Same problem here and it's annoying as h*ll to not be able to use the native music playing app. Hate not remembering playback position. The only tolerable solution I've found is one app (tried half a dozen) that remembers the playback position - STICKY PLAYLIST by Mysterious Trousers. I don't like the look or controls as much as the native app but seems to work.
APPLE - WHEN WILL THIS BE ADDRESSED?
This has been a huge issue for me as well. Everyone tells me that I'm being ridiculous and that it's not a problem, but to me it is. I listen to a music during my commute to/from work, and for at least 5 hours while in the office. I keep trying to find someone - anyone - who has had this problem, but everytime I ask about it, people look at me like I have arms attached to my head. Almost all of my friends have iPhones of various types, and none of them have this issue. As many people previously mentioned, a Google search for the issue comes up with bupkis.
I even took it to the mighty Fifth Avenue Apple store in Manhattan to get some genius help - and was promptly told that they don't know anything about software issues (thus giving the geniuses a less-than-stellar 1-4 record for being able to help me when I go to them with problems).
I am hoping for a legit software fix with iOS 7. Otherwise, I think I've got to move elsewhere, because I can't handle a company that makes such crappy software (compared to how amazing and perfect it used to be) and then doesn't offer any fixes for a year (or ever).
Can't believe a clear problem that was raised months ago has still not been addressed by Apple.
I reluctantaly upgraded my 4S to iOS6 the other day, but this problem is driving me nuts. Terrible for audio books and long play tracks like radio shows. And this is exactly why I reluctant to upgrade: every time I do, it seems like the trade off for improvements is having other, reliable features removed! Come on Apple - someone at least address/aknowledge the issue on this string. There have been enough posts about it.
Same problem here. Has happened for almost a year. I even went to the apple store and replaced the phone. It was great for a while, but now every day I get in my car and it starts at the same track as the trip before. That is, unless I re-shuffle the playlist, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of bluetooth audio? I think the memory statement has some merit, although I kill all backgrounded apps frequently. Been waiting a long time for a fix, don't let us down, Apple.
I've found that if you open the iPod app and wait for the screen to refresh (display the current track\time), THEN pause, it will resume play on the correct track, but still starts that track over.
It's no help for audiobook users that have long\contiguous files, but for those of us with playlists it works around the frustration of listening to the same songs over and over.
I'm not sure why that would be, I have this problem on three distinct iPhone 5s on the latest iOS.
@jimmyknuckles and @CHIKouNe
@CHIKouNe uses itunes to manage the music, including restoring from a backup
@jimmyknuckles do you use icloud or itunes?
the support community seems to have to do apple's debugging job and I would need others to test the theory.
like @CHIKouNe, I have itunes manage my devices (no cloud for me) and I do not have the problem of playlists starting from the beginning (could it also be a smart/static playlist related? I use smart playlists almost exclusively and only play albums/songs directly on occasion).
It might help if everyone who has the problem regularly or not answer these questions. Maybe we could try to figure out a common root cause.
This is my list for my iphone5/ios6 that has become my ipod:
iphone 5, 64gb
6.1.3 (have not upgraded to 6.1.4)
icloud or itunes to manage the ios device?
if itunes, wifi sync or usb?
if itunes, sync ALL or only what can fit?
all music contained within several static playlists plus what is in 5 or 6 smart playlists (whatever is in specific playlists)
upgrade from ios5 or ever only saw ios 6?
came from the factory with ios6
restored from another device or used as a brand new device?
restored from another device
if restored from another device, what was the last ios from that previous device?
never upgraded my 3gs, which would have made it ios5.1.something
on average how many apps are used on a daily basis?
3 (safari, moovit, ios6 music player app)
type of playlist
many smart playlists that funnel into one main "radio" like playlist
I anyone can think of any more types of questions to ask, please add them to this list. Hopefully we can find a common cause... it may be as silly as switching from wifi sync to usb sync.
Same issue here on iPhone 4s ios6.1.3, and added note:
-Using another app to listen to audio (Podcasts/Pandora)
-Pausing it by either the pause button or unplugging the headphones
-Leave it alone for as little as ten minutes.
-Come back, and double clicking the home button to bring up the most recent music player, will default to "music" and start at the beginning of whatever song was last used on that app, usually confusing me as to why it's not the podcast I was listening to moments ago.
I've had the same issue. One of my friends has an iPhone 5, while he has no reported issues, I find my playlist repeating the last x amount of songs on my 4S, that I've already listened to. I've tried googling but nothing comes up. I came across this thread after googling iOS 6 music library bugs. And voila!