Being able to shuffle the playback based on the genre is one feature blatantly missing in iOS 7′s Music app. While it’s not a particularly important feature that a lot of people look for, some of us like our days to start in a particular genre.
The basic principle comes from the fact that the genre-based playlists are gone or at least, hidden beneath the search layer that it’s not instantly visible or accessible. Here’s how to work around this and get your genre-based playlist for shuffling out of a genre.
How to Shuffle Music by Genre in iOS 7 Music App on iPhone & iPod Touch
- Open the Music app
- Swipe downwards to get to the search field.
- Type the name of the genre you want to pick. Then, tap on the genre from the results.
- What you get is a list of all the songs (arranged by Album) under the genre.
- Now, all you do is play a song. With the shuffle mode ON, the Music app will shuffle through this list of songs that is listed (which is under a genre).
As you can see, this is a workaround and not exactly a clean solution. If you don’t have a lot of genres, you could do Smart Playlists but that would be time-consuming if you had a lot of genres. Also, for people who are used to picking genres easily in previous iOS version, any other solution would only be a long-hand, time-consuming one.
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