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Old 05-15-2020, 06:52 PM
dontbesojumpy is offline
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Why is a truly random "shuffle" musical function so difficult to execute?

**Feel free to split hairs about if I mean "random" or if I mean "varied."**

Since at least 2011, I've always been flabbergasted at the inability of any of my music devices being able to generate a truly random play list.

Lately I use a music playing app and listen to music through my phone. I have some odd 200 bands, some with more tracks than others, but several thousand songs.

All this week I've put my entire track list on shuffle. I am aware of the shuffle/turn off shuffle/turn shuffle back on trick to get your shuffle playlist out of a loop.

My playlist is indeed different every day, but it gravitates to the same few bands and tracks. There are at least 5 songs that I hear every time I shuffle during the first 20 minutes or so. Likewise, it will play one band's full album in a random order before playing the second half of my library.

Why is it so hard to really shuffle a play list? Is there a trick I don't know?


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