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"repeat one"

since the invention of audio CDs, there's been a curious feature built into almost every CD player i've ever encountered called "repeat one."

i mean, sure. every now and again i'll listen to a single track over and over because i like it That Much, or (more likely) because i'm working to get it in my head well enough when i'm thinking about how i want to write a stepchart or how i want to modify the music or whatever. but it seems to me that the use of "repeat one" is so rare in comparison to "repeat all" that people are used to automatically hitting the repeat button twice to get to "repeat all" in the same way that people learned to do "del *.* [enter] y [enter]" all in one fluid motion as opposed to two separate processes.

so fine. we acknowledge the fact that "repeat one" is generally an antiquated idea that never made sense in the first place. but the idea was defined so early in the design of the medium that it's not a "feature" as much as a standard, and as such, MP3 players and MD players and DAT players and even fekking DVD players have a "repeat one" function as well. because if it *didn't* exist on those players, even if a person never uses it, it would feel weird. i'd go even so far to say that if "repeat one" came *after* "repeat all" as a cascading button function, it would also feel weird.

personally i think it would be better to make a repeat button toggle between two things: "repeat off" and "repeat all." for the small majority of people who do like to use "repeat one" on occasion, activate it another way. hold the repeat button down is the most obvious choice.

plus, all of the people who don't read manuals thoroughly probably wouldn't pick up on a subtelty like that, having been used to the current "repeat one" aesthetic. which is fine because it would cause more customer service calls which would create the need for more headcount, which means more jobs for our fine citizens of this country.

land of opportunity. that's what we've got here.

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eversorachel
Dec. 14th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
here's a llama, there's a llama, and another little llama
fuzzy llama, funny llama, llama, llama, duck
ktmoss
Dec. 15th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
you're silly and i like it.
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