How to Get Music on My iPod to Shuffle

by Chelle Handley
The iPod Nano's "Shake and Shuffle" randomly plays songs from its music library.

The iPod Nano's "Shake and Shuffle" randomly plays songs from its music library.

The iPod's shuffle feature plays music by skipping randomly through the songs and albums loaded onto the device. For the iPod Touch and iPod Nano 6G, shaking the device prompts it to skip the song currently playing and choose a new one. Additionally, the shuffle feature for both the iPod Nano 6G and the iPod Classic can be programmed to automatically shuffle through the entire music library.

Shake to Shuffle: iPod Touch and iPod Nano 6G

1

Power up the iPod.

2

Tap "Settings," then tap "Music."

3

Locate the "Shake to Shuffle" text. Tap the "Off" button to slide it to "On." Return to the home screen.

Set Auto Shuffle: iPod Nano 6G

1

Power up the iPod Nano.

2

Swipe through the screens and tap the "Songs" icon.

3

Tap "Shuffle" located at the top of the list of songs. Return to the home screen.

Set Auto Shuffle While Song Plays: iPod Nano 6G

1

Tap the "Now Playing" icon on the home screen.

2

Touch the bottom of the screen and swipe your finger to the left.

3

Tap the crossed arrows to activate the shuffle feature. Return to the home screen.

Set Auto Shuffle: iPod Classic

1

Power up the iPod Classic. Press and hold the "Menu" located at the top of the scroll wheel.

2

Scroll and highlight "Settings." Click the center of the scroll wheel.

3

Scroll down and highlight "Shuffle." Click the center of the scroll wheel until "Songs" appears on the screen to shuffle songs, "Albums" to set the iPod to play albums in random order.

4

Press and hold the "Menu" located at the top of the scroll wheel to save the settings and return to the home screen.

Set Auto Shuffle While Song Plays: iPod Classic

1

Scroll through to the "Now Playing" screen.

2

Press the center of the scroll wheel three times, until the "Off," "Songs" and "Albums" buttons appear on the bottom of the screen.

3

Scroll through the buttons until the "On" button appears. Press the center of the scroll wheel to save the settings.

About the Author

Chelle Handley has been writing professionally since 2000, covering travel, tourism and information technology. She has contributed to the "Destination Los Angeles" and "Meeting & Travel Planners Guide," which promotes Los Angeles and its environments to the public. Handley is pursuing a master's degree in informatics at Northwestern University.

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