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October 15th, 2009

More experimentation with the imposter song glitch @ 09:23 pm

Location (or, in some REALLY old entries, insult to Detect Button): The 1,149-minute song better not be about the detect button

Celido Dioido - Declaration of 40 (Celine Dion - Declaration of Love pretending to be Dido - See You When You're 40)
I hit Pause at the right time, but too many times, so even though I got an imposter song, I missed out on the chance to plause it. By the way, I decided that due to the difficulty of getting an imposter song (Note: I originally wrote about this one before my pause timing starting getting better), I would try out things that, on a normal song, would have the same song playing afterwards (i.e. not hitting previous or next, etc.) unless the song was almost over. So I went into Cover Flow and it still showed the Life for Rent cover, so going into Cover Flow doesn't make the iPod realize "Oh, I'm actually playing Declaration of Love". I then looked at its position in shuffled order: 65 of 491. I then gave it a 5-star rating and added it to On-The-Go. The song then ended over a minute before I thought it would, since it turns out it doesn't show the real song's seek bar after all and Declaration of Love is shorter than See You When You're 40. The iPod stalled showing Declaration of Love for a few seconds, then moved to A Day Without Rain by Enya. So that's a new factor in letting a song play to the end. The shuffle position, rating, and addition to On-The-Go were all for See You When You're 40.

Several songs after Declaration of 40 and before Ice Arrow Fear
I have found that sometimes, when you pause a song the instant it ends, it shows up as that song being paused at the beginning until you unpause it, in which case it goes to the next song, though as a normal song. I haven't figured out what determines whether you'll get an imposter song or this result yet.

Enyarah Enychlan - Ice Arrow Fear (Enya - Ice Arrow, Ma [backwards version of Amarantine] pretending to be Sarah McLachlan - Fear)
I got this one twice in a row. The first time, I tried hitting previous, then hitting pause while my iPod is confused to see if it makes anything odd happen. It just pauses the iPod's attempt to figure out something to do. I then tried pausing right when my iPod went back to Fear, but either that doesn't make anything different happen or I just didn't pause at the right moment (it will be impossible to tell until I manage to get something different).

The second time, I let the song play to the end. Since the screen was showing a song longer than the one that was actually playing (the same as with Declaration of 40), it went into the two-part confusion interval. I tried pausing in the first half of that interval (or was it on the second half already?), but had forgotten that the song had been plaused all the way through, and thus missed any opportunity to prove anything about pausing in the confusion. I did prove that at least the first half of the confusion is the same between a playing and a plaused imposter song that pretends to be longer, though.

Savscal Gardtts - The Lover After to You (Savage Garden - The Lover After Me pretending to be Rascal Flatts - Here's to You)
I decided to let this play all the way through. (I had to pause it to type all of this, and thus lost the plause status) This time, the song actually playing was longer. After the length of Here's to You, the iPod continues playing The Lover After Me. The seek bar and the number to the right stay as completely blue-filled and -0:00, respectively, while the number on the left continues to increase.
Using the seek bar to skip, like, three seconds back while it was past the length of Here's To You made something very bizarre happen too fast for me to catch it all, but this is what I remember: The numbers on the sides of the seekbar changed to 0:00 and -1149:something. Then it started another imposter song:

Enyage Garden Enyarden - One Toy Lover After Me (Enya - One Toy Soldier pretending to be Savage Garden - The Lover After Me)
WHAT THE CATTLE-NOTING NOOSE MUG YOSHI?!?! Well, it seems that One Toy Soldier was going to be after The Lover After Me. Unfortunately, it is shorter than The Lover After Me, so I didn't get to try it again. So I tried pausing it the instant it ended and the instant the screen corrected itself, but I didn't manage to get anything different to happen.

Sarnya McLachlnya - Slowly Knee Fried Roses (Sarah McLachlan - Slowly Knee Fried Dido! [Trust backwards] pretending to be Enya - China Roses)
I tried Browse Album and Browse Artist, which, predictably, went to The Memory of Trees and Enya, respectively. Seeing the little speaker icon next to China Roses that meant it was playing gave me an idea: look for Slowly Knee Fried Dido! to see if it also had the speaker icon. Of course it didn't. Once it was almost through, I skipped past the end. It appeared to freeze for a bit, then Slowly Knee Fried Dido!: Not Lying Edition started playing. Since China Roses and Slowly Knee Fried Dido! are almost the same length, I don't know which one was longer.

All observations and things left to try so far
- If a normal song is paused the instant it ends, an imposter song appears. It is the next song with the first song still on the screen. It usually starts out plaused (playing while the screen shows paused).
> The elements of the first song that remain are: title, artist, album, album cover (even in Cover Flow), seek bar length, position in order (i.e. 65 of 491), rating (if you change the rating, it goes to the song that was on screen), addition to On-The-Go (if you try adding an imposter song to On-The-Go, the song on screen is the one added), browsing the album and artist, and the little speaker icon that shows what song is playing (it shows up for the first song, but not the second).
> If the last normal song is paused the instant it ends: ?
> Sometimes, instead of an imposter song, you get the song actually paused at the end, with the screen showing that it's paused at the beginning. Unpausing when this happens can either make the next song start normally or make it start as an imposter song. I am not sure what determines if this happens, or what happens when you unpause after it happens.
- If pause is pressed while a song is plaused, it goes to just playing. The pause button works the normal way afterwards, making it easy to miss out on plausing an imposter song due to pressing pause too many times.
- If previous is pressed during an imposter song:
> Within the first second: Goes to song before the song the screen said was playing, as a normal song. Play/pause/plause status carries over to this song.
>> If the screen showed the first song: ?
> After that: iPod gets confused for a second as the numbers to the sides of the seekbar change to 0:00 and the length of the song the screen shows, then it goes to the beginning of the song the screen was showing (as a normal song again). Play/pause/plause status carries over.
>> If pause is pressed in the confusion: Nothing different happens, unless it has to be pressed the instant the iPod figures out what to do in order for anything different to happen.
- If imposter song plays all the way through:
> Pretending to be a shorter song:
>> Playing:
>>> After the length of the song on screen, the seekbar and the number to the right of it stay the same, while the number to the left keeps increasing.
>>> After actual song: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
>> Plaused:
>>> After the length of the song on screen, the seekbar and the number to the right of it stay the same, while the number to the left keeps increasing?
>>> After actual song: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
> Pretending to be a longer song:
>> Playing: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song (the lack of a question mark here is not a typo)
>> Plaused: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song? (So far I've only proven that the first half of the confusion is like that in this case)
> If last song pretending to be second-to-last:
>> Last song is longer: ?
>> Second-to-last song is longer: ?
- If imposter song is skipped:
> Pretending to be a shorter song:
>> Playing: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
>> Paused: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
>> Plaused: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
> Pretending to be a longer song:
>> Playing: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
>> Paused: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
>> Plaused: Appears to be frozen for about 4 seconds (the screen changes to the song that was actually playing after about 2), then goes to song after song that was actually playing, as a normal song?
> If last song pretending to be second-to-last:
>> Last song is longer: ?
>> Second-to-last song is longer: ?
- If iPod is left alone long enough for it to turn off if it were paused, but while plaused: ?
- If seek bar is used on an imposter song:
> Pretending to be longer, to skip past the end of the actual song: Appears to freeze for a second, then replays the song but with the screen showing the correct song?
>> Done with last song pretending to be second-to-last: ?
> Pretending to be shorter, to skip past the end of the song on screen: Appears to freeze for a second, then replays the song but with the screen showing the correct song?
>> Done with last song pretending to be second-to-last: ?
> Pretending to be shorter, to skip from the end of the song on screen back to a point that exists in that song: It won't even let you do that. Skipping back even slightly causes the screen to briefly change the numbers on the sides of the seekbar to 0:00 and -1149:something, then go to the song after the song that was actually playing, pretending to be the song that was actually playing.
>> Done with last song pretending to be second-to-last: ?
> Right now I don't feel like going into iTunes to see the play and skip counts of Here's To You, The Lover After Me, One Toy Soldier, China Roses, and Slowly Knee Fried Dido! to see if doing this put anything strange there, so this is a reminder to do that eventually.
- If pause is pressed during the two-part confusion when an imposter song ends or is skipped: Nothing different, with the possible exceptions of the below:
> Instant the iPod starts being confused: I didn't see anything, but I might not have paused at the right instant
> Instant the screen corrects itself: Ditto
> Instant the iPod figures out what to do: ?

EDIT: Sorry for the bad formatting; I still need to figure out bullet points in HTML.

 
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:October 24th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
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See? You are already very creative.
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From:matt1993
Date:October 24th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
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This is different from writing a parody of a poem though.

Edited at 2009-10-24 08:21 pm (UTC)

Tidbits of Matt's Life

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