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iPod Shuffled

Written on November 27, 2008 by

For Turkey Day 2008, I’m not able to give you sweet turkey markers, but I do have a random anecdote from my week for you.

When I’m at work, I prefer to listen to music to help pass the time. My regular routine is to bring in my iPod, set it to shuffle and turn the volume down to a “background” level in respect for my coworkers.

This week was a little different. As the songs played through, I started noticing some patterns. The first thing that caught my attention was a song playing twice. The album version would play, and then a live version would play right after it. At first, it wasn’t too bad with Emery’s “As Your Voice Fades,” where the live version is not screamed and is actually intelligible. However, once the Five Iron Frenzy came up it became extremely repetitive, since the two versions are practically identical.

All of that was pretty weird, but it kept getting stranger. Shuffle decided it was going to start picking songs with similar titles, which I have never noticed before. The first couple of times, it barely caught my attention but then it just started getting excessive.

Here is the actual songs my iPod chose for me, in order:

  • A Beautiful Collision, David Crowder Band
  • Beautiful Jesus, Kristian Stanfill
  • The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot
  • Beautiful Lord, Leeland
  • Beautiful The Blood, Steve Fee

Hm… Notice any similarities there?

I know that the iPod’s shuffle is not completely random; I’ve seen it give preferences to artists, albums and high rated music before. But this… This was something completely new. Could it be that Genius is now influencing the shuffle?

Anyone else had this happen? Perhaps while doing the iPod Challenge?

Ringl replied on November 28, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Hm… Notice any similarities there?

Yeah… all your music sucks


Shaw replied on November 29, 2008 at 8:53 am

That was just a random sampling of my music! I can’t help it shuffle picks badly sometimes. At any rate, I bet all of those tracks can be found on your iPod right now… assuming your iPod would boot up so we could check.


Ringl replied on November 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm



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