Do you have an album collection of dozens to thousands of albums? Does the next song of an album already start playing in your head when one finishes? Longplay is for you.
Longplay presents a beautiful view of the album artworks of the (near) complete albums in your music collection. It let's you rediscover forgotten favourites or just play the music you love, and explore it with various smart sort options:
- Orderliness: by artist, then by album
- Addiction: by amount of time spent listening
- Brightness: by the primary colour of the album artwork
- Negligence: by the time it’s been since you’ve last listened to the album, weighted by the rating
- Recency: by date added
- Stars: by the rating you’ve provided for each song
On iOS 14, it comes with a home screen widget that displays the top albums by your nominated sort order, and doubles as a "Feeling lucky" button to start playback of one of them, on tap.
It works well with Apple Music and music purchased from iTunes or synced manually.
Important: Longplay does not ship with any music included, it is instead a player for your music library - be it from Apple Music, iTunes or your synced music. It provides a filtered view of just the albums of which you have all or most of the songs, as well as your playlists; thus focussing on your album collection without any singles or albums where you only have very few songs.
Tap an item to play (or pause). Long tap for additional options, such as playing in shuffled order, hiding an item, or quickly starting playback on an AirPlay enabled device or your Bluetooth headphones.
It works with libraries big and small, and besides regular albums it also handles compilation albums and playlists.
Comes with Shortcuts actions to play a random top album by a defined sort order, or a random album, optionally filtered by artist or genre. All of that with Longplay's logic that makes sure that it's an album for which you have all or most songs.
It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Fully VoiceOver accessible.
Another brick in the wall, ready for iOS 14:
- Your album wall right on your home screen, that doubles as a "Feeling lucky" button
- Customisable which sort order to use and what to do when tapping the widget
Plus more goodness:
- Two Shortcut actions: Play a random album by your nominated sort order (like the widget, but starting playback without opening hte app), and play a random album, optionally filtered by genre or artist.
- Actions on the now-playing item to skip to next or previous song, and to pick an AirPlay device
- A little gear icon to access the settings from the app
And a couple of fixes:
- Fix of album artwork resolution on the now-playing album
- Fix for size of background when long-tapping an album, maintaining symmetry
- Fix of Z-order of the side settings on an iPad on launch
- Address a crash after clearing the cache
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Good replacement for my old Smart Playlists
I used to use Smart Playlists to accomplish what Longplay does. The most irreplaceable one on Apple Music has been my old Neglected playlist which automatically included albums I hadn’t listed to in a while. Longplay does a great job of filling that role while keeping the interface really simply and making it easy to get in and pick an album without too much fuss.
If I could make one feature request, I’d like to see a toggle added to exclude Holiday/Christmas albums.
Solves a problem I didn’t know I had
This app helps me to rediscover music I’ve neglected on a daily basis. I love the new widget which makes it essentially the “I’m freely lucky” button of my music collection. One feature suggestion: let me omit certain albums from long play’s display. I have a fair amount of classic albums and generally, if I’m in the app, that’s not the music I’m looking for. I’d love to omit all classical music, and some other albums that I frankly never want to hear. Overall, great app!
Developer Response ,
That’s great to hear! Thanks for the feedback.
You can long-tap an album and select “Hide” to have Longplay exclude it. (To undo select the then new “Hidden” option in the side settings and long-tap and select “Unhide”.)
Interesting holistic view of my large non-Apple Music collection
Dev fixed bug within a couple days of first review and app works nice and smooth now. Going to use this app to find some albums I haven’t listened to in a while.
App always crashes after about 45 seconds. Looks like it’s trying to build the brightness option and fails halfway through the progress bar. Never got to use this newly purchased app.
Happy to change review if it starts working.
Developer Response ,
Sorry to hear about the bumpy start. This issue has been fixed in version 1.0.2. Please give it a try, and let me know if there are any further issues.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.