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On new Poweramp, how do I get a playlist to play forever?


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What is "main" screen? On playlist screen there is a sort icon near the top. When I momentarily press it something comes up at the bottom of the screen about shuffling songs but the sort icon at the top remaims unchanged. In the old player the sort icon would go thru a series of options. It looks like a bug to me. I have pixel 2 has that been tested?

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In the Library view of your required Playlist, just tap the Play icon - or choose any song within that Playlist and tap on it to start playing from that song onward.

Then in the main player screen (i.e. the one you see while your music is playing, with cover artwork and play/pause/etc controls) make sure that the 'Repeat' icon (the second one in from the right, just under the artwork area) is set to restart the current list when it is finished (tap it until it shows as "Repeat List", or "Jump to first song in a list"). That mode will then remain selected unless you select a different repeat mode, so in future all you'll need to do is find a Playlist and tap on any song within it to start listening.

Andre

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Finally, I got it to work. Thanks, but it shouldn't be this hard.

The problem is that there is a shuffle icon out at the level where I see the entire (single) playlist, but that icon seems to be in the state of not shuffling, but when you press it, at the bottom of the page you momentarily see a "shuffle all songs and categories" version of the shuffle icon, that then (too) quickly disappeared -- leaving the icon at the top in the same no shuffle state. That is wrong, confusing, and looks like a bug. 

You should NOT have to start playing an individual song of a playlist to get to see the controls (repeat and shuffle) that determine how the playlist is played. Those controls should be at the level where I can see the entire playlist I will play.

Tell me why I shouldn't go to the Google play store and give a bad review to V3 for this half baked, confusing, user interface design. Seriously, tell me why I shouldn't give a bad review? About the only reason that would convince me would be a promise that this would be fixed in a week. Tell me what I should do...

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20 hours ago, FrankH said:

Tell me why I shouldn't go to the Google play store and give a bad review to V3 for this half baked, confusing, user interface design

Because that part is the same as it's always been, there have been no changes to the general operation of tapping a song title to start playback - most music apps work that way - not to how the Repeat and Shuffle icons work within the player screen (again, they are pretty conventional icon controls in many music apps - although PA's are admittedly quite a lot more powerful than most). I guess the only major difference is that the Play and Shuffle icon items were previously hidden away in a context submenu, and the dev moved them to the top of the list page to make them more easily accessible. Maybe he should have just left them hidden?

Andre

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Thanks Andre, I've calmed down a bit now. I was still very frustrated when I wrote that last note. I apologise for my threats of a down vote.

But can you please tell me what the shuffle icon is doing out at the level of the playlist where you can see all the songs? Tapping it does not cycle through a sequence of shuffle states (which is what I expected based on V2). It is always just in the two intertwined arrow state. Every time you tap it, at the  bottom of the page you momentarily see a "shuffle all songs and  categories" version of the shuffle icon, that then quickly disappeared -- leaving the icon at the top in the same the two intertwined arrow shuffle state. 

Is that a bug? If not, please explain that to me...

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1 hour ago, FrankH said:

Tapping it does not cycle through a sequence of shuffle states (which is what I expected based on V2).

V2 never had an icon at the top of the songs list, only one in the pop-up context menu, and it did not offer any choices of the type of shuffle.

Max has already indicated that the shuffle methodoloy from that point still needs some work (especially when selecting a grouping level with sub-levels, such as a Folder or an Artist) so personally I'd suggest just sticking to the old method of tap on a song to play and then adjust the Shuffle mode in the player screen if necessary. 

Andre

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19 minutes ago, FrankH said:

Why do you say "still needs some work" instead of "is a bug"?

Because it is a feature that still needs some work, not a bug. That's how Max designed it to work, however a number of users have asked for some of the Shuffle options to be change back to being more similar to the old v2 method.

Andre

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A feature that doesn't work is a bug. If this feature did something useful now, it could be kept and improved later. But this current implementation does nothing at all, even though it looks like it is doing something since it momentarily displays a different icon. This is a bug!

Remove the deceptive icon until the code is written that makes it work.

This bug is what got me so frustrated that I was minutes from leaving a bad review on play store.

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On 12/19/2018 at 10:54 AM, FrankH said:

But this current implementation does nothing at all, even though it looks like it is doing something since it momentarily displays a different icon.

Tapping the Shuffle icon at the top of a library view list plays the currently displayed list in shuffled mode, while tapping the Play icon plays it in regular order. That's how those features are meant to work, and also how they have always worked (although they both used to be hidden away within a long-press menu). If that functionality is not working for you, please explain what does happen.

You have asked for a new feature, i.e. the ability to long-press on the Shuffle icon at the top of a list to choose different shuffle modes. That is a feature request, not a bug, and will be treated as such - and as I said before, Max has already said he plans on doing some work on adding new options there at some point. For now, you can still change the selected shuffle mode within the player screen once the first song starts playing.

Andre

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On 12/17/2018 at 6:15 AM, andrewilley said:

In the Library view of your required Playlist, just tap the Play icon - or choose any song within that Playlist and tap on it to start playing from that song onward.

Then in the main player screen (i.e. the one you see while your music is playing, with cover artwork and play/pause/etc controls) make sure that the 'Repeat' icon (the second one in from the right, just under the artwork area) is set to restart the current list when it is finished (tap it until it shows as "Repeat List", or "Jump to first song in a list"). That mode will then remain selected unless you select a different repeat mode, so in future all you'll need to do is find a Playlist and tap on any song within it to start listening.

Andre

Did the interface change? I don't understand how to repeat a play list? 

The repeat button shows:

* Repeat off 

* Repeat category 

* Repeat song 

* Single song 

Repeat category DOES NOT repeat the play list. 

I know that I'm dumb because something this simple should be really easy to do but I still don't understand how to do it? 

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Repeat Category should repeat whatever category (folder/album/artist/playlist/etc) that you are currently listening to.

So if you start listening to a song from any given Playlist, choosing 'Repeat Category' in the player screen should then cause that same Playlist to repeat forever. So if there are 40 tracks in a Playlist, the track counter should go up from 1/40 until it gets to 40/40, then back to 1/40 again.

If you want to make sure you are listening in Playlist mode, tap the metadata line at the bottom of the player screen until it shows the category type - e.g. "PLAYLISTS 5/40".

Andre

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