Do you miss the classic "shuffle by album" feature? This simple app brings it back! Now you can listen to your music library on shuffle, without mixing up the tracks inside a live concert, classical recording, or concept album.
Simply tap the button marked "Shuffle Albums". AlbumMixer will shuffle all your albums, then add the first 12 to the built-in iPod music player and start playing. You can close the app now: the music will keep going.
If the album now playing has album art, AlbumMixer will display it. Otherwise you will see the album title and artist. You can use the bottom toolbar to pause, skip to the next track, or skip to the next album. You can also rewind to the previous track or album.
In the settings, you can select the number of albums to queue. You can also select a playlist or a genre from which to shuffle. However, this is slower than shuffling everything - especially for large playlists.
Don't like what's playing? Press the "Shuffle Albums" button again.
Various improvements and bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Useful features that should be standard
This app has useful features that should have been standard in Apple's music player. Since they are not this app is great.
Beware that as of the current version 1.22 filters are unreliable and you may end up hearing stuff that should have been filtered out. I contacted the developer about this so hopefully it gets fixed.
Update: the dev worked with me to quickly solve the filter bug. Yay for responsive devs!
This is one of my essential apps. I'm still not over the fact the Apple refuses to enable album shuffle naively, so this is the next best option. I use it with smart playlists that have songs based on when they were last played, so I don't have the same problem the previous reviewer had with the app shuffling the same albums. (I suspect this is an iOS problem, because I had the same problem before making smart playlists.)
One feature I would like is the option for a remote control to skip albums, not tracks, when skipping forward or back, like while using Bluetooth headphones or the in-line remote that wired headphones have.
Glad to see that this app is still being developed!
Nice idea, but ...
I really want to like this, but there is a flaw in the randomization algorithm. The same group of about 20 albums (maybe more or less, I've never tried to count) is shuffled over and over and re-shuffling simply changes the order rather than loading a new group of albums. So if you wait long enough you just end up listening to the same things over and over again while the majority of music on your device is ignored. This is the only thing that is stopping me from using it regularly.
- Michael Blakeley
- 2.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Copyright (c) 2009-2019 Michael Blakeley. All Rights Reserved.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.