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Control how iTunes 8 handles playback in Grid view Apps
There is a new feature in iTunes 8 grid view that allows you to determine whether music in a given playlist or library will continue to play after the selected artist (or album, genre, composer, or selection) is finished. In grid view, you can play an Album (assuming Grid view is set to Albums) by clicking the Play Album button that appears when you mouse over an album cover.

Now, by default, when the chosen album is finished playing, iTunes will stop. But what if you want iTunes to continue playing the other albums in your playlist/library? Then instead of clicking Play Album, hold down the Option key first. When you do, the Play Album button changes to read just Play. Option-click on Play, and once your album is finished, iTunes will go to the next album in your playlist/library.

This is also handy if you want to shuffle between albums in Grid view. If you have shuffle enabled and click Play Album, iTunes will just shuffle and play songs from that album. If you Option-click Play instead, iTunes shuffles and plays through your whole playlist/library. And this doesn't just apply to Albums, it also works with Artists, Genres, Composers, and Selections.
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Control how iTunes 8 handles playback in Grid view
Authored by: GHammel on Dec 04, '08 01:45:49PM

This is an interesting hint, but I'm curious about the exact opposite. When in Grid View, when grouping by Artist, how do you get the Album playback to stop at the end of the Album? The default is to continue on to the next album in the list.

Thanks,
Greg



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Control how iTunes 8 handles playback in Grid view
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 04, '08 11:57:29PM

Our hero the Option key comes to the rescue once again. But what a pain to have to do this everytime. It reminds me of the new labor involved in editing iCal entries. It seems this should be able to be made a preference or radio button.

I'm not sure if it's been mentioned before. But if you click once on an artist in grid view and then move the mouse left and right to scroll albums, "play artist" turns into "play selection".



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Control how iTunes 8 handles playback in Grid view
Authored by: bdol on Dec 05, '08 06:50:15AM

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