iPod Touch 2.1 - why no shake to shuffle?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by mac-a-doodle, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. mac-a-doodle macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2008
    Seems that this could/should have been included in the 2.1 update, if the Nano gets it, why not the Touch?
  2. upsguy27 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    It would have been a cool feature to include. I don't see why they didn't.
  3. wal9000 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    My best guess is that they wanted to leave it connected to the "cute" image of the nano. Wish they'd included it though, I'm getting a touch.
  4. theolympix macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2008
    im glad its not there

    usually I hate it when people post about being glad that features are not included, like so many people used to say they didn't want video in the ipod. im usually all for as much as possible but in this case I think this is a small player only feature.
    The ipod nano fits in anyones closed hand, their fingers wrap around three sides of the device, but the touch is larger and many people likely hold it with the ball of their hand supporting the edge and fingers on the back, and nothing supporting the opposing edge, so its not a closed grip. With shake to shuffle, this could (and likely would) lead to all sorts of people throwing the less durable, more glass device and complaining to apple and on here that they want a free ipod touch.

    I know it sounds unlikely and anyone to throw there device is a little too careless and should have to live without it. But when the wii first came out people were complaining all over the place, that they threw the remote at something or the lanyard broke, and they want a new something, and the list of these things was crazy, tvs, speakers, wiis, lamps....

    so whatever, prevent damage control, and I dont think a wrist strap is really apples style
  5. Sief9 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    The feature sounds like a total pain in the ass (Am I the only one?) Imagine running with your iPod in your pocket.
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    running i would bet would not activate it
  7. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I think I read somewhere that you can turn it off...
  8. Sief9 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    Running makes things in your pocket shake. ;):p
  9. ricartedor macrumors member

    May 12, 2008
    It doesnt shuffle if locked and shaken and i assume it'd be locked in your pocket..

    I think that the iPod nano has no other way to shuffle a particular playlist anymore, now that the centre button menu has been altered to find more by artist or album and start genius, they've actually taken out the shuffle songs option that used to be present in the nano 3g centre button menu from now playing screen, this means that shaking may be the only way to activate shuffling on the go. As the iPod touch has the ability to shuffle by pressing on the icon on the now playing screen, it's probably not top of the agenda to add an unnecessary shake to shuffle feature to the touch.

    That said - it would be cool!! and i hope it gets added at a later date!
  10. zathras macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2005
    North AL
    I tried it out in the apple store and it takes a very deliberate big shake - probably has to hit a couple of opposite angles that wouldn't be reached by normal activity.
  11. mjjmk macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    so true

    ya the shake and shuffle is activated by the movent at the top. and also, you would have to be running very fast because this feature is harder to use.
  12. mjjmk macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    i would still get an ipod touch. someones probrably gonna put an app on to make this happen. i own a touch and im sending it in a SECOND TIME because of the battery the first time and the screen this time. im just warning you guys about the battery, use the wall chargers made by apple or your computer. the one i used (which is pretty old) made my ipod unchargable. its worth the money-trust me
  13. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It's part of the 3.0 software that is coming out in June/July, Apple has already announced it.
  14. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    damn, beat me to it.
  15. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    surely this is not entirely true—there are a lot of people out there that are incapable of forcefully shaking something.
  16. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Well this is just completely wrong. First: the iPhone and iPod touch will be getting shake to shuffle in 3.0.
    Second, there are many ways to shuffle your songs on the iPod nano. Shake it and it picks a random song from any artist (no matter what song is playing) and it shuffles all of your songs. Also you can press the center button a few times until the shuffle menu comes up, then scroll a little to either shuffle songs, albums, or to turn shuffle off. You can also go into settings and turn shuffle on.
  17. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    This has probably been stated and I do NOT have a touch so I'm not sure what type of storage it has...

    but if it has a physical harddrive shaking would be bad...

    but if its flash memory I don't see why not?
  18. statik13 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2008
    Shake to shuffle will be the first feature I disable if they add it to the iPod Touch update this summer. I can see it being ok if you're sitting there listening to music, but walking around or jogging it will be annoying to have it change tracks suddenly.

    I'd love to see them add the new voice over feature that the shuffle has. Now that I would find useful.
  19. sharp65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    It is in 3.0 but you really do have to shake it hard to activate it.
  20. NeGRit0 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2008
    Las Vegas, Nv
    If you have a jailbroken Touch there is an app called Pocket Touch. It will allow you to shake to shuffle. It also put a menu in the general settings so you can adjust not only the sensitivity in which it takes to activate it, but also the duration of the shake that is needed. :D
  21. kh14 macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2009
    for those of you that dont know...they are adding this feature in the newest 3.0 software update. The update is coming out sometime early summer
  22. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    That was posted a hundred times already in this thread alone.
  23. statik13 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2008
    That's great news! Maybe I won't deactivate it after all.... Now if they just added voice over. :D
  24. Macmini1234 macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2009
    new york
  25. macguy4reals macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    OMG, the iPhone makes phone calls, but the touch doesn't! My old iPod has a click wheel, but the touch doesn't.

    Be happy with your product.

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