The latest version of itunes has a hidden feature called “smart shuffle.” This feature allows you to set the probability of having songs from the same artist or album appear next to each other as you randomly play your itunes. I’ve had fun with this because one of the things I really like about itunes shuffle is that it takes the “what shall I listen to” issue out of my hands while I’m working. I can have itunes on much of the day, get cool music continuously and not think about what I should play next. It's like Bob Radio. My daughter Meredith tells me that at least one other professor listens to my itunes too - apparently Bob Radio has at least one fan outside my office too.
Now that I have smart shuffle my computer puts me in a certain artist’s “zone” for a while. Yesterday, for example, I heard most of the Aqualung album with a few other songs in the middle just for variety. Very cool indeed.
A new thing
2 months ago