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When I ask Cortana to "shuffle all music", sometimes it works yet sometimes I still get my songs played in alphabetical order. Why is this? Is there a special instruction I should say so I can get my songs in random order?

I'm running Windows Phone 8.1.

  • When Cortana responds to you, does the text always say "shuffle music"? If not, she may not be hearing you fully. – caschw Apr 24 '14 at 12:27
  • @caschw I checked and it does. – Crono Apr 24 '14 at 12:29
  • Even when it plays alphabetical? – caschw Apr 24 '14 at 12:30
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    @caschw Yes. In fact, if I say play all music sometimes it will play it in random order. So it seems no matter how I ask for music, she ends up deciding if the list should be random or not. – Crono Apr 24 '14 at 12:32
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    To be pedantic, alphabetical order is one random order (as is in album order) – Rowland Shaw Apr 24 '14 at 20:57
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Actually, as Rowland Shaw points out, there is a small change that a random list will be an alphabetical list and thereby playing the music in an alphabetical order is random. Cortana is just playing with you, It's a part of her personality :)

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List of Cortana Music Commands:

  • Play artist (Play Alicia Keys)
  • Play song title (Play We are the Champions)
  • Play genre (Play Jazz)
  • Play playlist (Play Old School Rap Playlist)
  • Play album (Play Ready to Die)
  • Pause the music
  • Resume the music
  • Play the next track
  • Play the previous track
  • Shuffle the music
  • What song is playing?

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