You managed to wake up early in the morning and hit the gym. As always, you turn up your iPhone speakers and listen to your favorite playlist, ready to rock the workout. But yet again, Apple continuously plays that dreaded song, which although you loved years ago, now gives you a headache.
Unfortunately, that song sits right between two of your favorite songs. If only there was some way to move it elsewhere. Luckily, there is. Apple Music, upon its release in 2015, changed the music streaming game, allowing users to easily access their favorite songs using an easy to use interface that is built in on their mobile device. Despite the fact that Apple Music is an equal, if not better contender to popular streaming services such as Spotify, sometimes carrying out simple tasks such as sorting songs can seem quite difficult.
In previous versions of iOS, users adjusted music sorting options from the Settings application, however, since the release of iOS 10.2, sorting is done through the Music application itself. To get started sorting your songs, follow the instructions below.
Sort Songs From the Music App
1. Launch the Music application on your device. It has a white background with an icon of a music note on it.
2. Click on Albums or Songs from the main Library screen.
3. In the top right corner of the screen, click Sort.
You will now be able to sort songs either by Artist, Title or Recently Added. While this doesn’t provide many options, it’s certainly better than having no option whatsoever. However, if you wish to sort your music in a much more personalized way, continue reading below.
Sort Playlists From the iTunes
When it comes to sorting your playlists, iOS allows you to sort either by Playlist Type, Title, or Recently Added, and Recently Played. While this may be helpful, it’s not ideal for all users. If you prefer a personalized way to sort your songs, you should sort your Playlists using iTunes.
Before going through this process, make sure you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on all your devices and iTunes. Also, be sure iCloud Music Library is enabled. This will ensure that your Playlists are sorted accordingly across all devices. To turn on iCloud Music Library, follow the instructions below,
1. Open the Settings application on your device. It has a grey background and has an icon of a gear on it.
2. Scroll down and tap Music.
3. Scroll down and you will see a toggle button for iCloud Music Library. Press on the toggle button in order to enable it. The button should be green when enabled.
Now create or edit your Playlist using iTunes. To create a Playlist, follow the instructions below,
1. Launch iTunes and click File in the upper left corner.
2. Click New, followed by Playlist.
3. Name the Playlist as you see fit.
4. Click Edit Playlist.
5. Add items by dragging your preferred songs to the Playlist on the right.
6. When you’ve completed the Playlist, click Done.
To edit an existing Playlist, follow the instructions below,
1. Click on the Playlist you want to edit using the window pane on the left.
2. Click Edit Playlist and drag items accordingly towards the right.
3. Click Done when you’ve edited the Playlist.
4. In order to change the order of songs, drag the songs into the order you wish. If for some reason you’re unable to drag the songs, click the column heading above the numbers.
5. In order to remove a song, click on it and press the delete key. This won’t remove the song from your library.
You have now edited your Playlists across all devices.
Sort Playlists with Copy to Play Order
This is another way to sort Playlists. To get started, follow the instructions below,
1. Launch iTunes and click on the Playlist you want to edit using the left window pane.
2. Drag and drop your tracks either up and down in order to arrange the play order you prefer.
3. Right click on your Playlist and select Copy to Play Order to set the default order when copied to another device. Again, make sure iCloud Music Library is enabled to ensure that Apple Music will rearrange the playlist’s songs based on the order set in iTunes.
You have now sorted your Apple Music songs. Hit the gym, and rock that workout now, without worrying that song you’ve grown to dislike will play. The process may have been a bit tedious but as you can see, is certainly possible. Now all we can do is hope that within the next few software updates Apple provides iPhones, there will be a much easier way to sort your songs using just your iPhone, and the press of a few fingers.