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Is it no longer possible to create shuffled playlists in iTunes 11?

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Steve Zodiac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 30, 2012 12:07 AM

I've just upgraded to iTunes 11, and I find that it appears I can no longer create a shuffled playlist. (Or have I missed something?)


In the previous versions of iTunes, as long as I had songs in a playlist sorted by number, I could click on the shuffle button against a playlist in the sidebar and all the songs in the list would be shuffled up randomly. I could then sync to my iPod and the songs in the playlist would play in the order they appeared -as shuffled- in the song view list in iTunes.


But that no longer seems to happen. There are some shuffle icons scattered about the new version, (at the top of the list view by the title and in the play panel at the top), but clicking them doesn't seem to re-order the list of songs at all; they remain in order in the list.


I'm confused...

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Steve Taylor1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)

    In the view of music and then playlists you see a list view of playlists on the left hand side. If you right mouse click on the playlist you can select to shuffle the playlist. Second option down I think.


    Hope this helps

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,045 points)

    Open your playlist and start playing a song. then click either of the two shuffle icons seen here:




    The one in the top section will turn blue when enabled


    Or: from the 'Control' menu choose 'Shuffle' > 'Turn on shuffle'

  • theianhamilton Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I'm afraid not - I bit the bullet last night, and playlists appear on your iPod the way they appear in iTunes (i.e. not shuffled). You'll have to dig into your iPod settings to shuffle songs from now on (until Apple reinstate this feature)

  • KR8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a related function that I hope to see added at some point soon - perhaps there's already a way to accomplish this, but I don't believe so.


    I'd like to be able to add a shuffled playlist to the Up Next list. It's possible to start playing a shuffled play list, and to add a playlist to Up Next, but I've seen nothing that allows adding a shuffled play list to the Up Next list.


    Alternatively, would also work to be able to shuffle the Up Next list.


    With that plus the ability to clear the Up Next list, iTunes would become a pretty complete method to sequence music.

  • Jonnyvodka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I totally agree with you Steve, I have only just upgraded iTunes as like u I only use it when I add stuff to my devices not as a player. When u have over 25000 music tracks you can imagine the playlists I have created and now they cannot be shuffled playlists without having to go through all the settings on each device every time I wanna listen to these *****! Please bring back this feature APPLE.

  • Girlwinger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't know if anyone has checked it or not, but its not shuffling on the Apple TV ether. Itunes 10 shuffles TV shows, movies, music, but once I updated to 11, it stopped.. I hope they add it back soon.. I really liked having all my tv shows shuffled on the Apple TV and just start watching like a TV station. My iPod shuffle is the same way.. No more shuffling.. Please fix this soon apple...

  • JohnThree3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am noting this also. I have iTunes 11 Windows and a 30GB iPod Classic. I haven't figured out how to make it sync my playlists in a shuffled state.




    If Apple would pay attention to function and quit trying to get Guggenheim exhibits for their mod, avante-garde-minimalist-nihilist interface designs, they would have happier customers (at the least the ones that haven't drank the Apple Kool-Aid)

  • Cpel1000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Everyone is having a problem with the Shuffling.  Well my concern/problem is a little different.  I too love to shuffle and transfer shuffled playlists to my ipod classic.  What I usually like even more is shuffling a playlist and then burning it in the order of shuffling to a CD-R.  With the EQ and a decent stereo, CD-R's seem to sound a little better to me than the high's and low's from the ipod on my stereo.  But, the way iTunes 11 works now, is that I cannot alter a playlist's order randomly to get ready to burn it.  It shuffles only the order in which it is going to play it, and I, too do not really use iTunes to play on the computer.


    I have figured a cheap and taudry way to work somewhat around this, very time consuming too, compared to the iTunes 10 which simply shuffle the list physically.  Now, what I figured to do is shuffle the list in the play mode (with up next 20 songs at a time) and create a new (blank) playlist and then (20 at a time) go to the up-next menu and highlight the 20 songs (shown in random order) and drag them to the new playlist and then, shuffle the whole list again, yes, and then highlight the 20 songs and drag them to the list.  You have to have it 'skip' the duplicates.  You're going to have duplicates every time you shuffle (depending on size of list), it just skips them this way and you'd have to be crazy to think this is an improvement.  Anyone know if this is what we're reduced to with the new (not-so-better) iTunes 11?????

  • Girlwinger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will say, at least (so far) they fixed some of the other issues that have plaged apple. Home sharing has not messed up with me since upgrading to 11. Air play works better with 11. Streaming seems faster (not much but less buffering). I just hope they fix the shuffle soon.. They fix some problems and miss others.. I really wish there was a way, other then posting here, to get fixes or wish lists. But it's apple.. They have their own way of doing things.. I do feel a change in the air. Maybe slowly, they will start fixing the way they do Buisness.

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