Shuffled Playlists plays the same damn songs!

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by LarryJoe33, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. LarryJoe33 macrumors 65816

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    I have a playlist with over 300 songs in it that I use for the gym. I always play it on shuffle and the same 25 or so songs always come up when skipping ahead. It's annoying and been like this for a while. There are songs that are NEVER selected to play. I am not sure this specific to iOS11.

    Does anyone else notice this? I tried looking for some type of shuffle selection criteria in settings and there isn't any. My guess is that shuffle in my case is working off of most frequently played, which is misleading because since these tunes always get selected they get a played count even though I skip ahead.
     
  2. decafjava macrumors 68020

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    Is this one of your playlists from your own music? Shuffle has been broken for years, if you are using songs synced from iTunes I suggest creating a smart playlist from the 300 songs you have. What you can do is say name the playlist "workout" then create a second, smart playlist called "workout smart shuffle" and say limit it to 50 songs or however mayn you can get through in a typical workout. Criteria would be: playlist is - "workout" last played - not within - 1 week (I am paraphrasing you have to look at iTunes to see the actual criteria).

    Only problem is unlike the old classic iPods the smart playlist won't update until you sync your phone with iTunes. This is one of the main reasons I stick with syncing although I use Apple music, I like the smartplaylist feature and am probably one of the few left.
     
  3. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

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    Yeah, as java said shuffle has been borked forever. The only time I use music is when I'm listening to my brother's music or playing an album straight through. Outside of that I use Pandora.

    Are you sure the smart playlists don't update in real time? I recall when I went through my 5k+ song library and rated everything I had a smart playlist titled "Unrated" and as soon as I rated a song it would drop off that playlist. This would happen even if it was in the middle of the track which would cut it off and start a new track from the playlist. It's possible this has changed as that was four or five years ago now.
     
  4. Julien macrumors G4

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    1. The best way is to NOT select Shuffle on the Playlist.
    2. Scroll down and Select/Tap a track to start playing form the Playlist.
    3. Then scroll down on the now Playing track and select Shuffle
    4. This will load the entire Playlist in random order below.
    5. You can even drag/rearrange tracks in the list.
    6. Works every time
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  5. decafjava macrumors 68020

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    I think what is broken is if the smart playlist refers to another playlist even if the second is all stored on the device. What you mentioned still works.

    Otherwise, the suggestion by @Julien above sounds like it's worth trying. I hardly ever use shuffle myself.
     
  6. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

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    I see. Thanks for clarifying. I can't recall ever needing to go Inception on my playlists so that's foreign territory to me.
     
  7. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the confirmation that it just isn't me. Unfortunately I don't sync with a wired connection. I have about 13,000 songs in my library and 10,000 are owned and 3,000 are Apple Music. I kind of add to playlists on the go via my phone. I hear something new and add it to my gym playlist (and others). I get what you are saying on smart playlists and have no doubt it could improve my experience, but it feels like too much iTunes maintenance.

    THANK YOU! I will certainly give this a shot at the gym in the morning!
     
  8. eicca macrumors 6502

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    The shuffle algorithm on this thing is terrible. I hope to convert my broken iPod classic to SSD in the future and have the good old reliable shuffle days back.
     
  9. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Tried @Julien 's workaround this morning. A much better algorithm for sure. Thank you! At the same time, as I listened to this playlist play songs that haven't come up recently, I realized that maybe I am also kind of sick of the music on this playlist;)
     
  10. Julien macrumors G4

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    I go to the gym 5x to 6x a week. I have created 30 Playlists under a Folder called Working Out. Have about 50 to 60 tracks (3:30 to 4 hours) in each Playlist and all different. I play based on the day of the month so tomorrow (Feb 22) will be Playlist 22. This way I have different music each day and no repeats for at least a month.
     
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  12. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nice idea. I have had the same "Gym" playlist for 6 years or so. I just add to it and every few years I go through it and purge. I have about 300 songs in it. I did not realize that you could create a folder and put playlists in it. I will have to check this out. Should help with organization. Hope my cars interface can see and drill down into folders.
     
  13. Sheldonsmith macrumors 6502

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    Ive reordered the songs within the playlist. When I hit shuffle, the order is changed... Additionally, adding/subtracting songs also re-orders the shuffle..
     
  14. TokMok3 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I have 2000 songs and it happens all the time, it repeats after 30 or 40 songs.
     
  15. eicca macrumors 6502

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    I discovered another fun problem with the iOS music system: random tracks sound like GARBAGE. Any given song will suddenly sound distorted and clipped, like the gain is too high. Same track plays fine on my MacBook. Same track plays fine over YouTube or Apple Music. It just seems to randomly ruin the quality of random local files in my library at random times.
     
  16. JoEw macrumors 65816

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    Glad I’m not crazy my shuffle on my watch has been driving me crazy running 6 days a week...
     
  17. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am certain you checked this, but are you using EQ, Volume Limit or Sound Check? The first two can definitely result in high gain distortion for tracks that are already pumped up.
     
  18. eicca macrumors 6502

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    Sound check is on, EQ and volume limit are off. I was under the impression that sound check only ever reduced volume but it’s something to test.
     
  19. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, just something to check since it messes with the actual file levels.
     
  20. eicca macrumors 6502

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    Nailed it. Any song that is boosted UP with Sound Check gets all clipped and nasty.

    I know for a fact none of my iPods have that issue.
     
  21. jtrauscht macrumors regular

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    Been frustrated with this issue for years, too. How hard can it be for Apple to re-code the shuffle feature?
     
  22. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So did this resolve your issue?
     
  23. eicca macrumors 6502

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    Well it keeps my classical and film score playlists from sounding like rubbish but my rock playlist has all kinds of volume inconsistency without Sound Check.
     
  24. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like you need one of the many free tools that can be used to batch normalize your rock music.
     
  25. eicca macrumors 6502

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    What needs to happen is Apple fixes crap that didn’t use to be a problem.
     

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