I just got my iPad2 five days ago. I synced with my PC to copy all of my iTunes songs on my iPad2. On my PC, when I open iTunes, I can go to my Purchased list of songs and randomly put a check mark to, say, five or six unrelated songs (i.e., not from the same CD or performer) and iTunes will then play those songs. Most importantly, the check marks next to all of those songs will remain visible.
But I can't figure out how to do that on my iPad2. If I open up the iPod icon on my iPad2 and go to my list of Purchased songs, when I check on one song, the check mark will show next to it. But if I try to check a second song, the check mark for the first song will disappear and the check mark will then appear next to the second song, which will then start playing. In other words, only will check mark at a time will ever be visible. And the last song I check off is the one that will play first. But then the next song to play will not be one of the other four or five songs I checked off. Instead, the next song to play will be the one on my Purchased list that is immediately below the song that just played, and the songs will keep playing in sequential order like that instead of playing the particular five or six songs I wanted it to play.
I read a lot of e-books and like to listen to my songs when I do so. But the way things are now, I have to go to iPod, check off a song to play, go back to iBooks, read until that song finishes, then go back to iPod and check off another song. Thus, I have to keep interrupting my reading every time a song finishes.
I have tried the Shuffle button at the top of my Purchased list of songs but that does not do the trick. I'm basically trying to get iTunes/iPod on my iPad2 to work the way it does on my computer. Does anyone know how to do this?