Steven Levy on the secrets of the iPod shuffle

I was becoming the clearing house for the X-Files of iPod shuffle. A fellow named Gary Baker noted that he has the entire Beatles collection on his iPod, and while playing the shuffle function he has heard Get Back 18 times, while eight other Beatles tunes have been played only once. “Plus, it has moods,” he added. “Sunday and Monday nights, bluesy. Rocks at night during the week. Does folk on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Bluegrass on Thursday mornings and Sunday afternoons.” Furthermore, he claimed that every time his girlfriend was in the car it began playing Bob Dylan at a rate of every other song. She complained about it, and the next time she was in the car it played a preponderance of Bob Dylan songs – done by other people. “And it seldom plays Dylan otherwise,” Baker informed me.

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