How I Would Fix iTunes, Part 15: Fix Shuffle

(This is one of a series of articles looking at elements of iTunes that I think need fixing. I’ll choose one element for each article, and offer a solution. See all articles in this series. If you have any particular gripes about what needs to be fixed in iTunes, drop me a line.)

Up next shuffleRemember, back in the day, when you clicked the Shuffle button on a playlist, iTunes would re-order the songs, showing you the order in which they’d be played? If you didn’t like it, you could move some of the songs around, or re-shuffle the list.

Well, iTunes 12 did away with that feature. Now, when you click the Shuffle button, iTunes picks one of the tracks and random and starts playing it. But that track isn’t necessarily at the top of the playlist; it could be anywhere.

It would be great if Apple returned the Shuffle feature to its earlier incarnation. I like to shuffle my music, and I like to see what’s coming up, to adjust the playlist accordingly. You can see upcoming tracks in the Up Next menu, but that menu is annoying. It’s confusing, and it’s not as easy to see what’s coming up as in a playlist.

8 thoughts on “How I Would Fix iTunes, Part 15: Fix Shuffle

  1. iTunes has gone backwards on so many features, and so much more logical functionality that it boggles my mind. With all the praise around iOS, it’s hard to fathom that the same company produced iTunes 12, which is garbage compared to older versions. This is just one example of feature fail.

  2. iTunes has gone backwards on so many features, and so much more logical functionality that it boggles my mind. With all the praise around iOS, it’s hard to fathom that the same company produced iTunes 12, which is garbage compared to older versions. This is just one example of feature fail.

  3. I miss the days when you could hit shuffle and it would only shuffle that one playlist. I’m not sure when they changed it to apply to EVERY playlist or album, but they could do away with that.

  4. I miss the days when you could hit shuffle and it would only shuffle that one playlist. I’m not sure when they changed it to apply to EVERY playlist or album, but they could do away with that.

  5. I cannot update my apps since purchasing an iPhone 6+.
    Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Help!

    Secondly, Apple indicated set one username and password and it could be used on the majority of their apps.
    Wrong! I am not an expert but I have had enough experience to know these is not working for me.
    Any help and/or suggestion I would be greatful.

  6. I cannot update my apps since purchasing an iPhone 6+.
    Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Help!

    Secondly, Apple indicated set one username and password and it could be used on the majority of their apps.
    Wrong! I am not an expert but I have had enough experience to know these is not working for me.
    Any help and/or suggestion I would be greatful.

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