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Options for Playing Multiple Songs

If iTunes is providing the background music for an activity—working, partying, cooking, whatever—you probably want it to keep playing song after song, just as if you were playing a CD. This it does automatically, playing the next song in the list—be it your full library or a subset of it—until it reaches the last song in the list.

You can control how iTunes plays music in several ways: repeating, shuffling, and picking particular songs that you don't want to play.

To set iTunes so it repeats the songs in the song list:

  1. Click the Repeat button (located in the lower left of the iTunes window) until it is highlighted blue ( Figure 3.16 ).
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    Figure 3.16 Click the Repeat button so it is highlighted in blue if you want the current list of songs to repeat. (Click it so it is gray to turn the repeat function off.)

To set iTunes to play all the songs in the song list and then stop:

  1. Click the Repeat button until it's not highlighted (that is, is gray only).

To set iTunes to play the current song repeatedly:

  1. Click the Repeat button until it's highlighted blue and displays the number 1 ( Figure 3.17 ).
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    Figure 3.17 Click so the Repeat button looks like this—notice the little number 1—to repeat only the current song.

    That little number 1 can be hard to see, but once you've seen it, you'll recognize it when you see it again.

To set iTunes to play the songs in the song list in random order:

  1. Click the Shuffle button so that it's highlighted blue ( Figure 3.18 ).
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    Figure 3.18 Click the Shuffle button so that it's highlighted in blue if you want the songs to play in random order.

To specify individual songs that you don't want to play:

  1. Click to remove the checkmark for each song you don't want to play ( Figure 3.19 ).
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    Figure 3.19 Songs that are not checked won't play.

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