Albums - album focused player 4+

Appreciate full albums again

Adam Linder

    • 4.7 • 270 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.

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 5.3.11

- Say you want to want to play an album somewhere between up next and the very end of your queue… there’s now a new “Play After” button to do just that!

- The Release feed is no longer limited to 100 items. It now displays as far back as one month, split by days.
- Restored the ability to add an album to your library even if iCloud Library Sync isn’t enabled.

- Fixed an issue where the Album Info menu option wasn’t available on the Collections Tab with the “Play Album” tap action selected
- Fixed an issue where the “All Albums” source collection couldn’t be pinned in CarPlay.
- Fixed an issue where a deleted session might come back from the dead
- Fixed an issue where the “Play Partial Album” action replaced the queue without asking
- Fixed a crash when backgrounding the iPad app when on the now playing screen in slideover or horizontally-compressed Split View
- Fixed inconsistent playback of songs with no track number metadata

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
270 Ratings

270 Ratings

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.

idontwantanameplease ,

The Almost-Perfect Music App

I love this app, from the well-designed UI to the way you can personalize everything to the way you want. $20~ a year is a very fair price to pay for Premium as well. It’s so nice to be able to have an app that keeps the album experience firmly in mind, yet feature-rich at the same time.

That being said, I have a few little gripes/suggestions for improvement. First, parsing out the settings to each relative section of the app is extremely confusing; it would be much simpler, in my opinion, to take all the settings for the app and place them under one settings section. Second—and maybe this is me just figuring out how to use the app (there are so many cool nifty features!) but I’d like to be able to press the shuffle button and be able to play a single randomly selected album instead of a queue.

Regardless of these little things, I cannot recommend the app enough. It’s so nice to keep my music on my phone and tablet in a way that promotes listening and exploration.

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for the review! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave it. I have a note on my to-do list called “The Great Settings Consolidation, so your first piece of feedback is on my radar :). As for shuffling and playing just one song, the best way to accomplish that would be to do the Shuffle Albums action then enable the Sleep Timer to end playback after the current album.


waterboy1 ,

Useful for anyone, best for aficionados

Like Apple Music itself, this app has layers that take a while, and a desire, to discover and master. It isn’t difficult but you’ll need to be intentional. If that frustrates you, this probably isn’t your app.
In an effortless algorithmic Pandora world, Apple Music offers a treasure of approaches to learn, retain, enjoy and share your world of music. The ALBUMS app brings bird’s eye organization the Apple Music app lacks.
As many of us drifted into the single track $.99 focus of Apple Music we lost two things. First we lost the importance of albums as a whole creation. Second, like the great scene in Almost Famous with the albums under the bed, we’ve lost the ability to even remember what we have in our vast digital collections. ALBUMS restores both.
ALBUMS can be a bit quirky but I’ve rated it 5 stars in gratitude for the great work of the developer with the confidence he will continue to improve the taming of our digital music mess.

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for the thoughtful review! I’m so glad you’ve taken the time to really dig into the app.

Feel free to reach out to if you ever want to report any of those quirks ;)

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.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

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