as '7.0.2 or later.' Is this fact or crap? Can I use the new shuffle while remaining on version 6? I'm rather dim when it comes to stuff like this, so any insight is appreciated.
posted by spinturtle on Nov 30, 2006 - 24 answers

Why can't I upload podcasts onto my new 2G iPod Shuffle?

Why can't I upload podcasts onto my new 2G iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by alidarbac on Nov 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Shuffle not shuffling

iPod Filter: A colleague's iPod Shuffle no longer shuffles after he clicked on a column in iTunes to SORT the files into album order. Is it possible to "un-sort" them? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Sep 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Skip from Shuffle for Spoken Word

iPod/iTunes Filter: Is there a quick way to mark a large number of audio files (spoken word) as "Skip from Shuffle" in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Aug 8, 2006 - 14 answers

fm radio + ipod = crazy delicious (?)

Is there some gadget that will allow me to listen to FM radio on my iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Jun 13, 2006 - 15 answers

Nerd by day, musicican by night

Can I use an iPod Shuffle as a normal thumbdrive in Linux and a music player in Windows? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Feb 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Shuffled playlists for iTunes podcasts

iTunesFilter, part I: Why can't podcasts downloaded from the Music Store play in shuffled playlists? Is there any way around this? If I'm in a shuffled playlist mixed with podcasts and regular MP3's, it will only go from regular MP3's to regular MP3's and skip the podcasts downloaded from the MS altogether. Of course, if I go back to linear play mode, the podcasts play allright. iTunesFilter, part II: Is there any way to make the podcasts always start at the beginning of the track (i.e., to remove the bookmark function)? [more inside]
posted by jchgf on Oct 2, 2005 - 2 answers

iPod Shuffle Won't Charge

My iPod Shuffle just doesn't charge off my PC. [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Jul 28, 2005 - 13 answers

Why does Party Shuffle in itunes not work?

Why does the random feature (party shuffle) on my itunes SUCK, IE work very badly.. [more inside]
posted by crewshell on Jul 28, 2005 - 19 answers

Will Shuffler break my Shuffle?

If I use Shuffler to copy music to my iPod Shuffle, will it still work with iTunes? I'm worried the database rebuilder will break something, or that iTunes will know I've been unfaithful to it and refuse to speak to me.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Can I charhe my Shuffle on other computers?

iPod ShuffleFilter - can I charge my shuffle on a computer without iTunes? I'd like to leave it to charge on my work computer while out for lunch, but despite my Google Fu cannot find out if this is ok for the device.
posted by tr33hggr on Mar 15, 2005 - 6 answers

iTunes Shuffling

Does anyone know/can anyone approximate what shuffle algorithm iTunes uses?
posted by the fire you left me on Apr 18, 2004 - 8 answers

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