Archive for June, 2006

June 25, 2006

iPod <3 Blue Oyster Cult

I have a job where I can listen to music. I type for 8 hours a day. It’s easiest to just put my iPod on shuffle rather then having to sit and figure out an album to play or whatever. I have currently 10,222 songs on my iPod. Out of this, there are two Blue Oyster Cult songs. Within 175 songs while on shuffle, my iPod played both of them. I thought this quite weird. I have three versions of “Wow And Flutter” by Stereolab, and it played two of them. I own one Billie Holiday double disc album, and it played two songs from it. So, I can’t help but wonder how the hell shuffle technology works. I did a search on google, and both Newsweek and the NY Times had articles on this subject of iPods having a “preference” or “mind of its own” to play “favorites”. Apple refused to explain their algorithm, but insist iPods are unable to have a mind of its own.

Anyway, I wonder if any one else’s iPod seem to “play favorites”?

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