Random play not so random?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Eric S., Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

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    There used to be an iTunes option to adjust the degree of "randomness" in shuffle mode, by setting a probability that the next song would be by the same artist as the previous one. But now I can't seem to find that in iTunes (8.2.1). Is it still there somewhere and I'm just missing it?

    The reason I'm wondering is that I was playing a playlist in shuffle mode and I got 3 or 4 songs in a row by the same artist before it switched to another artist. That's the first time I've ever seen that and I don't know what prompted it. Not that the effect was bad, but it was unexpected.
     
  2. StruckANerve macrumors 6502

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    I am interested in this also. Mine repeats artists every so often and I would like to make it as random as possible. I almost exclusively listen to my iPod on shuffle lately so this would be great if I could fix this.
     
  3. Eric S. thread starter macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

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    The weird thing is that I used to try to enable this non-random behavior through the iTunes option (which I can no longer find), but I was never able to get it to work. Then I wondered if it only affected playback on the computer and not on the iPod. But now the behavior shows up out of the blue, and I haven't updated iTunes for a while (still running 8.2.1). Maybe I just never noticed it but that's hard to believe since I've listened to playlists in shuffle mode many times.
     

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