13 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2014 5:17 AM by NVCN6
Ken Spiker Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)

Simple as that. I can't find it anywhere on my iPod Touch. It appears to be always in shuffle mode. I searched the discussions as most posts are from 2 to 6 years ago and describe a menu that is different from mine. Obviously the Shuffle button at the top of the playlist only shuffles, never unshuffles.

Thanx


Mac Pro 2.66 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (164,635 points)

    If you are talking about shake to shuffle, from the Users Guide:

    You can turn Shake to Shuffle on or off in Settings > Music (it’s on by default).

  • Ken Spiker Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)

    No, it's not about 'shake to shuffle.' That's off. I just meant how to turn off shuffle on a playlist. I dug down through the forums and found the answer; you have to bring up the album art of the piece that's currently playing, then tap the screen, then the icons that control playlist order appear. If an icon is blue the function is on, if white it's off. Now that's not at all like the usual intuitive interface that the iPod is famous for. The control should be at the top of the playlist, not buried under individual tunes in my opinion. (I'm bringing this up because apparently lots of people ask this question on these forums.)  

  • rommy7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Year later I had the same problem - a great fix

  • Puzzling Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, Ken for explaining the steps.  Even now, a couple years later and I had this exact question.  I tried all sorts of things like resyncing library from iTunes, etc. only to find it is a hidden little icon on the album art.  In my case the shuffle icon has two states, gray (off) or orange (on) and looks like a couple of arrows crossing over each other.

  • Kakuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Glad I found this. The iPod was heading for the wall otherwise!

     

    Only my active controls are orange, not blue.

  • richard_2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I listen mainly to classical music - which iPod doesn't seem to know about.  For example, to select a symphony to be played, you can't just import it from a CD:  each movement then becomes a 'song' and gets listed individually.  I've been laboriously renaming all 4 movement tracks to the symphony title (e.g. 'Mozart Sym#40').  Then I can select 'Mozart Sym#40' on the iPod album list and get the whole symphony.  

    But then iPod, in its wisdom, decides I want by default to shuffle 'songs', so I might get movement #3, then #1, then #4, then #2 !  Why doesn't iPod have its usual slick design and allow you to set defaults for classical music users:  i.e. play all albums in track order, i.e. no shuffling;  set album=the title of a multi-movement work during import.   Settings, Music lets you turn on 'Shake to Shuffle' .....  why not a 'Shuffle on-off' option?

    Does anyone know a quick (preferably default for all albums) way to turn Shuffle off?

  • pmguyre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Richard, did you ever find a way to KILL shuffle? Please advise.

  • CraigMc66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for pointing that out Ken. That shuffle feature has been driving me mad for weeks now. One shouldn't have to resort to googling an answer to something that should be intuitive. I wonder even if Apple monitor these forums in order to improve their products? I doubt it.

  • Nicola8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Ken - you solved quite a frustrating (albeit First World!) problem for me! 

  • Val790 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Ken. I would never have worked that out. I can now listen to audio books!

  • NVCN6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I inherited my daughters old ipod touch and over 3 years after this thread was started, I too had the same question. I agree that turning off Shuffle should not be buried.  I own all Apple products now and can usually figure these things out.  Thanks Ken for finding the answer to this!

  • NVCN6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hopefully you have already found the answer to this.  See Ken's solution above.

    "you have to bring up the album art of the piece that's currently playing, then tap the screen, then the icons that control playlist order appear. If an icon is blue the function is on, if white it's off."

  • NVCN6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hopefully you have already found the answer to this.  See Ken's solution above.

    "you have to bring up the album art of the piece that's currently playing, then tap the screen, then the icons that control playlist order appear. If an icon is blue the function is on, if white it's off."