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It is on the radar to-do at some point, but I don't know when I'm afraid.

Even when it happens, I think it will just be a simple flattened list of all the music PA is scheduled to play and what has been played (even in shuffled orders). You won't be able to delete items or change the order, as that would break the fundamental List Options sorting that PA is based on. I can't see why you shouldn't be able to re-position the playback position within the list though.

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Also making an account to request this feature! It seems mainly useful when shuffling all or shuffling a large playlist, you already know the songs being played but it will be nice to see what order they are in or even make changes to what's now playing.

Interestingly enough, when using PA through Android auto I noticed there IS a "queue" button that shows the order of songs currently being played. When using the app from my phone that's when I saw it isn't a regular feature.

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On 1/26/2022 at 2:23 AM, Wall Tair said:

Any updates on the topic?

I am planning to purchase PA but this missing feature is the only thing that is stopping me from purchasing

Hi! Exactly the same here. This is the only thing keeping me from purchasing. I'd love to see this feature because it's pretty much the only way i use music players. I've seen someone saying earlier on this topic that this wouldn't be useful because you can create playlists but i completely disagree. Using a music player without this feature just doesn't work for me which is too bad because i loved everything else about PA. I'll be waiting to see if this feature comes out.

On 1/26/2022 at 3:39 PM, andrewilley said:

It is on the radar to-do at some point, but I don't know when I'm afraid.

Even when it happens, I think it will just be a simple flattened list of all the music PA is scheduled to play and what has been played (even in shuffled orders). You won't be able to delete items or change the order, as that would break the fundamental List Options sorting that PA is based on. I can't see why you shouldn't be able to re-position the playback position within the list though.

Andre

It's pointless to make this feature available and not give users the ability to change the order/delete songs to be played. The main point of having a queue like that is really to be able to delete or move songs up and down the queue as you please without having to spend a few minutes creating a playlist and deleting some songs because you might never want to use that playlist again if that makes sense. Imagine doing that everytime you open up Poweramp.

Also, I think this feature should be called "queue" like every other music player calls it and what Poweramp calls queue should really just be named temporary playlist/on the go (like on older ipods if im not mistaken). Better that that merge those two features together how about that? That would work perfectly, i think.

This last option would basically change the contents of the already existing queue playlist on Poweramp everytime you played a set of songs songs/album/etc. changing it's contents automatically.

For example you're listening to all the songs in your library on shuffle. This already existing playlist would then show all the songs in your library in the order they'll be played in giving you the option to tweak the playlist. Imagine you want to listen to one album but this time with shuffle turned off. You'd see only the songs in the album in their correct order which you could tweak to your liking. Add a few songs and they show right after the songs already there. Hit shuffle, the whole thing shuffles. So easy and so simple. 

Whatever you decide to do, this feature is already within the app. The information is already there and it seems can be accessed through android auto like someone just said. This is a BASIC feature. Why not make it available? You can tweak so much within the app why is this feature off limits? I would even pay extra for this.

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TL;DR : Poweramp's entire playback system is based on Library Categories and their pre-defined List Options sort order. The exceptions to this system are Playlists and the Queue,  both of which can be manually re-ordered song-by-song.

Remember that Poweramp's underlying playback system is pre-organised via the Library Category that you have chosen to listen to. The order is based on the specific sorting order that you have defined for that category using List Options - e.g. you might listen to Albums sorted by their Year/Title/etc, then the songs within those albums sorted by Title/Track#/etc. You can't simply start moving random songs around that ordered list or deleting stuff as that would break the entire category ordering system, which by design contains every song in your music library exactly once.

This particular Feature Request is to allow viewing and skipping around that already-defined playback sequence, not rebuilding Poweramp's playback system from the ground up. This is similar to the Android Auto screen that you mention, but that currently only shows the same song list which you'd see in the main Poweramp interface if you tap on the cover art area (i.e. one category's worth of songs, such as the current Album).

What you can do though is to use either of the two special Categories that are already designed to be manually adjusted because they are simple sequential lists - i.e. they have no overall List Options sorting order, they simply play one song after another in the sequence they've been assigned. 'Playlists' are something permanent which you save and can return to use again later, or otherwise there is the temporary 'Queue' which you can add to and change at will (again, because it has no pre-defined List Options sort order).

As to your example above, that is exactly what the Queue is designed for: while listening to your All Songs list in random order, if you suddenly fancy interrupting that random playback to listen to a particular album you simply find that album in the Albums list, long-press on it and tap to add it to the Queue. That album (and anything else you add in the meantime) will then be enqueued to be played in its entirely, and you can manipulate the Queue at will. When finished, your previous shuffled All Songs session will resume. By default (I think?) the Queue is played in the song order in which you assigned it, but there is an option which instead respects the currently chosen main Shuffle mode (to use it, turn off Settings=>Library=>Queue=>Ignore Shuffle).

Andre

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1 hour ago, ihaspei said:

so why not everytime we play anything it adds it on that queue list and play it from there?

Because when you select anything to play (perhaps a track from an Album) you are telling PA to continue to play your whole music collection in that assigned order until you tell it to stop. You wouldn't just be adding one track or one album to the Queue, but the whole library.

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