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Never thought 10 Gigs would be too small....
Authored by: tsaar on Sep 29, '04 03:37:24PM

I have a 2nd gen 10 gig iPod.

Had it for almost two year now. I use it daily.
I go to work by bike, 12 km to work, 12 km back.
Battery is still fine, recharge once a week (on the iMac firewire)

My iPod is _always_ on Shuffle.
Either 10 gigs is too little space or the iPod's Shuflle is EXTREMELY unrandom. Anyone else notice that the same songs keep popping back up?

I need all kinds of crazy playlist schemes that use play-counts to help the randomness a bit. Then, unfortunately, there's always songs I keep skipping (because I don't like them so much), their play-count never rises and they stay on the list forever! (yeah I'm too lazy to remove them manually :))

Ipod Shuffle Randomness must be improved!



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Never thought 10 Gigs would be too small....
Authored by: lavar78 on Oct 01, '04 08:47:13PM
Either 10 gigs is too little space or the iPod's Shuflle is EXTREMELY unrandom. Anyone else notice that the same songs keep popping back up?
Shuffle != Random. The iPod does shuffle, not random. Shuffle means the songs are put in some arbitrary order (like a deck of cards). All of the songs will play until the end. Random means that *every* song is just as eligible to be the next song played (including the one that is currently playing).

Now that that's out of the way, you're looking at it the wrong way. When you tell the iPod to shuffle, you probably don't listen to every single song on it. Unless you have it paused, it's going to reshuffle the list the next time you listen. Now do you see why you're hearing some songs more than others? You're telling it to shuffle the entire list, but you're expecting it to (A) shuffle the entire list while putting the songs you just heard at the end or (B) keep the songs in the same order they were in last time. The odds of hearing every song you haven't hear before every song you already heard are slim.

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