iTunes 12: Where’s the Repeat Button?

Sometimes you’re playing an album you love, and you like it so much that you want to repeat it. There used to be a button in the iTunes window – in what’s called the iTunes LCD, which shows information about what’s playing – that let you do this. In iTunes 12, that button is gone, and you only see a Shuffle button, just to the right of the album artwork:

Itunes lcd

Well, the Repeat button may be gone, but the Repeat feature is still there, tucked away in a menu and sub-menu. Click the Controls menu, and you’ll see Repeat; click that to choose All, which repeats the entire album or playlist until you stop playback, or choose One to play the current song over and over, until you simply have to turn it off.

Repeat

As Jacco points out in a comment below, you can also bring up a menu with Shuffle and Repeat options by right-clicking or Control-clicking just to the right of the artwork, where the Repeat button is:

Screen

Interestingly, the Repeat button appears in the iTunes LCD if you turn on Repeat:

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This suggests that its absence may be a bug in iTunes, and it will be restored later. Even if you click the button to toggle Repeat, or choose Controls > Repeat > Off to turn off the Repeat function, the button remains visible until you quit and relaunch iTunes.


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33 thoughts on “iTunes 12: Where’s the Repeat Button?

  1. Anyone ever think: what if Apple got rid of the repeat button to encourage listeners to expand their music library, increasing the likelihood of an increase in iTunes Store traffic? To put it another way, can the repeat button be considered as limiting to the growth of the music industry? I take no stance in this matter, it’s just a speculation. Though I’m curious to hear your thoughts about it if you have any.

      • Speedy reply. If it is, it’s really a silly bug isn’t it? I guess the complete removal of the repeat function seems like a plain evil act in itself.

        “they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our repeat!!”

          • What kind of a world’s biggest company makes users going a long way looking for “repeat button”?

            They’ve been doing stupid things since Steve was down, asking buying more cloud, useless graphic movements drain battery, asking updating phone everyday, everything becomes harder to understand especially setting stuff.

  2. Hi I’m on windows and can’t figure out how to get to the control menu? And if I right click next to the shuffle button it doesn’t even give me the option of turning on repeat then! I’m at my wits end with this ridiculous bug, help would be very much appreciated

  3. “Even if you click the button to toggle Repeat, or choose Controls > Repeat > Off to turn off the Repeat function, the button remains visible until you quit and relaunch iTunes.”
    Thats not true .. once you change the song or the album goes the beloved repeat button.

  4. You all seem to be talking about iTunes. What about Repeat in Music on a device? This is unbelievable. Thinking about quitting Apple altogether. Can’t live without a Repeat option.

    • There is a repeat button on the device. it’s at the bottom beside the shuffle button, once you expanded the music window thing.

    • Um, no. I really don’t think so. If the button were totally gone – not just hidden behind what I think is a bug – then maybe.

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