How to Stop iTunes Shuffling Music on Mac and Windows

How to stop iTunes shuffling music on Mac and Windows

iTunes for Mac and Windows has a feature which allows music to shuffle between songs in a library, and sometimes iTunes appears to automatically shuffle songs in a music library whether the user intended to enable the feature or not. Often this is because a user has selected to enable the shuffle option intentionally but forgot about it, but sometimes shuffle my be turned on accidentally or inadvertently. Additionally, some iTunes users occasionally report that their music will seemingly shuffle and skip between songs randomly as well.

If you want to disable music shuffling in iTunes in Mac OS or Windows, you can easily do so using a few different methods.

One approach is to look for the little shuffle button which toggles the feature off and on, it looks the same in iTunes on a computer as it does in iOS. Another approach is to disable the shuffle feature through menu options.

How to Stop iTunes Shuffling Music on Mac or Windows

Setting shuffle off via the iTunes menu items is easy:

  1. Open iTunes if you have not done so already, and start playing any music or song from a library
  2. Pull down the “Controls” menu and then go to the “Shuffle” submenu
  3. Select “OFF” so that the checkmark appears next to the Off label to disable shuffling
  4. Stop iTunes shuffling music by turning Shuffle OFF

This should completely turn off shuffling of music in iTunes on Mac OS or Windows.

Note that if you turn shuffling to OFF and the music continues to shuffle, you will likely want to turn shuffle on, start playing music, then turn shuffle OFF again, and that should resolve it. It’s likely iTunes version dependent, but some users have reported off and on that shuffle seems to either turn itself on, or is stubbornly persistent even if toggled off. Of course, user error or misunderstanding how shuffle works is also a possible explanation, particularly for those who are not familiar with the shuffle button icon which exists in iTunes, and is fairly easy to toggle on unintentionally. That’s another way to turn off and on shuffling, which we’ll get to next.

Disabling Shuffling of Music and Songs on Mac or Windows via Shuffle Toggle

Another approach to disable shuffling of iTunes music is to toggle the button switch. The shuffle button in iTunes looks the same as it does on iPhone and iPad, so if you’re familiar with shuffling music in iOS 11 and iOS 10, or disabling shuffling in iOS, then you likely know what button to look for.

  1. Open iTunes and start playing any song as usual
  2. Look at the little iTunes track info display at the top of the app which shows the artist, song name, and song length, then find the little shuffle button and click it so that it’s not highlighted
  3. Turn off Shuffle music in iTunes

The shuffle button looks like two intersecting arrows.

If shuffle is enabled, it will look like it does above and below, with a darkened highlight around the button:

Turn off Shuffle music in iTunes

If shuffle is disabled, it will look like two intersecting arrows without a border or highlight on them:

Shuffle button in iTunes

Some people may disable Shuffle in iTunes because they want to play through a track list as it appears in iTunes library, or because they want to stay on one particular album. If you’re disabling shuffle for the latter reason, another helpful tip for shuffling in iTunes involves joining songs together as a compilation in iTunes so that they shuffle together, which works great for shuffling within albums or within artists with broad libraries.

This may seem like a simple or obvious trick, but many users are not aware of how shuffling works or may not be aware that they enabled it accidentally, usually by clicking the little arrow shuffle button.

Of course enabling shuffling is just as easy as selecting the “ON” option in the Shuffle menu, or by clicking on the shuffle button and leaving it highlighted. Use the setting as you want and as you enjoy your music library.

Black Friday is over, but that won’t stop Sam’s Club from having another sale – BGR

Black Friday is long gone but that doesn’t mean Christmas sales are over. Green Monday is almost upon us, with eBay and Target already unveiling new sales promotions for next week.

But it’s Sam’s Club “Bonus Black Friday” sale that you have to check out, as it’s got an unusual twist: it’s all based on Christmas movies.

Shopping for Christmas gifts isn’t the only thing you’ll be doing these days. Chances are that you’re going to watch plenty of Christmas movies, which is a yearly ritual one can’t escape.

Sam’s Club one day sale takes place in December 16th, with sales starting in stores at 7:00 AM local time. You’ll be able to shop online even earlier than that, with discounts going live at 12:01 AM EST over at

Below, you’ll find Sam’s Club movie-based deals which include several gems, like a 55-inch Samsung curved Smart TV and Xbox One S bundle, 1TB PS4, as well as Apple Watch (Series 3 and Series 2) deals:

  • The Holiday = You can take a break from real life without crossing the pond with the SAMSUNG 55” CLASS CURVED UHD SMART TV** AND XBOX ONE® S FORZA 3 BUNDLE. One click and you might just fall in love. Buy BOTH for just $698! ($280 savings)
  • Polar Express = You won’t have to worry about the ice cracking underneath your ride when you have new PIRELLI OR GOOD YEAR TIRES. (up to $140* – save $80 instantly on purchase of 4 new tires + $60 off tire installation)
  • A Christmas Story = Ruined Christmas dinner have you saying “Oh, Fudge?” With the snap of a few sparks and a quick whiff of ozone, the POWER PRESSURE COOKER® PLUS will blaze forth in unparalleled glory. (event price: $69.98) ($20 savings)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life = You may not be able to lasso the moon, but you can land in the stars with all that shines this year. Sam’s Club is offering up to $500 off diamond jewelry. Just take a peek at the sparkling holiday look book!
  • Home Alone = Paint cans and blow torches may have worked for Kevin, but you can protect your home from bandits wet and sticky alike with the SAMSUNG 4-CHANNEL 4-CAMERA 1080P WIRELESS NVR SECURITY SYSTEM. (event price: $329 + free shipping) ($70 savings)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas = You don’t have to rely on Lucy for advice. Do all the searching you want on your new ACER® 2-IN-1 TOUCHSCREEN 15.6” FULL HD IPS NOTEBOOK. (event price: 399 + free shipping) ($150 savings)
  • Love Actually = You can listen to Billy Mack’s version of “Love is All Around” in any kind of weather with the NYNE ROCKTM XTREME SPEAKER (event price: $99.88) ($50 savings).
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer = Reindeer games getting you down? You’ll be shouting out with glee when you see the SONY® 1TB PLAYSTATION® 4 under the tree! (event price: $249 + free shipping) ($50 savings)
  • White Christmas = Whether you’re dreaming of a “White Christmas” or a “Heat Wave” you can sing along with your festive favorites with ITUNES $100 MULTI-PACK GIFT CARDS(event price: 84.47 + free shipping) ($10 savings)
  • Elf = The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. But the second best way may be with the COPPER CHEF® PRO 8-PIECE HEAVY GAUGE COOKWARE SET.(event price: $69.98 + free shipping) ($30 savings)
  • A Christmas Carol = The ghost of Christmas future has arrived with the latest APPLE WATCH® SERIES 3 OR SERIES 2. (Check club or for low member price)
  • Christmas Vacation = Don’t you dare buy that Jelly of the Month Club membership for your friends and family. Instead, give them a FREE MEMBERSHIP TO SAM’S CLUB. Right now new Plus members will receive a Savings Membership certificate to pass along to a friend or family member. It really is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!
  • Home Alone 2 = We can’t all be lucky enough to stay at the Plaza Hotel for Christmas, but you can feel like you are when you use the MEMBER’S MARK HOTEL PREMIER COLLECTION BATH TOWELS. (event price: $4.98)

Sam’s Club ad for the event is available at this link.

Apple supplier Foxconn said it will stop using illegal intern labour to assemble the iPhone X

apple iphone foxconn factoryA Foxconn employee.REUTERS/Bobby Yip
  • Apple supplier Foxconn has admitted to using illegal intern labour to assemble the iPhone X.
  • Students said they worked 11-hour days, which is a breach of Chinese labour law.
  • The scandal comes after Apple reportedly faced delays in getting the iPhone X to customers.

Apple supplier Foxconn has said that it will stop using illegal intern labour in its factories that are used to assemble technology products for some of the world’s biggest companies, according to a report by BBC News.

Foxconn’s use of interns on its production lines was first reported by The Financial Times. Six students told the newspaper that they regularly work 11-hour shifts assembling Apple’s new iPhone X, which is a breach of Chinese labour law. The Financial Times said that a group of 3,000 interns worked in Foxconn’s factories.

The students, who were reportedly aged between 17 and 19, told The Financial Times that their work at Foxconn was work experience that they had to do in order to complete their education.

Now, Foxconn has told BBC News that it has ended its practice of letting interns work overtime. The company reportedly said that it took “immediate action to ensure that no interns are carrying out any overtime work,” and claimed that “interns represent a very small percentage” of its overall workforce.

Apple told BBC News that it is “dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We know our work is never done and we’ll continue to do all we can to make a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain.”

It’s an embarrassing story for Apple, which has regularly faced criticism over the supply chain of its products. Apple had to ask Chinese mining company Huayou to stop using child labour after Sky News found it was using children aged four to mine for the material.

Foxconn has faced its own issues in the past: In 2010 a series of employees committed suicide after working long hours in the factory, which eventually lead to the company erecting suicide nets on its buildings to prevent future deaths.

The iPhone X faced production problems

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo covers Apple’s supply chain in Asia and regularly covered delays with the iPhone X. He said that Apple faced shortages on key components of the device, which meant that it struggled to get the phones it needed ready for when it went on sale.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the potential of delays to the iPhone X in an interview with BuzzFeed. The executive gave a rather diplomatic answer: “We’ll see what happens, but we’ll be working as hard as possible to make as many as possible.

What Black Friday workers wish shoppers would stop doing

Black Friday shopping fightBlack Friday shopping can really bring out the worst in people.Reuters/Luke MacGregorThere’s just something about Black Friday that turns even the most ordinary, usually-well-mannered people into frenzied shopping monsters.

“I can’t believe the level of rudeness that somehow comes out of people this day,” one former Black Friday worker told Business Insider.

“I had my fair share of rude customers on regular days, but Black Friday brings out a really ugly side to people,” she said. “I’m sure it’s a combination of being out there early and the long lines, but I can’t imagine being rude to someone else over a discounted sweater.”

If you have any sympathy for the people working in retail on Black Friday, who often have no choice but to be there, you’ll try to do better as a shopper.

To help you out, we asked Black Friday workers and ex-workers — who have worked at stores ranging from high-end Manhattan boutiques to big box retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target — to anonymously share the annoying things they wish shoppers would stop doing.

Here are 15 things you may have been doing wrong this whole time.

Trying to get lower prices on sale items

Trying to get lower prices on sale items

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“It’s already on sale. Please stop.”


Distrusting salespeople

Distrusting salespeople

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“Asking you to double check if there are additional sizes or options in the back, even after you tell them there aren’t.”

Trying to sneak into the back room for products

Trying to sneak into the back room for products

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“I saw a woman try to sneak into the back room when she didn’t believe we were out of her size.” 

Asking associates to call other stores

Asking associates to call other stores

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“Don’t make us call other stores to find another size, color, or length. It’s the busiest day of the year and the other stores get super annoyed having to answer our call. If it wasn’t meant to be, it wasn’t meant to be. Just go buy it online.”


Undoing neatly-stacked piles of clothes

Undoing neatly-stacked piles of clothes

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“I wish customers would stop messing up folded clothes on tables and shelves. They can ask for assistance in finding their size so that a staff member can carefully help them.”


Walking away from the mess they just made

Walking away from the mess they just made

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“It’s so annoying when people pull something out from the bottom of the pile, knocking the whole thing over, and just walk away. At least try not to make a mess. That goes for any time, not just holiday shopping.” 

Not putting things back properly

“Please stop taking clothes off hangers and then draping it over folded stacks of clothing.

“Putting clothes on the hanger is the easiest to put back — just help out.

“I don’t understand why shoppers add to the mess when they know it’s difficult to shop and look for sizes when stuff is a mess.”


Arguing with sales associates over company policy

“We don’t make the policies, and if we bend the rules, our jobs would be on the line.”


Complaining about prices

Complaining about prices

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“Asking for coupons and then complaining about how expensive everything is is annoying. As a retail employee, I have no control over prices.”

Throwing a tantrum

Throwing a tantrum

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“Yelling doesn’t solve anything, and throwing things everywhere creates a major headache for the associates.”


Being mad that the line is long

Being mad that the line is long

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Fighting in line

Fighting in line

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“I once saw a fight between strangers because someone changed lines. They did not cut in line, they just got behind the other line. And someone in front of that person — so no way they were being affected — decided to verbally attack this person. The person fought back. Nasty things were said, and both these individuals had kids with them to witness this.”

Taking your kids

Taking your kids

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“I worked at Toys R Us some years ago. No stand out bad customers, but it surprised me how many parents brought their young children out at 3 a.m. and then got mad and would yell at their children for whining or crying because ‘You can’t get any toys, Christmas is next month. Ask Santa.’

“Your kid is exhausted and you dragged them to a toy store. Of course they’re gonna be pissed off. Working there really changed my perspective from being annoyed at sh—y kids in public to being annoyed at sh—y parents.” — via Reddit

How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Safari 11

Autoplay video: The bane of the web. You either hate them, or are completely disgusted by them. Fortunately, with Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra (Safari 11 is also available for macOS Sierra), you can easily disable autoplay video and surf the web in relative peace.

Here’s how to stop autoplay videos in Safari 11.

Stop autoplay videos: The quick way

1. When you’re on a website with autoplay videos, you can change how those video behave. Click on Safari > Settings for This Website or right-click the URL box and select Settings for This Website.

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2. A pop-up will appear underneath the URL box. There is a listing that says Auto-Play. If you move your cursor over the phrase next to Auto-Play, you will see that it turns into a pop-up menu with three choices:

  • Allow All Auto-Play
  • Stop Media with Sound
  • Never Auto-Play

Make your selection.

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3. Now click anywhere on the screen to make the pop-up disappear.

Videos will show a Play button. To play a video, click on it.

You can always go back to this Safari preference if you want to change a setting for a website.