Albums - album focused player 4+

Appreciate full albums again

Adam Linder

    • 4.6 • 184 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Albums is the Apple Music player that puts you in control of your music. Whether you just want to throw on album shuffle or spend hours meticulously sorting and filtering your collection, Albums cares about your music library as much as you do.

Free Features:

Just press “shuffle,” scroll through a grid of album art, or browse your library to select an album, and easily skip to the next one with album-focused controls.

See your music on your home screen with Now Playing, Collection, and Quick Action widgets. Take it on the road with CarPlay, and pin albums and collections for easy access.

iCloud sync ensures you can pick up listening where you left off across all your devices.

Albums offers robust Siri interactions and supports Dynamic Type and VoiceOver.

Premium Tools for Power Users*:

Get weekly, monthly, and yearly reports looking back at your listening, and dig into the data with customizable charts.

Scrobble your listening in real-time or manually. Import your history to fill in the full picture.

Explore built-in Insight Collections highlighting new and unlistened albums, old favorites you haven’t heard in a while, or even music from when you were in high school. Tag albums to create collections of your own. Customize the interface to match the color of your current album’s artwork with a simple two-finger tap.

See what’s next with a release feed of Artists and Record Labels in your library. Delve into production credits from MusicBrainz and Discogs, then browse collections of Record Labels, Producers, and more.

*Requires Albums Premium

Albums optionally integrates with Apple Health. If you choose to give Albums access to your Workout history, it can create "Workout Jams" Insight Collections, which match up your listening history to your exercise history. You can enable this functionality by going to the Insights tab and tapping the settings gear next to the "Workout Jams" heading. Permission for Albums to access this data can be controlled via the Apple Health app.

What’s New

Version 5.0.1

Albums 5.0.1 contains the following enhancements:

- Fixed an issue where the app could hang indefinitely if a request to play music fails
- Fixed an issue where the bulk library add and bulk tag screens didn’t work correctly on iOS 16.
- Fixed an issue where the search screen would dismiss if you tried to scroll to select a collection type below the keyboard.
- Fixed an issue introduced in 5.0 preventing restoring the previous queue from Settings -> Advanced
- Fixed an issue where Recently Added on the Search page and collections on the Collections tab sorted by recently added might not update when albums are added to the library
- Fixed an issue that might cause an album not to update to Released in the Release Feed.
- Fixed an issue where an album with imported history earlier than the date it was added to your library may be incorrectly represented in stats.
- Fixed an issue where the app could crash on launch if you had the “Prefer Clean Apple Music Releases” setting enabled.
- Fixed an issue where Shuffling Albums in the Today in History quick collection would play the collection from oldest to newest.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

ClarkSavageJr. ,

Does what it says on the tin

Albums. This plays albums. Your music, Apple Music, whatever. Focused on playing an album of music. But you can shuffle (if you wish). Love the listening history feature, and the focus on the album. I think I have said Album enough. Try this out - the developer is responsive, has detailed notes about changes, sends a newsletter explaining (in detail) about new features or changes to old ones. It has made my listening experience better. Give it a try, you might find it works for you, too!

dlangendorf ,

Love the Focus of Albums

This app is like I’m back in the record store thumbing through the albums, looking at the covers, reading liner notes and then, back at home, I’m listening to the *entire* record . . . not a playlist, not some algorithm telling me what I want to hear next or off an album in my Library. I haven’t had as much fun with an app in ages — and I’ve already subscribed to support the developer.

The UI is a tad rough and a bit clunky in parts — the reason for 4 and not 5 stars. Some actions are just not readily evident — long taps some places, not others, that sort of thing. Maybe when I get used to them my rating becomes 5 stars.

What I really love: the collection of album covers, so I can visually browse albums and choose what I want to play ... just like I did at the record store or at home. There’s some smart intelligence built in, too, like how many times I’ve listened to an album, tags so I can organize beyond A-Z and Z-A, old favorites, new discoveries (added last 10 days, 30 days ...), anniversaries (of an album’s release). Data is provided by Discogs and MusicBrainz. All that’s missing are links to Wikipedia pages (for the ultimate in today’s “liner notes”).

I’ve tried many replacement apps for Apple’s music player and none have stuck. This one just might. Big high five to developer Adam.

cronus apoca ,

Better and better

Finally somebody in this planet adds the option to pause once one album ends. This alone deserves a five star review. But Albums has much more awesome features than this. Besides it can randomly pick one album to play, this app now can also do whatever a usual music app does (except to look up lyrics). So it is now my default app for music.

The only downside is, maybe just me, that it does not feel randomly enough. Sometime I met the same album 2 or 3 times in a few days while I have 600+ albums in my library.

App Privacy

The developer, Adam Linder, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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