Party Shuffle on iPod

Q: Is there a way to use the “Party Shuffle” playlist on my iPod? It is, of course, in iTunes, but it doesn’t show up on my iPod. Thanks!

– Andy

A: You’re right – the Party Shuffle functionality is not even closely replicated by the iPod’s rudimentary On-The-Go Playlist functionality, and, unfortunately, there’s really nothing anyone can do about it officially.

An iPod operating system replacement project called Rockbox marginally improves upon the iPod’s On-The-Go Playlist functionality by allowing you to “Queue [a song] Next”, or re-order songs in the existing play lineup, but Rockbox’s rather technical installation and usage procedures are certainly not for everyone.

However, if you simply prefer Party Shuffle’s control-driven method of creating a playlist, and don’t need its on-the-fly manipulation capabilities while using your iPod, you can take Party Shuffle’s contents in iTunes, and dump them into an empty playlist.

In fact, it’s really easy to simply drag the “Party Shuffle” item itself from the Source column, and drop it on top of a blank playlist title just underneath it.