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iTunes 10 for Windows: Play, shuffle, or repeat songs

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Play, shuffle, or repeat songs

You can play songs in a specific order or set iTunes to shuffle songs, albums, or groupings (for example, collections of the movements of a classical work) in random order.

To play a song:

Do one of the following:

  • Select a song in your music library or a playlist, and then click the Play button Play icon.

    The play and volume controls in the iTunes Player
  • Double-click the song to start playing it.

To change the order of songs:

  • To play songs in alphabetical order by song title, artist, or album, click the column heading in the iTunes list.

  • To change the order of songs in a playlist, drag the songs into the order you want. If you can’t drag a song, click the column heading above the numbers. You can’t reorder songs if they’re sorted by one of the other headings or if shuffle is on. To turn off shuffle, click the Shuffle button Shuffle button on icon.

To shuffle songs:

  • To turn shuffle on or off, click the Shuffle button.

    Shuffle is on when the arrows are blue.

  • To choose whether iTunes shuffles by songs, albums, or groupings, choose Controls > Shuffle > Option.

    If you select “by Albums” or “by Groupings,” iTunes plays the songs in the order in which they appear on the album or in the grouping, and then chooses another album or grouping at random.

    When shuffle is on, you can’t drag songs into a new order in a playlist.

To play songs repeatedly:

You can repeat a single song, or all the songs in your library or a playlist.

  • To repeat all the songs in your library or a playlist, select it and then click the Repeat button until it’s highlighted blue.

  • To repeat the currently playing song, select it and then click the Repeat button until the number 1 appears.

  • To turn off repeat, click the Repeat button until it’s no longer highlighted.

    The repeat controls in the iTunes Player in its various states

You can’t repeat individual songs in a live mix (iTunes DJ).

To prevent a song from playing:

Deselect the checkbox Checkbox icon to the left of the song title.

Important:   Deselecting a song’s checkbox deselects the song anywhere it appears in iTunes, so the song doesn’t play in the Music library or any playlist it’s in.
Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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