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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

"My iPod Hates Me"

Let's get right to this. I treat my iPod with respect and yet it's determined to play games with my mind. Here are examples. And please, if anyone else is suffering from this, stand and be counted. I need help.

1. 6000 songs in the iPod and yet twice a week it manages to play either the same song, or 2-3 songs by the same artist, even though I start fresh every morning and never take it off shuffle. This week I heard 3 songs off of the Staple Singers "Soul Folk In Action" after not hearing a single song from it ever before.

2. I loaded Loudon Wainwright's "More Love Songs" into the iPod, strictly because Richard Thompson plays guitar on the record. Twice in a week, and totally at random, it played the same song "Expatriate," an acoustic number that does NOT feature Richard Thompson.

3. I'm sure all of us have one or two or twenty two songs on our iPods that are guilty pleasures. One of mine is Toto's "Hold The Line." 6000 songs, and yet the iPod plays it once a week. I had to remove it. It made me hate the song, as well as reminding me that I had Toto in my iPod.

Is there some MAC freak out there with an answer? Or at least another freak like me?


Blogger Michael in New York said...

I believe the Ipod shuffle play is not simply a random generator that would presumably range far and wide over your playlist and avoid quick repeitions of certain songs. It is in fact the first successful program of artificial intelligence --not that iPod knows it. It is quite simply a living, breathing entity worthy of full equal rights and the ability to vote in the 2006 elections. As such, it has unexpected traits, a curious desire to avoid Richard Thompson (which proves an artificial intelligence ain't necessarily smart) and a deep and abiding love for Toto. Either that or Apple is screwing with you.

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