Your iPod nano can play songs (and other audio content) in listing order (default), or in random order (shuffle mode). The latest, 5th generation, iPod nanos also come with a new feature called "Shake to shuffle", which allows you to skip to a random song simply by shaking your iPod. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to turn shuffle on or off, how to place the Shuffle command right on the Main Menu, how to play in shuffle (random order) an entire artists songs or playlists, and how to enable or disable "shake to shuffle".
By default, your iPod nano plays music in the order in which it is listed; but you can listen to your music in random order, using either "shuffle by song", which plays one song after the other, in random order, without regards for album or artist, or "shuffle by album". In that case, your iPod will play an entire album in the "correct" order, and then switch to playing a completely random album, regardless of artists or playlist. To enable shuffle by song or shuffle by album for all music, follow these steps:
This global setting affects how your iPod nano plays back your music. The rest of this tutorial explains other, manual, options to switch to shuffle's random mode as desired.
Using its built-in accelerometer, the latest version of the iPod nano can sense when you shake it, and determine whether or not to play a random song at that point. For "shake-to-shuffle" to work, it needs to be enabled:
If you run, or move about a lot, disabling shake to shuffle may be a good idea, as you'll probably switch to random songs by mistake. You can always turn on shake-to-shuffle as needed, and leave it off most of the time (we have, for this reason - now way currently to customize the shake-to-shuffle sensitivity).
As mentioned earlier, you can have your iPod nano's shuffle function turned off all the time, but switch to shuffle manually, as desired, without having to have shake-to-shuffle enabled either.
To play an artists songs, album, playlist, genre, (etc.) in shuffle mode, temporarily, follow these steps:
This manual method has the advantage of (1) allowing you to leave shake-to-shuffle turned off on your iPod nano, and (2) not have to have shuffle-by-song or shuffle-by-album enabled by default. In other words, true shuffle available on demand!