I am totally fed up with this bug, raised it with apple, they really should have fixed this by now. One thing I found was if you Close the Music App from memory, turn the phone off, next time it seems to remember where you were, however I have also noted a couple of other issues.
Firstly, when pressing play from my Bluetooth headset, the Music App doesn't appear to load into memory anymore, therefore to apply my solution above, I have to tap on the Music App to launch it and then I can remove it from memory.
Secondly when I play music for the 1st time since startup, the volume is lower than that set, it seems as though it is defaulting to the EU setting even though that is switched off!!
Has anyone experienced any of the above?
I am currently on 6.0.2
I've sent Apple feedback and called their support and mentioned it to them but to no avail. I can't believe this is not a more widespread complaint, it drives me INSANE.
I don't use a Bluetooth headset, but I have noticed with ios6 sometimes the music app doesn't re-load when you hit play from the lock screen. This usually happens if at some point between playing music I watch a video in Safari... then I have to log back in past the lock screen to re-launch the music app to play again.
My volume seems pretty consistent, but I don't use a bluetooth... maybe that's interfering and ios can't remember your volume settings between apps?
Hard to believe they are already working on ios7 and this is still broken... I'm seriously reconsidering my next phone purchase because of this
Looks to me that this option is designed for Audio Books, but giving it a go this evening to see how it pans out. If it works then that's a great work around, but the issue itself remains unresolved. They broke this 2 major releases ago whether it was on iPhone 5 or updates to older models. So they really should be pushing more to get this fixed so that it works as it did before. WAKE UP APPLE!!!
Out of interest does anyone know how to reinstall the Music App??? Perhaps that might fix it.
Can't understand why this is selective in working, I would love to know why it seems that only some people are impacted by it.
That's great news. Now how do I do this with itunes 11.0.1? Do I have to select all the songs in my library and then click Get Info --> Options --> Remember Playback Position --> Yes? If that's the case, then how do I make sure that happens to my music on my iphone? Do I basically have to clear out my iphone music and then move all the music from my library back onto it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I tried erockomania's solution, and while it does indeed remember the last position of the song, it will not remember the position where you left it in the playlist.
Here's what I did:
1) iTunes Library, select all tracks, choose options and set Remember Playback Position to yes, click OK and confirmed
2) Synced my iPhone with my iTunes library
3) Left for work: started playing a music playlist on shuffle
4) Arrived at work, unplugged headphone cord with the phone locked and didn't touch the music app again for the rest of the day. Battery drained to about 25%, I received one phone call and used mail, facebook, messages app, and safari throughout the day
5) Left work heded back home, and from the lock screen hit play
Once I hit play, the playlist started back at the beginning. Interestingly enough, I hit the next track until I got to the song it was stopped on when I arrived and it resumed playing within that song right where I paused it (by pulling the headphone cord).
I've found a free Denon Music app that reads your playlists from your phone and started playing with it, but I dont think its going to make a seamsless replacement... because even after using the Denon app if you hit play from the lock screen it will fire up the built in music app (once the Denon app has been cleared from memory).
This is so stupid... I can't believe its even an issue to begin with, much less STILL an issue after multiple software releases. You can't tell me that at least one of Apple's development team uses the Music app?
I also tried this method and have to say that the same happened to me as phraxion, not exactly the same but very similar.
I actually deselected the Music Sync in iTunes, deleted the playlist I had, made the change to all the tracks in the library to remember position = yes, created a new playlist, checked that the songs in the playlist still had the setting then selected Music Sync and then re-synced back to my iPhone.
I then started on my playlist, stopped when I got to work, on the way home everything was ok. Last night I double checked the track number and closed the Music App in memory.
This morning, started up as normal and the 1st track playing on the way to work was one I had already listened to, not the very 1st in the playlist, but the 1st one I listened to going home the night before! I skipped through to the track playing when I got home and it started part way through.
Tonight I loaded the Music App so it appears in memory and I am going to leave it there when I switch off the phone tonight to see what happens in the morning.
I have raised a case with Apple, but didn't get time to call them today, so I will try and call them tomorrow to see what they have to say about their quiet destruction of one of their signature apps.
I love the IP5 but this issue is either a real F**K up in iTunes or iOS or both, no wonder the Galaxy is gaining popularity so quickly.
FOR ANY APPLE STAFF/DEVELOPERS/SUPPORT reading these threads, I emplore you, nay BEG you, get this SH*T sorted for your loyal customers!!!!
Thankfully I am not the only one experiencing this. I've been having this same issue since last month. I have reinstalled the iTunes. And to no avail. I have rebooted the phone numerous times and nothing. And oddly it doesn't start at the beginning of the list. Just one specific song. They need to fix this ASAP!
Just to add to the thread, I've had this same problem with my iPod 4th gen since upgrading to iOS6. It was not an issue with iOS5.
I notice the problem occurs when I've opened 4 or more apps. If I'm toggling between music and, say, Twitter, the Music app remembers my last spot. But if I switch between 4 or more apps and have to restart Music from scratch, the place is gone.
Still no further to finding a workaround, I still have the remember position set on all the tracks in the playlist, but no matter what combination of steps I take, it still refuses to remember the position of the actual track. I even tried only using the controls on the IP to play/pause and that made no difference either.
Essentially this looks to be a combination of the iOS with a bit of iTunes that has broken this.
No idea what to try next