“…a powerful music utility that is perfect for getting reacquainted with your favorite tunes.” — John Voorhees,

Featured in Macworld, MacStories, and Mac & i magazine, Picky is for people particular about their music, giving you full control over how you browse and listen to your albums and songs.

‣ Picky keeps your Artists and Albums lists uncluttered by hiding those with only a few songs – simply adjust the filters to taste.

‣ Queue up tracks to play later: simply swipe to the left on a song until the ‘+’ icon appears and turns solid orange, then let go to queue it.

‣ Use Picklists to quickly play (or queue) groups of songs – like playing an album without its bonus tracks.

‣ Easily sort the main Albums list and artists’ album lists with just a couple taps: by title, release date, duration, or by date added to your library.

‣ Picky lets you easily filter your Songs and Albums lists by genre (or by multiple genres). You can do things like quickly put together a mix by opening the filter, tapping on a few genres, and then closing it and tapping Shuffle.

‣ You can use the Artists and Songs filters to keep singles and one-hit-wonders tucked away, or bring them into focus when you really want to listen to them.

‣ Picky intelligently combines both grouping by artist and by album artist, so you'll always find your songs where you expect them to be. But if you prefer just one of the groupings, you can easily change that with a setting.

‣ Quickly see the list of your currently playing songs by simply swiping up in the Now Playing view.

‣ Quickly search across your entire music library with just a few taps.

‣ Picky is designed for iOS 14 and supports widgets, Dark Mode, Split View, AirPlay 2, iPad trackpads, Context Menus, VoiceOver, headphone remotes, iTunes Match, and Apple Music that has been added to your collection. You can use Picky exclusively or seamlessly switch between it and the system Music app.

Picky: for listeners with refined taste.

What’s New

Version 4.3

Hi all! This update is chock-full of lots of little improvements, as well as one big new feature for folks with Picky Deluxe.

What’s Picky Deluxe, you ask? It’s a one-time in-app purchase that’s a great way to support my work on the app and unlock some bonus features (previously: a set of alternate app icons to choose from).

So with this update I’m bringing in a second bonus feature that I’m calling Library Discovery: new ways of slicing up your music library to surface albums in heavy rotation and those you may not typically reach for. When you open up the Search view you’ll see these new lists: Recently Added and Recently Played (available to everyone), and a few more that are a part of Picky Deluxe — Deep Cuts (albums that weren’t played recently), Quick Plays (albums and EPs half an hour or less), and Long Plays (albums over 80 minutes).

I’m planning to expand on this with even more lists in the future, and other bonuses for people who’ve purchased Picky Deluxe. I stress the word bonuses because I will still be keeping Picky Deluxe as an optional add-on, with all of Picky’s core features available to everyone.

As for the oodles of smaller improvements, here’s the list:

‣ The Now Playing bar now appears throughout Search, not just on the first screen
‣ Fixed a very annoying bug where the app could freeze up when skipping tracks from the Now Playing screen
‣ Updated the design of the Playlist details sort menu, and added new options for sorting the tracks by duration
‣ Longer artist names now display in full across multiple lines when viewing an album or playlist’s songs
‣ If the Recently Added or Recently Played widgets fail to load an album’s cover image they’ll now display its title instead
‣ Fixed a bug where genre filters could appear hidden in some situations
‣ Fixed a bug that could prevent restoring a previous Picky Deluxe purchase from another device
‣ Fixed a crash when pressing the “View song queue” button if the queue hadn’t loaded

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Uevf ,

Better than the native Apple Music app

This app is by far superior to the Apple Music app. From showing cd covers in artist view instead of an artist picture which is usually blank to allowing someone to see albums in the order downloaded to the iTunes collection from most recent to oldest in the entire history of the phone instead of only the last 20 or so like in the native player this app does it right! It’s worth the purchase price and you will switch to it after about a week of adjusting. I’m a big fan of this app and highly recommend it for downloaded music for picky people!!

Developer Response ,

Thanks Uevf, I’m glad you’re so pleased with Picky! 😀

Faffy Geoffy ,

Fantastic replacement for Apple’s Music app

I’ve been searching for a music app to replace Apple’s, but each one I’ve tried has problems I just can’t overlook... That is, until I tried Picky! It’s responsive, bug free, and easy to use. It has great sort options, so I can view my music just the way I want it. In my eyes, the only thing it really lacks is support for playlist folders, but since everything else is perfect, I’m willing to do without them. If you have a large collection of iTunes music like I do, I would highly recommend this app.

Developer Response ,

Glad to hear how happy with Picky you are! I’ve been meaning to investigate playlist folder support further… stay tuned 🙂

customer z ,

Still the Best!

For eight long years I’ve relied on Picky and year after year the developer continues to support it. Tons of new features have been added in that time without forcing users to completely relearn how to use the app. That alone would be worth five stars but even more amazingly is that the dev is ultra responsive to requests and bug reports (of which I’ve noticed very few). It’s highly customizable and performance is solid. What more could you want from a music player?

Developer Response ,

Thank you, I’m glad you’re so happy with Picky! Here’s to the next 8 years! 🥂

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The developer, Charles Joseph, 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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