How to use ‘Repeat’ and ‘Shuffle’ in Poweramp

Note: In the following discussion, Category refers the currently selected playback mode (i.e. the Library view from which you originally started playback) and so could mean, for example, the current Album, Folder, Artist, Playlist, etc. The original (unshuffled) playback order for each Category view and/or Songs list can be adjusted by going to the relevant Library view and tapping Menu (the ‘three-dots’ icon) > List Options.

Repeat

While music is playing, you can choose how Poweramp should behave at the end of each Song or Category by tapping on the Repeat icon, which is the second icon in on the lower-right-hand corner of the album art area. Long-pressing on the Repeat icon shows you a full list of options.

Repeat can be cycled through the following modes:

Stop on the Last Song in the List/Category (aka Repeat Off):  All of the Songs within the current Category will be played, then Poweramp will stop playback. Useful if you just want to listen to one entire album for example.

Jump to the First Song in the List/Category (aka Repeat List/Category):  All of the Songs within the current Category will be played, then Poweramp will go back and play the same Category again - for example to repeat the current album forever.

Jump to the Next List/Category (aka Advance List/Category): All of the Songs within the current Category will be played, after which Poweramp will move on to the beginning of the next Category, and so on. When all of the Categories have been played, playback will commence once again from the first Category - basically a continuous repeat of your entire music collection.

Repeat Selected Song (aka Repeat Song): The current Song will be repeated forever.

Shuffle

While music is playing, the Shuffle mode can be enabled and cycled through its various options by tapping on the Shuffle icon located in the lower-right-hand corner of the album art area. Long-pressing on the Shuffle icon shows you a full list of options.

Shuffle can be cycled through the following modes:

Off: Play the contents of the current Category in its assigned Song order. Then (depending on how the Repeat mode is set) move on to the next Category in order and play its contents in order, and so on. Basically, just play everything from start to finish according to the preassigned sorting order for the current Category choice.

Shuffle All Available Songs: Completely randomised playback of all available Songs from any Category - anything at all could be played next.

Shuffle Just Songs (Categories will remain in Order): The Songs in the current Category will be played in randomised order, and then (depending on how the Repeat mode is set) the next Category in assigned order will be played (also with its tracks randomised) and so on. This allows you to listen to (for example) one whole album of songs in random order, then Poweramp will move on to the next album in order and play its contents in randomised order, etc.

Shuffle Just Categories (Songs will remain in Order): The Songs from a Category will be played in their assigned order, and then (depending on how the Repeat mode is set) a new random Category will be chosen and all of its Songs will be played in assigned order, and so on. This allows you to listen to (for example) an album chosen at random and played from start to finish, then another random album will be played from start to finish, etc. Great for concept albums, stories, audiobooks, classical music, gapless tracks, etc. where you don’t want the individual songs to be muddled up.

Shuffle Songs and Categories: A random Category will be chosen and all of its Songs will be played back in random order, then (depending on how the Repeat mode is set) another random Category will be chosen and all of its Songs played back in random order, and so on. For example, Poweramp would pick an album at random and play all of its Song in random order, then choose another random album and do the same, etc.

Playback will continue until every Song in your music collection has been played, after which Poweramp will either stop or start over again, depending on what Repeat mode has been selected.

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