I am playing a 434 song playlist on a Windows Vista desktop, but operating from a Win10 Laptop.
I have long felt that shuffle is not very random, but in the last few days I have noticed something specific and cannot find reference to it on the community.
Basically shuffle seems to limit itself to the top portion of the playlist depending on how it is sorted. Whether it is limited to 50, or more I have not and don't have the time to determine.
So if sorted by song title, the shuffled playlist only contain songs beginning A-D. Same if sorted by Artist - A to D again (ignoring "The"). If by time added to playlist then only the most recent etc.
That is not shuffle, and also means that there must be a collection of tracks that would never be played in shuffle!
It sort of overwrites everybody's previous concerns about the less than random nature of shuffle, something that as far as I can tell has never been addressed.
Spotify would be better if it worked properly and stayed working.
(Paid member for many years!)