this thing is not intuitive at all (or I am getting old)! A few questions: 1. (the most important) is there a way to shuffle songs within a playlist (I've imported certain playlists fro iTunes). If not, is there a way to shuffle them up on iTunes (still within playlist) and then import it? 2. how do you turn the thing off? 3. what else should I know that I clearly will never discover myself?
1) The whole iPod can be set into Shuffle mode which will shuffle anything that you play not just the playlist you're in at the moment. Go to the top menu and select "Settings", then "Shuffle" until next to "Shuffle" it says "Songs". Set it to "Off" when you want it back in normal play mode.
2) Hold down the Play/Pause button for a few seconds and it'll turn itself off.
I've got a fairly new iPod, on older ones things might be slightly different, let me know if the things above don't work.