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iPhone Music App: Shuffling Songs

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Shuffling songs on iPhone Music app

Sometimes you know you want to listen to music, but you're not sure exactly what song or album you're in the mood for. In that case, you may want to use the iPod/Music app's Shuffle feature.

Shuffle randomly selects songs in your music library to play in no particular order, and allows you to skip or replay songs. It's a great way to be surprised by your own music. There are a few different ways to use it--and one really neat trick to shuffle without touching your device's screen.

Shuffle All Songs

To Shuffle all the songs in your iPod/Music app library, which will give you the greatest variety, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Open the iPod/Music app
  2. Tap the Songs item in the bottom menu bar
  3. Tap the Shuffle item at the top of the screen.

This will select a song randomly and begin playing. Use the forward arrow to skip to the next song or the back arrow to return to the last one.


Shuffle Within an Album

To listen to an album in a new way, you can shuffle within a single album, rather than an entire library. If you want to do that, there are two ways to go about it:

  1. Navigate through your iPod/Music app to the album you want to listen to and tap on it. On the screen that list all the songs on the album, tap the Shuffle button near the top right.
  2. If you're already listening to a song, tap the Shuffle icon--it looks like two entwined arrows--at the top right of the screen. If you don't see this icon, tap the screen and it should appear.

Shuffle in a Playlist

Even though you created your playlist with the songs in a certain order, that doesn't mean you won't want to shuffle that order up sometimes. If you do, shuffling a playlist works the same way as shuffling an album. Just go to the playlist and tap the Shuffle option at the top.


Shuffle All Albums by One Artist

You an also shuffle all songs by a particular artist, rather than just one of their albums. To do this:

  1. Open the iPod/Music app
  2. Tap the Artists button at the bottom of the screen
  3. Navigate through your music library to find the artist whose albums you want to shuffle and tap on them
  4. The next screen shows all the albums by that artist on your iPhone/iPod touch. At the top of that list, though, is an option called All Songs. Tap it.
  5. Tap the Shuffle button at the top of the screen.

Shake to Shuffle

Shuffling your music doesn't always require touching the screen. On some devices, if you have the right setting turned on, you can just shake them to start the shuffling. Learn more about Shake to Shuffle here.

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