Whenever I play a playlist of music using VLC (possibly other software too), I notice that some songs never get played while others get played repeatedly (
even for a playlist of just 8 songs).
I know from my days as a computer science undergrad student that practical randomness is often good enough so we don't bother with true randomness for many applications. But I'd like to understand this better.
- why is real randomness not worth the effort?
- does pseudo-randomness not follow a uniform distribution?
- are software developers perfectly aware of behavior like I see in VLC and just see a tiny market segment as caring about it?
EDIT: actually, my VLC issue might be because of a broken link! But I'm sure I've seen this behavior with other music players like Apple Music. So apologies to the good folks who develop VLC.