[Air-l] iTunes

Peter Timusk ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 17 19:09:30 PDT 2006


Hi Steph

your would have to ask the Apple engineers about how they build the  
algorithm...you need to ask about probabilities or setting for RND  
(random in computer programing) settings.

You could also test it and find the relative frequencies of songs  
inclusions.

This would give you quantitative answers.


For qualitative answers I would suggest asking musicians who support  
being paid excess amounts of money and other musicians who might  
support free music. Also ask musicians who think they might benefit  
by their song being in one of your random plays i.e musicians seeking  
exposure but perhaps not money.



Peter





On 17-Sep-06, at 5:00 PM, Stephanie Jo Kent wrote:


> Ok.  Here's the deal.  I'm really dumb about a lot of this stuff.  I
> just updated iTunes to 7.0.  Did a Party Shuffle.  I'm wondering about
> the "randomness factor".  Specifically, the chances that a sequence of
> several songs would fall into sync?
>
> I'm interested in qualitative answers as well as any quantitative
> results.  For instance, is there some snoop software that reads my
> measurable statistics in relation to online music?
>
> steph
> http://www.reflexivity.us
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