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Old 08-07-2004, 05:55 PM
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Can I just Shuffle a Genre?

I used to have a Nomad, as you will see from my signiture, and it was able to shuffle categories - such as genres, artists, albums, etc.

Is iPod able to do this? Or it can just shuffle the entire collection of everything?
 
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You have to make a playlist of those in iTunes (if you are using iTunes only). That should be a hard task if your music is already organized. Then turn shuffle on while playing that playlist.



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So I can only shuffle playlists? How do I turn shuffle on during a playlist exactly (name steps). I got 4G iPod with the newest software update
 
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Old 08-07-2004, 07:33 PM
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Is it really possible to shuffle a playlist? I can only shuffle my entire collection.
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Old 08-07-2004, 10:50 PM
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To shuffle a genre:

Make sure you have the Genre menu turned on in Settings > Main Menu, whether you have it on the main menu or inside the Music/Browse menu.

Go to Settings > Shuffle. Turn on Shuffle to "Songs". Go back to the main menu, or Browse/Music, wherever you have the Genre menu. Select "Genre", and then HIGHLIGHT a specific genre you want to shuffle. Press the Play button. All those songs inside that genre should play back in random order.

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Old 08-07-2004, 10:55 PM
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I really hope the next 4G firmware makes the "Shuffle Songs" feature into a menu containing "Library" follow by all one's playlists.
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Old 08-07-2004, 11:02 PM
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An addendum, you DON'T have to make a playlist if you want to shuffle a specific artist, album, genre, or whatever. The "Shuffle Songs" option in the main menu does not turn on or off "global" shuffling. What this item does is load in ALL of the songs on your iPod (sans audiobooks) and plays them back in random order. It is a temporary shuffled playlist of all your songs. To turn on shuffling for ANY playlist, genre, artist, album or whatever, you go into Settings located on the main menu, and toggle the "Shuffle" command to "Songs" to turn on global shuffling.

To answer the last member's question, to shuffle a specific playlist, activate Shuffle inside the Settings menu, NOT using the "Shuffle Songs" command on the main menu. Then go back to the specific playlist you want to shuffle, highlight the playlist name (DO NOT select the playlist itself) and press the Play button.
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Old 08-08-2004, 05:00 AM
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Thanks for the shuffling genre tip ZoidbergD, it's useful as hell :]
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Old 08-08-2004, 10:36 AM
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Why dont people just TRY things before they ask?

Surely you could have tried it out first, its not rocket science really, turn on shuffle, go to Genre and of course it will shuffle the songs in there. Even though that might not be obvious to everyone but surely trying it first would show it!?





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Old 08-09-2004, 02:03 PM
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I have sort of the opposite problem. Have a bunch of stuff in a particular genre, with a few songs in many versions by different artists. Would like to be able to play the genre in order by song title (instead of by artist -- album -- song title) so that I could compare. Sure, I could set up a playlist to do this, but I'd love to have enhanced sorting capabilities on the iPod directly. Sorting descending would be nice too.



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