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Yes, the iPod really is random

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We've all heard it: "OMG!  My iPod always plays Alicia Keys!  It loves her as much as I do!"  Apple's engineers swear that the shiny white music players actually do use pseudo-randomizing algorithms for shuffle play.  The people at Newsweek were kind enough to verify this with Steve Jobs when they found that their iPod had an unhealthy obsession with Steely Dan (it happens).  The conclusion?  People love their iPods so much that they look for patterns in the pseudo-randomness.  It's what we do, as humans.

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