Albums - album focused player 4+

Appreciate full albums again

Adam Linder

    • 4.6 • 145 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 for Casual Listeners:

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 on your favorite albums, 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 4.4.0

- Two new Insight Collections: ”Yearly Top Played" collections show your most played albums of each year since you started using Albums. "Workout Jams" collections match your listening history to your Health app workout history. Head to the Insights tab to give Albums permission, and enjoy collections of albums you listened to during each type of exercise you've tracked. You can also now tap "Edit" on the Insights tab to hide sections you aren’t interested in.
- You can now long-press an individual song on a track list to bring up a menu of available actions, like viewing the artist page for any featured artists or rating it on Apple Music. To take an action on the currently playing song, long-press on the Miniplayer.
- Import your history into your Albums Listening History to include all full album plays in in-app stats. A new Insight Collection called "Forgotten Scrobbles," made up of albums you’ve scrobbled that aren’t in your library, will become available in the "Diamonds in the Rough" section. Finally, the new "Yearly Top Played" Insight Collections will reflect your listening back to the beginning of your account.

- Improvements to Listening History, including showing the tracks listened in an incomplete album, or the workout associated with a session. When viewing previous listens on an album page, you can tap a session to open that week in your play history. Also, if you are logged into, you can now show a given day on by tapping the logo.
- Head to "Automation Corner" on the settings tab to view the many options available to use Albums with Siri. Configure shortcuts to start playing collections and tagging albums. For the true automation nerds, view information about the new Albums URL Scheme you can use to write your own shortcuts to open an album, artist, or track in Albums.
- The Apple Music tab on the search screen now supports searching for Record Labels. You can also search for and subscribe to labels in the Release Feed settings by choosing “Manage Subscriptions.”
- If you only want to add some tracks from an album to your library, like in the case of a deluxe edition, you can long-press the "Add" button on an album’s page to select specific tracks."
- Long-press an album on the Listening History page to view the songs you listened to from that album during that listening session. This only works for music you listened to after installing this update, as well as for imported history.
- You can now change the sort artist of an album from its settings.
- There is a new feature in Settings- > Advanced to configure the player to always repeat the current queue.

- Redesigned screens throughout the app, most notably album pages.

- There is a new image loading and caching engine, which reduces the memory footprint of the app, and increases scroll performance in image-heavy areas.
- Fixed issues leading to poor scroll performance on the Albums tab, Listening History, and in other places throughout the app.
- Fixed an issue where queues with multiple albums not in your library might behave strangely and not play correctly or support skipping to the next album.
- Fixed an issue where the “Don’t Use Device Speaker” setting only worked on devices where the language was set to English
- Fixed issues that could cause widgets to use too much memory and crash/stop updating.
- Many, many visual bug fixes.
- Many little improvements to the Cloud Sync and Cloud Queue engines.
- Much more! Check the change log in the app to see if your favorite bug was squashed.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

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.

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.

Henryten ,

Brilliant. Really.

ALBUMS is The Answer for frustrated Apple Music users who enjoy both streaming songs AND listening to albums. It made it easier to repair my jumbled collection (thanks, iTunes!) by displaying incomplete albums. And it has nifty collections of suggested albums, like "new and unheard" or "only heard once."
I'm still discovering features and I've only had it for a short time, so I can't speak to it's reliability and robustness, but so far I'm sold on this developer's work.

Developer Response ,

What a kind review! Thank you!

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