Hat tip to CB over at Monitormix for providing the best paragraph I read today. It's on the very relevant notion: the iPod shuffle.
"The drawbacks of the shuffle feature mean more work for the listener -- and iPod shuffle should be about passivity, about letting go. I suppose that's the crux of the problem for me. In the shuffle mode, I spend most of my time hitting fast forward until I find a song I feel like listening to; I can't help but try to carve out a story. I love contrast and the blending of genres, so it's not about disparity. It is, however, about intention. What iPod shuffle lacks is one of the best parts of a great mix -- album sequence, or a justification for why one song follows another."
I am so very glad to know I'm not the only one who feels some measure of anxiety thanks to this 'feature.'
I concur, I concur.