October 16, 2006

My iPod is freaking me out!

There was an article in the Guardian recently about whether the iPod shuffle feature was really as randomn as was suggested. The article discussed concerns that shuffle was a nefarious strategy for making you listen to apple friendly music – boo hiss.

However, today my iPod really scared me. Here’s why:

Last night I caught a bit of 100 best albums on Channel 4. I watched a few and noted during the Velvet Underground entry that I really ought to listen to that album again.

Today on the way to and from work my iPod served up 5 Velvet Underground tracks.

I have 2500 songs on my iPod.

I have 1 Velvet Underground album.

That album has 11 tracks on it.

In the last 3 months I have had 1 track from that album on shuffle.

I swear that device can read my mind – it know’s my desires and responds to my whim. How else can you explain the fact that it plays 5 tracks from an album I was thinking about some 8 hours earlier.

It’s scary – really really scary!


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  1. I know what you mean. When listening to a CD on random I quite often correctly predict what song is going to be on next. This isn’t just me using the process of elimination – it happens early on during play as well. It’s very weird!

    Also, sometimes I think about a particular scene in an episode of The Simpsons, and then a few days later, lo and behold, the episode is shown. Very strange!

    17 Oct 2006, 11:31


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