iTunes shuffle mode doesn't really shuffle?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by grahamnp, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    Let's say I pick Song A manually, it finishes and moves on to Song B. 10 songs after Song B, if I manually select A, all those songs play in the exact same order. The only thing that changes the order is restarting iTunes. Anybody else experience this?
  2. KFujiwara macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    When you start a shuffle listing, it will begin numbering the songs. If you go back to any already-numbered song, it will simply go back in the list to that number. That is why it will repeat the list. If you stop and exit that song list, it will restart.
  3. grahamnp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    By song list do you mean playlist? I've observed this when playing my entire library.
  4. theDUB macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2008
    SLT, CA
    iTunes does that for me too. I assumed it was normal behavior.
  5. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    That's how Apple's shuffle works (it's the same on iPods). When you press shuffle, a random order of songs is created, but from there on, it acts like a regular playlist. You can move back and forward as much as you want, manually select songs, doesn't matter - it will stay exactly like it was shuffled the moment you turned shuffle on.

    If you want to change the order, you don't need to restart iTunes, you can turn shuffle off and back on - this will simply mix it one more time, but that's all you can do. You can't make it completely random.
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    It doesn't say anywhere that it is "randomizing" it says it's "shuffling".
  7. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
  8. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Yes, but once you have shuffled the cards they don't continue to randomly change order. They stay in the shuffle order until you shuffle again.
  9. grahamnp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    It was more of an observation than a complaint really but that's really helpful, thanks!
  10. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    I can't argue with that, of course, but the problem here is the fact that shuffle is a state. It is on or off constantly. If it would be some kind of an action you perform once, I'd agree with your point, but if the shuffle button is on, I imagine my songs being shuffled constantly.

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