I'm new to iTunes and trying to make sense of it's difficult UI. Let's say I have Bob Dylan Essential's, and I want to play it starting from 2nd song of disc 2. I double click this song in my library but, instead of playing all songs starting from this one, iTunes shuffles the entire album into the Play Next section. I've takes a screenshot with the result:

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How do I play all songs in order, starting from a particular one?

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Sometimes it's just a case of persuading iTunes to actually Stop rather than Pause

When you first launch iTunes it is Stopped - the top menu doesn't contain any current song info. If at that point you hit Play, it will actually start from just the first song in the list & continue on down the page [assuming you don't have shuffle enabled, of course].
If you double-click any track instead, then it will do the same, from that track - which is what you want...so...

To make it actually Stop, whilst it's playing, hold Alt ⌥ & click the Pause button II
You might also notice the rewind button changes to a kind of 'orbiting' icon - that's to start Genius based on the current track - but not relevant to this issue.

Once stopped, it ought to return to 'normal' behaviour.

If it doesn't, an alternative is to enable, then disable shuffle. That should also revert to linear play mode.

  • Well, iTunes was freshly started when I tried the scenario I described, it wasn't in a paused state. I also took care to clear the Up Next queue before trying it. I will try your suggestion though. Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 9:03
  • Then you're down to toggling shuffle & also toggling Genius from the 'orbit' can help. I find it can get itself confused sometimes, & it seems to be just a case of trying to get it back to some kind of default state. Mine was the same when I first looked at it today, pseudo-random next-up list
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 9:07

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