Apple Seems to Have Forgotten the Play Button in the iOS 10 Music App

In previous versions of iOS, playing an album or playlist was simple. You’d find the item you wanted to play, then tap its artwork, where there was a BIG PLAY BUTTON.

But in iOS 10, there is no Play button. Here’s what you see when you view an album on an iPad:

Play album

And when looking at a playlist, you see this:

Play playlist

Neither of these screens shows a play button. Tapping the album artwork does nothing. The only play control you see is the Shuffle All text; and not everyone wants to shuffle their albums.

You can start playing an album or playlist by tapping the first track. But it seems a lot more logical to have a big Play button that is a visible target. I think Apple just forgot this; I can’t imagine that they would have removed the Play button from the Music app. We’ll see in the next update.

Want to know more about the iOS 10 Music app? Check out these articles:

And learn What’s New in iTunes 12.5.

14 thoughts on “Apple Seems to Have Forgotten the Play Button in the iOS 10 Music App

  1. Though I’m not in any way an expert, my large guess would be that it’s just an unnecessary feature. Writing coding requires layers and layers of code and having a play button over an image is more work, when in reality, just press the first track. I imagine apple is also moving to have curated playlists and make people actually pay attention to what they do, this the move to rich notifications on the lock screen.

    Having the play button no longer seems logical to me, what is however is a search feature/filter feature within a playlist, now that is worth it.

  2. Though I’m not in any way an expert, my large guess would be that it’s just an unnecessary feature. Writing coding requires layers and layers of code and having a play button over an image is more work, when in reality, just press the first track. I imagine apple is also moving to have curated playlists and make people actually pay attention to what they do, this the move to rich notifications on the lock screen.

    Having the play button no longer seems logical to me, what is however is a search feature/filter feature within a playlist, now that is worth it.

  3. There are so many quirky omissions in the new music app (which you’ve catalogued). I don’t get how these were not identified during the extensive beta period. Did beta testers forget to submit bugs?

  4. There are so many quirky omissions in the new music app (which you’ve catalogued). I don’t get how these were not identified during the extensive beta period. Did beta testers forget to submit bugs?

  5. To be fair, the Music app up til iOS 6 also didn’t have one. I also fail to understand the need for one: You simply tap the first item on the list and BAM, music!

  6. To be fair, the Music app up til iOS 6 also didn’t have one. I also fail to understand the need for one: You simply tap the first item on the list and BAM, music!

  7. Incredible – people actually suggesting you don’t need a play button, a symbol developed for universal recognition* and operation..
    WTF?
    So for this music player, I need to remember to tap the first track.
    So much more convenient for the blind and their screenreaders..
    Continuing on with this grand idea,
    For youtube, I’ll need to remember to tap the picture, or better yet, my right eyeball.
    For my digital voice recorder, to make a recording, I’ll need to remember to …tap my lips.
    To listen to a recording, tap my ears/
    For my drone, just tap the propeller. To stop, just tap the propeller.
    To start my car, just tap the dash. or was it the seat?
    What could be simpler?
    Now, onward to the pause and stop buttons….

    It seems the Lunatics (AKA Nerds who resist living in the real world) have finally succeeded in taking over the Apple asylum.

  8. Incredible – people actually suggesting you don’t need a play button, a symbol developed for universal recognition* and operation..
    WTF?
    So for this music player, I need to remember to tap the first track.
    So much more convenient for the blind and their screenreaders..
    Continuing on with this grand idea,
    For youtube, I’ll need to remember to tap the picture, or better yet, my right eyeball.
    For my digital voice recorder, to make a recording, I’ll need to remember to …tap my lips.
    To listen to a recording, tap my ears/
    For my drone, just tap the propeller. To stop, just tap the propeller.
    To start my car, just tap the dash. or was it the seat?
    What could be simpler?
    Now, onward to the pause and stop buttons….

    It seems the Lunatics (AKA Nerds who resist living in the real world) have finally succeeded in taking over the Apple asylum.

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