No, this isn't a plug for Apple's screenless iPod. It's a simple, joyful instruction. There are some of us, I know, who don't always use the 'shuffle' or 'random' functions on our DAPs. Certainly, those using ATRAC do so because they want to play albums precisely as the artists intended these - so playing tracks out of order must seem to them ... well, out of order. But today, I've been in shuffle mode - and it's put me in a good mood. From my collection of 3662 (and counting) tracks, I've heard tunes by Mariah Carey, Mendelssohn, The Muppets (yes, The Muppets!), Monty Python, Metallica and Michelle Branch. And that's just a selection from the 'M's. Isn't this partly what having a DAP is about? Having such a wide and diverse collection of tracks right there in the palm of your hand means you not only have exactly the right tune for your mood at any given time, but you also have a variety of tunes to help you experience a range of moods whenever the ... er ... mood takes you. So, if you've not shuffled or randomised your player's tracks in a while, may I suggest you do? It might lead you to rediscover some of the dustier corners of your music collection. Or just amuse you when, sitting on a commuter train packed with peope in suits, you suddenly hear Eric Idle singing, 'I Like Chinese' ... Go figure. Go shuffle!