If you have a – large or tiny – music library with a collection of your favorite songs on your iPhone / iPad, then shuffling all the tracks is a common sight. And in this article, I will explain you more about shuffling songs – and how Apple messed up this feature with the new iOS 8.4 update.
How Songs Are Shuffled In Earlier iOS 8
On your iPhone / iPad, you can launch the Music app and tap on Songs. Then at the top you will notice “Shuffle” with two intersecting arrows to the right.
When you tap on this, all the songs are shuffled.
You could also shuffle songs from the “Now Playing” screen (screen which shows the currently playing song with the play/pause buttons, etc). Here, under the volume slider, you will notice “Repeat – Create – Shuffle” options.
When you tap on the third option – which is Shuffle – the new song replaces the current one.
After “Shuffle” is selected – you will get a “Shuffle all” option that shuffles all the songs you have in your music library.
It’s a really useful feature for many, and one that is MISSING from the new update because…
iOS 8.4 Breaks The Shuffling Feature
Song shuffling option is no longer visible. It’s gone. And now, many believe this is a “wrong” move by Apple.
After all, why fix when it ain’t broken?
With iOS 8.4, Apple has replaced the Music app with a new interface, adding many new features – like Beats 1 radio, Apple Music and Connect – while eliminating the simple Shuffle option.
And if that wasn’t enough, even the Shake to Shuffle feature is removed from the Music settings menu.
New Method: Understanding The iOS 8.4 Shuffling Process
Shuffling all your songs, with iOS 8.4 update, has changed. To shuffle, this is what you have to do:
Solution 1: Ask Siri To Shuffle Songs
Because Apple has integrated its Music app with Siri, which means you can ask Siri to shuffle all of your songs. Just say the command: “Siri, shuffle all the songs.”
Siri will show you the message “OK, turning shuffle on” and start playing a random song from your music library.
Solution 2: Shuffle From Music App
- Launch the new Music app
- Tap on My Music
- Select Songs from the screen (see: How to sort songs)
- Tap on any song
- Tap on the shuffle button as shown below
Shuffling Tip: Make A Playlist
If you have a large music library – it’s better to create a playlist of your favorite songs (follow this guide: How to create, edit, delete playlists) and then launch this playlist.
In other words, when you open a playlist – you will have a collection of songs. Select any song and tap on the Shuffle button.
This will force the Music app to shuffle only the songs that are in the current playlist.