Algorithm-driven playlists of songs are fine for many people, but Albums is the app for those of us with meticulously curated collections. Albums integrates with your local music and Apple Music library, allowing you to engage with your music deeper than ever before, in an interface focused on the full album.
Key features include:
The My Library browser displays albums by collections: Artist, Decade, Duration, Genre, Playlist, and Year. If you know what you want to listen to, tap into the collection and select the album. Long press on any album to pull up its release date, record label, and production credits. Not sure what you want to listen to? Keep reading…
Remember the days of listening to a full album, then another random full album on your iPod? There’s a big honkin’ button on the main screen to shuffle all albums in your library. Ever wanted to listen to random albums from 2001? How about random albums from your “Best of the year” playlist? Albums can shuffle albums from any collection in the Library browser.
Explore your library like you're flipping through your vinyl or CD collection by scrolling through album art on the landing screen. When you find an album you want to listen to, just tap to put it on, then enjoy the edge-to-edge artwork on the Now Playing screen*.
Albums on iPad puts even more of your music collection at your fingertips, with a special layout highlighting your library’s album artwork. It fully supports split view and slideover.
METADATA AND CREDITS
Albums pulls in any available credits from MusicBrainz and Discogs. Along with the release date and record label, Albums can tell you who produced your favorite album, and even where it was recorded.
Whether you’re on hour four of a long drive or just hanging out on the couch, let Siri do the work for you. Siri can start/resume playback and skip ahead an album. If you want a little more information about what you’re listening to, you can ask Siri conversationally to get you the release date or record label. Siri can also get you that information for albums you request. If you often shuffle albums from a particular collection, Siri will suggest those actions and allow you to create shortcuts for them.
Enable dark mode to let your album artwork really pop against the true black background.
SETTINGS FOR NERDS
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably a music nerd. Albums has customizable settings, allowing you to include only local items, only complete albums, or a combination!
*Edge-to-edge artwork available on iPhone X form factor devices, as well as iPads.
- Introducing the new unified My Library browser! Shuffle By/Choose By have been combined into one experience, with a toggle to switch between modes when selecting a collection. The manual album selection screen is now a gallery with nice, big artwork!
- Anywhere you see album cover art, you can now long press to bring up a context menu with a series of options: “Play Next,” “Play Later”, “Show Album Info”, and “Tracklist”.
- That’s right, “Play Next” and “Play Later” mean you can now modify the queue! “Play Next” will play the selected album when your current album finishes. “Play Later” adds it to the end of your queue. You can also now swipe to remove an item from the queue on the “Up Next” screen
- Two New Siri Shortcuts
- Resume playback in Albums
- How much time is left in the current album?
- A fresh coat of paint across the UI, including some spiffy SF Symbols!
- Feeling uninspired by the album grid? You can now pull down to reshuffle it!
- Local items only now applies to the album grid
- Fixed an issue where the Now Playing screen would stop updating after you leave the app and come back
- Fixed an issue where the Now Playing screen would stop updating after you used the progress bar to skip through a song.
- Fixed an issue where the track indicators on the progress bar would be in the wrong place the first time you loaded Now Playing
Ratings and Reviews
The new update is everything!
I love that you can listen to music by decades. That is brilliant and that is what sets this app apart. That’s what was missing and you enhanced it. Bravo!
A bit disappointing
Perhaps it was asking too much, but I had envisioned an app that would scan my library and present me with the ability to select from among, and play, only those albums that were actually complete on the phone. Instead the app presents me with “albums” that are partial or, indeed, contain only a single song. If you want whole albums only, you still need to scroll through the “album” category in Music in iOS and pick.
Developer Response ,
This is a good idea — I only ever add full albums to my library, so it just hadn’t occurred to me to add a feature to ensure it was a full, rather than partial, album. I’ll add this to the list!
I’m also planning on adding the ability to filter out Singles. Feel free to send additional feedback to email@example.com
Edit: this feature is now in the released version: 1.1! Next up will be a way to exclude singles
Crashes each time I filter by album duration
Also web site has no documentation.
Not clear how to only show complete albums.
Updated rating after contact and support by developer. Usage guide would still help.
Developer Response ,
Could you email firstname.lastname@example.org? I’d love to get some more info and track down this bug.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.