How to randomize songs in an iTunes 11 Playlist?

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  1. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    I add songs to a Playlist and then randomize (physically) the order before syncing to my iPhone and Nano. I no longer see a way to do this in 11.

    Before asking “why not use Shuffle on the iPhone” is what I do.

    1) Have a large Playlist with the music for my device(s) sorted by date played (almost all ALAC).

    2) Copy 250 of the oldest last played songs to a Playlist named Random and then randomize them so they don’t play in the same order as last time.

    3) Copy to another Playlist named iPhone so I can “fine tune” (like moving same artist that are one after the other and...) then sync to my iPhone and play in that order.
  2. thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    Anyone now how to do this or has it been removed from 11?
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011
    Bad Apple

    This is my biggest complaint about iTunes 11. Apple has eliminated this feature. Why? We can only hope it was yet another mistake made while rushing out iTunes 11 in anticipation of their launch of new international stores to cash in on the Christmas shopping season. Hopefully, they will bring it back in their rumored upcoming update. But based on their recent track record, don't count on it.
  4. Kar98, Dec 14, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2007
    Well, it sure wasn't in 11.0.1, and I miss it sorely.

    However, there is this way that I used before iTunes DJ came around, and I guess it still does work. File, New, Smart Playlist. Then set it up like this:


    Then sync this playlist to your iThing.

    Selecting everything from the list and deleting it will re-fill the list with different songs.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    How about a different approach (and it might be less work). Use a Smart Playlist to grab songs by play count (least played) and save all that shuffling an copying.
  6. macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2008
    Randomizing songs in a playlist manually

    To create a playlist with manually randomized song titles;

    1) create and add songs to a playlist (smart or otherwise)
    2) Click on the View Menu and choose View Options
    3) Click on the Sort By button and choose Manual Order
    4)Close the View options window
    5) You should be able to drag the individual songs into a different position in the playlist
    6) Holding down the Command key while clicking on several song titles, you can drag groups of songs into different positions in the playlist as well

    Hope this is useful . . .

  7. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    "Random" is replaced by "Shuffle"

    If you look at the image in post #4 the playlist random has 301 songs for 21.9 hours.

    Immediately above the word "hours" is the shuffle symbol (an extended "x" with arrows) - select this and the list plays in a "random" order which you can verify by looking at what's "up next".

    If you hit the shuffle symbol again a new random order will appear in "up next".

    But the playlist itself displays sorted as per your list view choice.
  8. thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    Thanks, using a version of this does what I want (a little roundabout but....).

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