iTunes Shuffle Isn't Random (And How To Fix It)

If you're still using iTunes, you've probably noticed that the shuffle feature doesn't always seem the most random. In fact, at times shuffle may have seemed completely set in stone (which, of course, would make no sense). As one user at AskDifferent points out, there's a method to this madness -- and it's easy to fix your non-random shuffle.

Essentially, when you turn on shuffle, iTunes creates a randomly generated shuffle order of your entire library (assuming that's where you turned on Shuffle). While shuffle remains enabled, this "random" order will remain static -- that is, if Let It Be precedes Like a Rolling Stone, it will always precede it, no matter how many times you restart playback.

The trick to reshuffling your library is simple:

You uncheck and recheck the shuffle button. Doing this causes iTunes to recreate the random traversal path through your playlist (or entire library). It re-seeds the random number generator.

If you never uncheck and recheck the shuffle button the order never gets regenerated so things will start to seem non-random.

So there you have it. A simple solution to reshuffle your iTunes playback.

Why isn't iTunes shuffle random? [AskDifferent]


Comments

    It's *shuffle*. You shuffle a deck of cards, you change the order. The deck will be ordered in that way until the next time you shuffle it. Shuffling = changing the order. Going through a deck of cards one by one ≠ shuffling.

      In most music players (and even old CD players), the order is reshuffled after each full play-through.

    I've found iTunes when on shuffle and a new album is added and I play a select song off it, it will then play the songs from it in sequential order, even if it has an entire library to choose from. I've found going and selecting a different track fixes this issue.

    I don't like how you say "If you're still using iTunes"... Don't do that...

    Don't listen Adam, I like how you do that.

    i have a simple fix for iTunes shuffle.
    delete that sh!t and use Winamp.

    iPhones and iPods never truly shuffle music. I've found that it shuffles the music that I listen to more often and rarely includes music I don't listen to as much

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