Beating iPod's not-so-randomness

It has been mentioned on other sites that iPod’s aren’t very random in their shuffling. I have lots of problems with my iTunes not playing songs that I want to listen to for days and days. I’ll be lucky to hear a song I *really* like once every month. I’ve created a playlist to get around this by doing the following:

  1. Create a new Smarty Playlist
  2. Put one of the criteria as “Last Played”, “is not in the last” X and “days” (I put 10 in for days)
  3. Add a “My Rating” criteria (I used greater than 2 stars)

Now you have a list of songs you haven’t heard played in the last 10 days that you have rated highly. The songs pop off this list as you play them so it will eventually exhaust itself.

3 thoughts on “Beating iPod's not-so-randomness

  1. This is a short-term solution to a problem. If you say “Last Played is not in the last X days” where X=10 then your iPod won’t play anything for (X – D) days if you listen to all of your songs in D days where X > D.

  2. You are correct. I only run this playlist every week or so after I notice that I haven’t heard a favorite song in a while. I have one particular song that I like a lot, but only gets played maybe once ever month or two. Overall, the randomness sucks. I hear certain songs over and over, while others sit idle.

  3. Randomness is good Jizo – guess who just snuck away for a long lunch to the Apple store and came home with a 512MB iPod Shuffle :P~~~~~~

    –Paul

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