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Answered by nilufer 2009-05-12:
In a situation where you can’t see the display or access the controls (for example with an iPod Shuffle, or when I have my iPod mini hooked up to my car stereo and I have to control it with the CD changer controls which only allow skipping and turning the shuffle on or off) this “random searching” is actually a pretty good strategy. Basically you randomly skip through songs until you get to the artist you are looking for. Once finding the artist, turn off the shuffle part and search one song at a time until you find the one you are looking for! Pretty straightforward and a fun way, well ok, a way to pass the time while sitting in