How to use Up Next in iTunes 11

How to use Up Next in iTunes 11

Up Next is a great new feature in iTunes 11 that lets you quickly and easily stage songs you want to listen to shortly, without killing the song or playlist that's already playing. The idea is that it gives you a secondary queue where you can add songs as the mood strikes you, or remove them if you change your mind, and they'll be seamlessly inserted into the flow of you music with interruption. And you can add, edit, or clear them whenever you like.

How to add songs to Up Next

  1. Launch iTunes 11 on your Mac or PC.
  2. Find the song that you'd like iTunes to play next and right click on the title.
  3. Click on Add to Up Next.
  4. That's it. Your song has been added to Up Next. After it plays, it will disappear from the list on its own.

It's worth noting that as you add songs to Up Next, they'll be played in the order you added them. The last song you added will be the last song in the Up Next list. You can, however, change the order however you'd like. To find out how, keep on reading.

How to access the Up Next playlist

  1. Launch iTunes 11 on your Mac or PC.
  2. Hover over the top section where you see the Apple logo or the title of the currently playing song.
  3. You will see a list icon off to the right hand side. Click on it to drop down the Up Next playlist.

How to edit or clear out songs in Up Next

iTunes 11 also gives you the ability to edit, manage, and delete songs from your Up Next playlist as well.

  1. Launch iTunes 11 on your Mac or PC.
  2. Hover over the top section where you see the Apple logo or the title of the currently playing song.
  3. You will see a list icon off to the right hand side. Click on it to drop down the Up Next playlist.
  4. You can click on the grey x to delete songs or on the clear button to clear the entire Up playlist.
  5. You can also drag titles around to change their order in the Up Next playlist if you wish.

How to re-add previously played tracks to Up Next

If you previously added a song to Up Next and it has already played and disappeared, there's an easier way to re-add it than digging through your library again.

  1. Launch iTunes 11 on your Mac or PC.
  2. Hover over the top section where you see the Apple logo or the title of the currently playing song.
  3. You will see a list icon off to the right hand side. Click on it to drop down the Up Next playlist.
  4. Click on the Clock icon that appears next to the Clear option.
  5. Here you'll see a list of all the songs you've previously added to Up Next. Hover over any one of them with your mouse and you'll see a + sign appear to the left of the title. Click on it to add it to the Up Next playlist again.

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kch50428 says:

One can accomplish similar tasks via the iPad Remote app and shuffle a video playlist.

Gsarfin says:

Wish it was that simple on iPhone too

Allan Marcus says:

So how do you keep the up next list showing? When I select Show Up Next in the View menu, it show the list, but as soon as I click out of the list, it disappears. Way too many clicks to keep it showing.

corsa180 says:

Up Next is a poor replacement for iTunes DJ. I hope Apple adds some of the missing features from DJ back into Up Next.

Specifically, I miss the ability for GUESTS to connect to your library via their iOS Remote and vote for songs to influence the playlist (without having control over the playlist.)

Also, the ability for higher-rated songs to play more frequently.

For me, iTunes DJ worked better than Up Next.

Yesterdays Shoveler says:

Same here. I like the idea of Up Next, but not at the expense of iTunes DJ.

Yesterdays Shoveler says:

Something I discovered this morning is that if you're playing an album that was not added to the Up Next playlist, but mid-way through you queue up another album to Up Next, it will not start playing the new album after the first album finishes. Instead, it plays whatever you just added to Up Next. I don't really like that.

2oh1 says:

Up Next is pretty terrible.

If you mostly play playlists - especially large smart playlists - you can no longer see the shuffled order in the playlist. Crazy. iTunes 11 is riddled with intentionally poor design as Apple tries to make the app more of a For Dummies app. It's sad, really. There are some great new features in iTunes 11. I'm not saying it's all bad. But wow did Apple mess up some of the functionality in order to dumb the app down.

dv1003 says:

I thought for a while I was the only one who misses this feature. I like to shuffle before playing the music, see if I like the order or not, and then reshuffle to get an order I like before playing. Then I want to just leave it alone and let it play in the background while I'm doing other stuff. I like the element of a bit of surprise shuffle gives me (because I don't memorize the order after checking it out), but I don't want to hear, for example, a bunch of 80s songs in a row in a playlist that has a variety of music, so I want the option to reshuffle and see the order before playing the music.

Pharmacy Bar Graz says:

Sometimes i need to put a song into the middle of a playlist to play next but then i want to go back to continue the original playlist. Up next doesnt have this feature!

Smithy1783 says:

I wish you could add Podcasts to Up Next.

I like to switch from chat to music through the day... But I can't find a way to make Up Next play nicely with Podcasts.