Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2013 8:00 PM (in response to PFox78)
I'm just another person chiming in with a lot of the same that has already been said...I already sent Feedback to Apple shortly after I updated to iOS 7. I like a lot of the features on it, but being that I have come to rely on my iPhone as a music player and even bought the 64 GB iPhone to have room for as much music as possible, it is very frustrating to lose a lot of functionality I used to have.
I'm very into creating playlists and one common thing I've done for a very long time is have a "Listen Soon" playlist that I drop songs and albums I want to hear soon so I can quickly go to that and I am constantly adding to a list I call "Current Playlist." Along with taking away the ability to add an entire album to a playlist (must click song by song), iOS 7 has completely taken away the ability to go to another playlist to select songs to add. This has gotten very annoying becaus I used to go to my "5 Star Songs" smart playlist and simply add from there, but I cannot do that anymore.
It's extremely frustrating that the trade off for making their Music app look different they've completely taken away basic functionality that used to exist. For what I do, I need a Music app that lets me rate songs 1-5 stars, updates my iTunes with playcounts and the most recent times I've played...without that, I will have significant trouble managing my vast collection (I've been buying 1-4 albums a week each week for years and have over 10,000 songs on my computer). Is there an app that basically replicates what the iOS 6 Music app did and is compatible with iTunes (updates ratings, playcounts, recent time played, etc.)?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to PFox78)
I agree!!! The Music app has taken a step back in time and become less user friendly. I hate that I can't just shuffle one album by an artist that I have several albums from. I also don't like having to scroll the whole list of songs to find the album I'm looking for. Like someone else said... Maybe if enough of us complain about it, Apple will listen and fix the many issues in iOS 7.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2013 8:24 PM (in response to PFox78)
*****! Glad it is not just me who see this as a major flaw. Just give us the option to expand or collapse songs when displaying the Artist / Album list. So simple really. Give choice rather than force idiotic change. Who did the requirements for this? Must have been people with very small catalogues by artists.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 8:59 AM (in response to Nedfp)
Thanks to everyone who keeps posting. Please make sure to call and/or offer your feedback at http://www.apple.com/feedback
I totally agree with everyone here. Like Nedfp says, all they have to do is give us a choice! Again, it doesn't mean everyone has to sort things the way we like, but we have ample sorting options on iTunes on our Macs/PCs. With iOS become more and more a computing platform that people rely upon, the absence of choice and customizability is really irritating.
Otherwise, for those who are reading this, please chime in and offer your feedback. Let's keep doing this until they fix this debacle with iOS 7.1 — hopefully.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 9:08 AM (in response to PFox78)
The music app changes are a complete disaster. I've hardly listened to any music since ios7, and I haven't bought a thing...it's so frustrating and dispiriting. Guess I will set up a call with a technician.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to Echo_pdx)
Echo and others: If you happen to call in, you may want to direct the technician to this conversation. If they see that many people are upset about it, they'll likely take it more seriously and make sure the message gets through to the right people.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to PFox78)
I think it's worth pointing out that Apple yesterday released an update to IOS 7 that addressed two issues, one having to do with security, the other restoring Greek letters for passwords. My point is that Apple is already responding to issues with IOS 7, and so it would be worth finding out (how I admit I have no idea) if they have any intention of addressing the music issues discussed in this forum.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to PFox78)
Chiming in with my 2 cents... I browse almost exclusively by Artist. I was astonished when I upgraded to iOS7 and saw the albums resorted and the the entire catalog of songs jammed into one long list. I was hoping there was a setting I could change to make this work better and reduce the tedious scrolling through long song lists. But... No.
The iOS7 Music App is a big step backwards. Perhaps its intentional to drive everyone to iTunes Radio. Streaming from the cloud (as opposed to storing local copies on your device) is the future business model. Record labels are chomping at the bit to see the business move in this direction to reduce illegal file sharing. And providers like Apple and even wireless carriers are happy to oblige as it increases consumption of their services ($$$).
At any rate, I hate this change and will be sending feedback to AppleCare.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 7:16 PM (in response to PFox78)
Just have to pile on: this update to the music app is absolutely horrible...I have tons of artists with 10+ albums, some with 30+ and one artist with a few hundred albums and 3,000 songs - this update make getting to any of their music sooooo inefficient. Loved the old music app (although I don't mind some of the changes to the new one), but to eliminate basic navigation like this is just crazy. As someone above said, whoever designed this must have about 50 total songs on their phone and no more than 2 or 3 per artist.
Hopefully this gets fixed soon, or I'll start seeking out other alternatives.
Just as an add on, I kind of like having the radio built into the app and would probably use it a bit if the app were usable...if I have to get another music app, forget about it, I'd never go to the apple music app just for the radio.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 11:53 PM (in response to PFox78)
same problem here.. it's much less useful then before
pluse the whole app is not as clear as use to be, i offten see the album cover on screen and dont know
if the iphone is locked or am i in the app
and the bluetooth conection icon is gone to the control pannel.. why?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 3, 2013 2:33 AM (in response to PFox78)
Just another comment. The music player is probably the most heavily used feature on the iphone for me, especially since I got the ipad. With these limitations (along with other frustations about the overall lack of customizability in IOS and OSX in general) I'm seriously looking at other platforms for my next phone. I need to be able to tweak the experience to my needs, especially if it's setup for someone else's way. The extremely limited way to manipulate your music in the player is effectively ruining the music listening experience for me. And I have absolutely no interest in itunes radio. I don't need Apple's "Music Experts" to help me determine what's good.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 3, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to PFox78)
Hi, I too am very frustrated with this but I noticed something really odd.
On my iPad, if I select Albums in the music apps, all the albums are sorted by artists and then albums by release date... just like in iTunes.
Why is it not like that on my iPhone where 50Gb of music resides? It would not be as good as the old Music app but at least it would make the Album view useful...
Let us know if Apple moves on this issue.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2013 2:48 AM (in response to PFox78)
There really is nothing I can add to what everyone else has said, the new music app is dreadul and on showing it to friends there is no way they will update to iOS7 with the music app in its current state.
iOS 7 has a few teething problems elsewhere that I can live with but the music app has been changed just for the sake of it and I really wish I could go back to iOS6 because of that.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2013 7:14 AM (in response to PFox78)
On my iPad, iOS 7 no longer alphabetizes songs in the song sort. This is absolutely ridiculous. It seems to list the songs by the first name of the artist except for the first song which is played by someone called "unknown artist."
Interestingly, in 1968 while a senior at Lehigh University, a renowned sociologist demonstrated how they could alphabetize a list of names with the computer. We were completely dazzled.
I am not dazzled by the changes to the music app.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to bigmac50)
bigmac, no such problem on my iPad 2 with iOS 7.0.2, the Songs list is sorted alphabetically by song title as it always has been.
Now, I did have major problems with iOS 7 on my iPad when first installed (songs wouldn't play, playlist song counts would repeatedly flash, etc.) so I restored and loaded my backup, twice (at 7 and 7.0.2). I don't know if the Song sorting was ever a problem, but since my iPad does not have this problem you might try restoring. You can also try changing the "Group by Album Artist" Music setting to see if that changes anything for you.