I never used the shuffle until I found this thread and now I’m hooked on it. I’d been using my iPod less and less over the past few months, but since I started using “shuffle” it’s like I have a whole new toy and a whole new music collection.
And I’m even more convinced that deja vu and similar things can just be explained away by the human brain’s desperation to find connections and similarities in everything. Because I know that there is no inherent logic to the iPod’s shuffle feature, but I keep finding myself eerily convinced that there’s some kind of internal database it uses to group certain songs together. For instance, some memorable line-ups have been:
“Superman” by R.E.M.
“Mesopotamia” by The B-52’s
“Sailor Beat the Blood Out” by the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies
(All bands from Athens, GA! How did it know to play those in order?)
“Tell Me Why” by the Beatles
“Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones
(Coincidence? I think not!)
“S.O.S.” by ABBA
“Toxic” by Britney Spears
“Can’t Help Loving That Man” by Bjork
“Dream a Little Dream of Me” by the Beautiful South
(It’s the gayest playlist possible from my music collection! And I didn’t even touch it!)