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Randomize within playlist

3915 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2007 1:13 PM by m8an RSS
neilxt Calculating status...
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Nov 10, 2007 9:33 PM
This my seem like a really dumb question; but I can't seem to find a way of shuffling the contents of a playlist.

I can't believe this feature isn't there but for the life of me I can't find it. I can randomize my playing entire library by hitting shuffle but there doesn't seem to be any select playlist under shuffle nor any shuffle feature under playlist nor anything else that would allow me to play a playlist randomly.

What am I missing?

Power Mac G4, 1.25 GHz, 1.75 GB
  • hareand Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2007 1:06 AM (in response to neilxt)

    I'm not a great fan of iTunes, but the only way I've found to create a random playlist is to use Smart Playlists in iTunes. Even then it's not completely random as some files from the same artist get grouped together, but it's better than nothing.
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  • m8an Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Nov 11, 2007 3:15 AM (in response to neilxt)
    well, it's actually too simple so you didn't notice it: If you select "shuffle songs" or "shuffle albums" on your iPod or in iTunes, it does ALWAYS shuffle the playlist you are playing. So if you turn on shuffle and start a playlist it will shuffle that playlist. if you turn shuffle on and play all songs it creates a playlist containing all your songs and shuffles them.

    So just turn on shuffle, play a playlist and you'll notice it will be shuffled (of course the first song will the on you selected, but just skip this song - the next one will be a random one)
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 points)
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    Nov 13, 2007 2:54 AM (in response to neilxt)
    And if you want the first song to always be a random one, then press play (not select).
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  • m8an Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Nov 13, 2007 12:52 PM (in response to Jeff Bryan)
    good to know, thank you
    another day where I learned something useful ^^
  • hareand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2007 9:20 AM (in response to m8an)
    Thanks people...very useful.
    Compaq, Windows XP
  • farmerchad74 Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2007 12:59 PM (in response to neilxt)
    My playlist is too big for the new nano 4 gig, how do i get itunes to grab random songs from the playlist that i created or just from my music library?
    PC, Windows XP
  • m8an Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Dec 2, 2007 1:13 PM (in response to farmerchad74)
    I would say you create a new smart playlist that takes like 500-600 random songs (depending on average song size, but I think this should fit with no problems) from your original playlist and transfer that playlist. when you want new songs on your nano you just have to delete all songs on that playlist in iTunes and it will pick 500 new ones.

    or you enter "not played in the last 3 days" and "not skipped in the last 3 days". when you do it like that it will automatically kick out all played/skiped songs from the playlist and pick new ones.
    don't know if the second method actually works well, but I think it should.


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