Rockin’ Around The Christmas What What?

Background source: eclair (Flickr)

Background source: eclair (Flickr)

There I was, in my office, headphones safely ensconced over my grimy ears, listening to music that made blood trickle down my external auditory meatus, minding my own business. Those are the conditions under which I work the best.

Suddenly… what’s that? Brenda Lee?

There goes my toe a tappin’. And I just lost the ability to properly nest my code. What was I working on again?

Yep. Christmas music in April. What’s wrong with this picture? My wife knew something was up when she heard me in the kitchen. “And we’ll do some caroling.” She just shook her head.

Little did she know it wasn’t my fault. I’m here to tell you about the feature that time Apple forgot.

It’s an idea so simple and elegant that Apple probably worried it would make them a bit too cool. Apple knows there’s a law of diminishing returns on coolness.

The missing feature I’m talking about, of course, is a “Festive” system that tells Shuffle to omit music flagged as “seasonal” during certain months of the year. If enabled, for example, seasonal music would only play Nov. 15 through Dec. 27th or so. (The actual dates could be adjustable.)

While I hold my breath and wait for Apple to get right on this humble request, who wants to lend me a hand? These halls aren’t going to deck themselves! It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas around here. And, baby, it’s cold outside!

6 responses

  1. NotAPunkRocker | Reply

    Every time I play the song shuffle game, I have to hope that I removed all of the South Park Christmas Album from the ipod. I know the feeling.


    1. Yep! Mr. Hankey and Merry F’ing Christmas are in the rotation! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! 🙂


  2. ItMatterstoGrey | Reply

    I like your style and your posts….



    1. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. That’s so perfectly “Apple” in its complete and unnecessary “bell/whistle”.

    The next update will integrate “Festive” into its iTunes Mood Analyzer Module and play happier music when it feels that you’re down.


    1. In other words, always? 🙂

      I had four Christmas songs Friday morning in my first hour of work. The iTunes shuffle feature can also be moody.


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