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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Party Shuffle: When You Want to Play DJ

The standard iTunes song shuffle feature can be inspiring or embarrassing, depending on which songs the program happens to play. Party Shuffle lets you control which songs iTunes selects when it's shuffling at your next wingding. It also shows you what's already been played and what's coming up in the mix, so you'll know what to expect.

Click the Party Shuffle icon in the Playlists area of the iTunes Source list. Now you see a new pane at the very bottom of iTunes.

Use the Source pop-up menu to select a music source for the mix. You can use either an existing playlist or your whole library.

If you don't like the song list that iTunes proposes, click the Refresh button at the bottom right of the iTunes window. iTunes generates a new list of songs for your consideration.

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Arrange the songs if you feel like it. You can manually add songs, delete them from the playlist, or rearrange the playing order. To add songs, click the Source list's Music icon and then drag your selected tunes onto the Party Shuffle icon.

Click the Play button. And let the music play on.

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