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Party Jukebox iconI tried iTunes 4.5's new Party Jukebox feature at Claus' party last Saturday and my verdict is a simple No Sir, I didn't like it.

It's just too unsophisicated. Letting it shuffle the whole Library is out of question anyway – who'd want Sigur Rós or Bach for dancing? So I need to make a special playlist. But even within within a dedicated party playlist there are bound to be songs that just don't go together. You'd expect the German music to be played as a group and similarly you wouldn't want to mix electronic and pop music (and even hip hop, if you're so inclined) randomly. Thus, an effort has to be made to separate these different styles – which in turn requires both preparation and interaction with iTunes during the party. Both things I hoped iTunes tries to avoid with this feature.

Random and Shuffle buttons - along with those useless Index controls. So my bottom line for this is Thanks, but no thanks. If I have to put in this much preparation, I'll rather make a proper playlist with much better results.

No, I don't like shuffle mode on the CD player either.

Says the guy whose CD player has both a shuffle and a random mode.

May 5, 2004, 23:12

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Comment by Michael McCracken: User icon

Agreed [1], if we get 20 people together, it’ll be a movement…

The best thing about my unimplemented idea is that it learns from you. You could start out by saying some genres don’t go together, but eventually some randomness will creep in and you’ll find that “Buckets of Rain” by Bob Dylan makes a great bridge between “Vibrate” by OutKast and “Self Righteous” by 3rd eye blind…

[1] Shuffle: michael-mccracken.net

May 6, 2004, 0:07

Comment by d.w.: User icon

What it needs is for you to be able to introduce more elements of bias into the shuffle process, besides the star ratings.

May 6, 2004, 13:48

Comment by dna: User icon

i think the whole idea is that the party shuffle lets you see whats coming up so you can quickly delete unwanted songs before they play … of course making some core playlists for different moods helps tons …

December 18, 2004, 8:06

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