iPod Shuffle Conspiracy

There is an article in The Age magazine today on the shuffle feature on iPods and one journalists quest to find out whether it is truly random. Turns out it most likely is and the feeling we get when several songs from the same artist are played is our own difficulties in understanding probability distributions.

Nonetheless, this all sounds like a great premise for a conspiracy related novel or movie whereby the evil doers program an algorithm into the iPod shuffle feature that plays songs in a certain order sending subliminal messages to listeners and brainwashing them in accord with their evil plans. I am not going to write this plot but when you see it, remember that you heard it here first.

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