Following Alex Ross’ article (see below) I decided to see what the "shuffle" feature would do with my collection. I tend to listen to my own playlists, and to lean heavily on half a dozen or so, so there are large swaths of my music collection that I’ve probably never actually ever listened to since ripping.
The result is fun: some weird segues, but more often than not the program makes interesting choices (is it completely random? I have a hard time believing that it is), and inspires those "Hey, I haven’t heard that in ages" moments. A pleasant change even from one’s own music programming.
Update 1/12/2005: The thread on iPod, the shuffle, and interesting ways to listen to music continues in:
- Wired News on iTunes shuffle
- Smart playlists
- Spreading iTunes sharing
- If Proust had iTunes
- What should be after the iPod shuffle?
[To the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd, "I Aint The One," from the album Millienumium Collection.]