How To Sort Songs By Title In The Music App In iOS 10

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iOS 10 will feature a Music app with a new interface. For reasons only Apple knows, the Music app’s interface has been overhauled quite a few times in the past and all without any real reason. The only reasonable overhaul came when Apple Music was introduced and the app needed to make room for it. The new Music app in iOS 10 no longer has tabs but it does still let you view tracks by artist, album, and song in the form of lists. There is just one little hitch; the tracks sorted in ‘Song’ are grouped by artists. That means your entire collection of Taylor Swift songs will appear grouped together before anything else does. The good news is, you can still sort them by title i.e. alphabetically. Here’s how.

Open the Settings app and scroll down to the Music app. Inside the app’s preferences, you will find ‘Sort Songs & Albums’ in the Library section. By default, it is set to ‘By Artist’ but if you change it to ‘By Title’, they will be sorted alphabetically.

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The only downside to this is that the sorting preference for both albums and songs have been grouped together. It’s possible, in fact it’s highly likely, that users might prefer albums to be sorted by artist but songs to be sorted by title. In iOS 9, this sorting preference existed only for albums and songs were sorted by title by default.

Other changes to the Music app include removing the tabs completely. If you want to view tracks by one of the sort options i.e. by artist, album, or songs, you can do so from the list options at the very top of the app. The playlists tab is also gone and replaced by a list option.

The Videos, Genres, Compilations, and Composers sort option is hidden by default. If you want to enable it, tap the ‘Edit’ button at the very top, and select the list you want to enable. This is also where you can hide some of the default lists i.e. the albums or downloaded music list if you don’t use it much. You can reorder the lists by dragging & dropping them.

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  • Stevercc

    Awesome. This was driving me nuts. Thanks.

  • Halvor Qelbeck

    Thanks! This was very helpful. Whoever is head of product on the Music app is an idiot

  • Bill Curran

    Thank you Miss Fatima. Very Helpful

  • JphilB

    I’ll take “Annoying Changes for No Reason” for $500, Alex.

  • NetMage

    Sadly, I think there is almost never a good reason to sort music alphabetically.

    This appears to cause some cars that display tracks to display them alphabetically even when you have selected Albums or Artists, rather than Album|Track # order.