I cannot seem to find a way to play music by genre after the iOS upgrade (**cough) to 8.4.

I've tried to workaround this with playlists (which I would have to do every change in my music library). But ok. I held my anger and accepted this. Tried to create playlist. Add songs > Genre, and saw no Add all button. Really?? Do I have to do a thousand taps to create my playlists?

Subquestion: Is there an alternative app capable of playing songs by genre?

3 Answers 3


Found the answer! This feature is invisible and you have to know it's there.

To shuffle songs within a genre in your library, do the following:

  1. Tap the "My Music" tab.

  2. Tap the selection in the divider at the top between "Recently Added" and the music list. A drop down will appear where you can select a means to sort. Select "Genre". You can use this same method to shuffle within other sorting schemes (artists, albums, etc.)

  3. Scroll to your desired Genre. Tap the IMAGE (or gray square) to the left of the Genre name, not the name itself. A song within that genre should start to play.

  4. When you tap the currently playing song name at the bottom, the currently playing song will expand up. Make sure the Shuffle icon is lit at the bottom.

  5. THAT'S IT! Enjoy! If you have the "repeat" icon de-selected, playback will stop once all the songs in the selected genre have been played.

Source (apple forum): https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7106074?tstart=0


While I know that you already answered your own question, in terms of playlist: You can also create smart playlists on your iOS device using iTunes on your computer while it is connected. Once done, all changes to your iOS music library will also be reflected in your smart playlist without tediously adding thousands of new/different songs to your list.

Due to their flexibility, I usually prefer those smart playlists over built-in filtering functions, but everybody to their own. ;-)

  • Heard of them. But never used them because I never use iTunes. That thing deletes stuff from the phone when it feels like it. I'll search how to do it in alternatives. Thank you for the idea!
    – Slava
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 23:08

The only way to do it without making a playlist is to tell Siri to do it. Just say, "Shuffle country music".

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