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I'm experimenting with spotify again (to make life easier when switching between work and personal devices) and though I'm traditionally a full album listener, I'm beginning to understand one possible draw towards shuffled mixes: It's so much harder to let it drift into the background - my expectations keep being disrupted.

That sounds like a bad thing (it is when I'm trying to work) but I can see how it'd lead to closer listening too.

I start noticing the song more if the new one is something I know but feels out of context, less going from a song I know to one I don't.

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Also, what sort of bastard algorithm puts The Smiths after The Pixies - especially at this time of the morning. Have a heart.

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