Ipod shuffle play count not updating
First, one study using Amazon data has shown that many ratings (where the rater isn't required to add any additional information other than the rating they select) show a bimodal distribution.In other words the distribution of ratings tends to cluster around two different numbers (e.g., 1 and 5) rather than offering a normal distribution where the ratings cluster around a single height (e.g., 3).A very powerful feature, Smart Playlists, can dynamically create sophisticated playlists based on ratings.All of this makes rating music on i Tunes very useful.If you use i Tunes with an i Pod, you can change the rating of a song on your i Pod and the change will be reflected in your i Tunes database the next time you sync your i Pod.The "Shuffle Songs" feature available on more modern i Pods has an option to have songs with higher ratings be played more often.They have to meet the following criteria: they make me feel good or excite me no matter how often I listen to them, I can typically listen to them often without getting tired of them, and they are the best of their particular genre.
Items that are rated 4 and 5 are ones that I carry on my i Pod Shuffle.
Thus the median of these ratings is not an accurate reflection of product quality, but instead is a statement of conflicting opinions.
Second, our own study using RPGnet data has shown that many ratings (where the rater does add additional information, in this case a full review) offer normal distributions, however it is biased toward the high end of the scale.
I had far too many songs rated with 4 Stars, and almost nothing rated 1 or 2. So over the last few months I've completely revamped my i Tunes ratings.
Since I can't change the user interface, I've changed my behavior.