Last Updated: Dec. 3, 2012
It's happened to anyone who has used iTunes' shuffling features very much: a track comes on and ruins the flow of the music. For me, these tracks are old-time radio shows. I love them, but when I’m shuffling through my music, I don’t want a 30-minute program interrupting.
You can keep from ever having these tracks shuffle through by creating a playlist that excludes them and only using that playlist. But what's more efficient – a playlist that has all of your songs except 50 or a way to just exclude those 50?
ITunes offers a feature that lets you designate songs as tracks to "skip when shuffling." Here's how you do it.
Begin by navigating through your iTunes library to find the song, songs, or album you want to skip when shuffling. Click on it to highlight it.
Use Get Info to open a window with the settings for the album. There are three ways to do this:
a. Do this by clicking on the File menu and choosing Get Info, or
b. On a Mac, holding down the Command (Apple) key and pressing I
On Windows, holding down Control and pressing I, or
c. Right clicking on the song and choosing Get Info from the pop-up menu.
A window that contains information about the song pops up. Click the Options tab. At the bottom of that window, one of the options is Skip when shuffling. Check the box next to it.
Click OK. This will ensure that the song or songs you've chosen will not show up in random shuffled playback or iTunes DJ, keeping you rocking along smoothly.