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Old 06-28-2004, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How Does Winamp's "Shuffle" work?

What sorta pattern does it use?It cant be completely random, when ever i use it,it sometimes sticks to the same beat(hiphop) but a different artist over the track. Or it stays with the same artist and a different song/beat.
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Old 06-28-2004, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go into options, and you can switch the percentage of its suffle.
sounds to me you % is really low....
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I need to try that, cuz mine definitely doesn't play the whole list once before repeating songs on shuffle
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There is no such thing as 'completely random' on a computer.
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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There is no such thing as 'completely random' on a computer.
--titled philosophy
is there such a thing as 'completely random' anywhere?
/-- tilted philosophy

Maybe you can take a look at this for a discussion of X11AMP's (xmms, winamp-look-a-like) shuffle algorithm:
click here
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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nice find on that link Silvy - an answer you can actually use
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Old 06-29-2004, 08:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I wish there was something a little more random for the suffle feature. It seems to me, that the random fuction plays in a set pattern. I will commonly hear songs that I have recently played, but the songs I rarely play will never come up on random.
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Old 06-29-2004, 09:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There used to be a winamp program that "fixed" the shuffle problem. I can't remember the name of it. The user could rate the current song being played. Those with a high value were played more often than those with a low value.

It was a really neat learning algorithm.

Shame I can't remember the name of it (and a quick google search doesn't reveal anything promising).
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I sort my playlist with the 'randomize' option a few times and then play straight through from the top of the list, instead of just using 'shuffle' on a list sorted in order. It's much better, I rarely ever get the same sequence of songs.
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I sort my playlist with the 'randomize' option a few times and then play straight through from the top of the list, instead of just using 'shuffle' on a list sorted in order. It's much better, I rarely ever get the same sequence of songs.
I've found this method to be the best way as well when dealing with albums thrown together on a playlist.
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Old 06-30-2004, 02:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There used to be a winamp program that "fixed" the shuffle problem. I can't remember the name of it. The user could rate the current song being played. Those with a high value were played more often than those with a low value.

It was a really neat learning algorithm.

Shame I can't remember the name of it (and a quick google search doesn't reveal anything promising).

http://www.synapseai.com/index.asp

But it really didn't work too well for me. It hasn'be been developed on for quite some time.
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Old 07-01-2004, 06:20 AM   #13 (permalink)
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as they said above. Shuffle the playlist, then play straight through. Turn off shuffle on the winamp window.
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Old 07-01-2004, 07:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I had WinAmp play the same song twice in a row when on random (20 Gig library). At the time, that convinced me it truly was random. What do I know...
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