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The ShufflePlay Game

Last week, we discussed how the iPod Shuffle was the new radio. Its a straight forward thesis, hard to argue against.

Have a gander at a this meme making its rounds on the net — evincing even more evidence that the radio business model of playing music is fading:

This week, we are discovering proof of this all over the
web, via what’s been called The ShufflePlay Game.  (I put up my own version of the ShufflePlay Game over here and here).

Here’s a short list of blogs posting variations of Shuffle Play:

The Republic of T.:   Music for the Masses   

Scott’s PlaceShuffle play   

Matthew Yglesias: Shuffle!

essays & effluvia: Shuffle Play

The Fly Bottle:  Shuffle Game

Stumbling and Mumbling    Shuffle and see    

Crescat Sententia:   Potpourri

divine angst: my ipod’s shuffler

Grammar.police: iPost

Class MaledictorianTerrible Taste

Knowledge Problem:   WHILE WE’RE IN A MUSIC VEIN …

Mansfield Fox:   Know Me by My Music

Death in the Afternoon: Six Hour Exams 

aworks :: "new" american classical music: Wedge (1961). Roger Reynolds

essays & effluvia: More Shuffle Play

Cobb:   Self Indulgent Twenty

The Republic of T. gets props for being the earliest of these I’ve found — dating all the back to April 2, 2004. Scott’s Place gets special mention for having assembled at least 7 random shuffle collections (Kudos!).

If you know of any other shuffle play posts, please let me know, and I’ll add them to the list . . .

(listed bloggers feel free to trackback to this post).


Lastly, check out Professor Booty’s analysis of the Math of Random/Shuffle Play

Okay, let’s say you have 2500 songs. To simplify, let’s say that’s 10 songs per album for a total of 250 albums. And we’ll define "repeat" as "hearing a song from the same album you’ve already heard a song from". How often will you hear a repeat (by that definition)?

By the time you get to the 20th song, the odds of having heard at least one repeat by the same artists is an extremely surprising 76%!

I’d love to see that math verified . . .

UPDATE:  January 24, 2005 6:30 am

Tobias Brandt weighs in on the subject of the Math of shuffle play

"I disagree with Prof. Booty’s analysis of the probability of getting a repeat album within 20 songs and my own analysis puts the odds at 54%.  (See spreadsheet used to get the result).  The spreadsheet also has the benefit of being able to account for excluding repeats of previous songs, a feature many  media players have.

Download song_repeat_probability.xls

Prof Booty:  Not sure what accounts for your mistake but generally speaking one can’t just sum probabilities and it’s best to  look at things like this in terms of a probability tree diagram.

I wish I could get all my questions answered so quickly and succinctly!


UPDATE II:  February 6, 2005 11:31 am
If you are curious how the Pod actually makes its shuffle decision, check out:
A Look Inside the iPod Shuffle

hat tip:  iPoditude

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iPod shuffle = new radio ?

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A Different Kind of Top 10 Music List For 2004

It’s year’s end, and that means list time.

The annoying thing about the ubiquitous year end list — best Books, best Movies, best Albums — is that they tend to be compiled by people who read, watch or listen to stuff for a living.

Most of the listed items are nanoseconds old. And while that’s de rigueur for someone who does that professionally, it has little correlation to the lives the rest of us lead. Gotta job, family, obligations? Then you probably don’t get to listen to hundreds of new releases each year. Good luck then, making an intelligent top 10 list.

Movies? The days of waiting on line opening night are long since gone for this old man. A majority of the films I ended up renting, buying or pay-per-viewing this year were not 2004 releases. Wanna make a helpful list for me? Tell me the best stuff on HBO next weekend; Knowing 2004′s most critically acclaimed Eastern European documentaries is of little use for most people.

OK, rant over. Here’s a different kind of top 10 list; these favorite CDs are what actually got listened to in 2004. While a few of these came out this year, that wasn’t a requirement. These are what actually spent the most time this year on the iPod or in the CD player of a person with a job and an ever decreasing amount of spare time.

The task was made infinitely easier by iTunes, which shows me the chronological order of when CDs were ripped, and purchases made via ITMS, or downloads via a P2P service, as well as the number of plays each song got. Incidentally, the correlation between my downloaded P2P tunes and subsequent CD purchases is extremely high; I’ll bet others have had similar experiences. Don’t expect an RIAA study looking into that phenomenon anytime soon . . .

Anyway, on to the top 10 list:.

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Roman Candle  Says Pop

Roman Candle’s debut is a joyful assortment of finely crafted pop
tunes. If FM Radio didn’t suck, this is the sort of music you would be
hearing on it right now. Finely crafted lyrics mated to delightful
melodies delivered by a tight power pop five-some in a surprisingly
slick production. Like nearly all the discs on this list, this one is
really good from start to finish.

Why didn’t you ever hear of these guys? Roman Candle hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and signed with an independent label. No payola, no Clearchannel — and no radio play.

Roman Candle   Says Pop

Bonus:  I discovered Roman Candle through BBC 2’s Bob Harris Check him out.

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