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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

6, 86, 53, 120, 35

i've determined that i have one complaint about my 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan .  the "random" feature on the cd/mp3 player is HORRIBLE.  i have three CD-RWs that i throw a bunch of music on and will often put the cd in, hit random and hope for the best.  what i've noticed in recent weeks is that on a CD with 140 songs i've been hearing the same songs over and over again when i'm driving so i thought to myself "i'm going to test out the random feature and see what happens."

the test: 
put in a cd, hit random several times to see which songs come up.  put in a second cd, see which songs come up.  re-try the first cd to see the results.  disc one has 135 songs, disc two has 143 songs.

the results: 
i noticed that hitting the random function several times on disc one produced an unfortunately predictable result:  tracks 6, 86, 53, 120, 35, 6, 86, 53, 120, 35... quite the pattern (i will admit that these may not be the exact track numbers as i'm going from memory, but i do remember that i heard the same 5 songs repeated).  disc two yielded a very similar result, but the really startling discovery was upon re-trying disc one i got the EXACT same results as the first attempt two more times in a row.

the conclusion:
there is a calculation that the random button uses to pick songs which is not necessarily random, but based on some sort of mathematical formula calculated against the number of tracks on the CD.

since this was a less-than-scientific method of testing i have determined that i'm going to actually take down the exact track numbers, compare them to the number of tracks on the cd and carry out this test on all three cds.  i will then use this formula to predict the "random" result of a soon-to-be-created disc four.  the conclusion of this experiment will be documented and forwarded to the Toyota corporation in the hopes that it will be either fixed or enhanced so that future generations of the Yaris MP3 CD player will be less predictable and therefore more enjoyable.

and no, it does not mean i'm a dork for conducting experiments on my car's cd player.

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  • At Tue Sep 26, 09:20:00 AM, Anonymous Tracey said…

    I hate to say it, but you are a dork. But I'd do the same thing. Maybe Mom stood too close to the microwave when she was carrying us.

    Then again, they didn't have microwaves when I was born. Yikes. Maybe it's da genes!

  • At Tue Sep 26, 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Cuppojoe said…

    I work for a computer / computer-related product wholesaler and I've seen this exact phenomenon with a variety of mp3 players. you can chalk it up to cheap components.

    Oh, yeah... And you are SO a dork (not that it's a bad thing...)


  • At Tue Sep 26, 10:35:00 PM, Blogger pirategirl said…

    Be careful if you conduct this experiment while driving.

  • At Wed Sep 27, 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Martini said…

    Experiments are awesome. I completely commend you for your efforts, which will probably result in your warranty cancellation from those bullies at Toyota Canada.


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