There is something about Windows Media player that is freaking me out these days .. Unlike the old me that used to have just 15-20 songs in the playlist at a time .. these days I have 477 songs in the playlist. And I have the shuffle clicked .. which in lame terms means that I should not be hearing songs in the order they appear on the playlist.
Now, the problem is not that I am hearing songs in a sequential order ..but today morning I realised that there are songs on my playlist that I have’nt heard since the formation of this play list. The shuffle functionality has a particular liking to Beatles and John Denver .. Both of whom are not really the kind of music I would prefer to hear when I am desperately hoping that the next song would be a Comfortably Numb kind. And the problem is not just beatles or john Denver … the problem is that there are some particular songs from these two that are played again and again and again and again .. with no regard to the shuffle click. I have to make the extra effort to open the WMP window and select the song of my liking but as soon as that song is over .. Guess what .. we are back to Beatles or John .. And trust me .. I have tried this about ten times since morning. It’s not even as though I have a large Beatles collection .. there are just some 20 odd songs .. and as for John, not even that many .. today morning I realized I had the FRIENDS track on my play list .. today morning i realized that I had PJ-Last Kiss on my play list .. today morning I realized that I had Unforgiven on the playlist. I have’nt heard these songs for about five days now. And then , there are songs from Beatles and John that the shuffle has taken a particular liking to .. I am tired of hearing Turn,turn , turn .. yes it’s nostaligic and all .. but i have had enough of it now .. I am wondering about how really does this shuffle work .. is it really the shuffle as it should be .. or is it a customized shuffle that selects songs that appeals to M$ WMP programmers ??
Ps -> I remember reading something like this about I-pod shuffle functionality on Wired .. and that is why this is even more scary .. are all these big companies plotting against some artists to make them less popular 🙂 ?? ( actually , the same last conclusion was drawn by the Wired writer about I-pod programmers )