Browse among the iPad Music App's Tabs - dummies

Browse among the iPad Music App’s Tabs

If you’d rather browse your music library than search for a specific tune in the Music app, tap the appropriate tab at the bottom of the screen — Playlists, Artists, Songs, Albums, Genres, and More — and all items of that type appear. Or you can tap the More button to browse Compilations or Composers, or to connect to a shared library.

After tapping one of these tabs, you can find a playlist, song, artist, album, or genre by

  • Flicking upward or downward to scroll up and down the list until you find what you’re looking for.

  • Tapping one of the little letters on the right side of the screen to jump to that letter in the list (all categories except Genres).

Then, when you find what you’re looking for, here’s what happens (depending on which tab is selected):

  • Playlists: A list of playlists available on this iPad appears. Tap a playlist and the songs it contains appear in a list. Tap a song to play it.

  • Songs: The song plays.

    If you’re not sure which song you want to listen to, try this: Tap the Shuffle button at the top of the screen. Your iPad then plays songs from your music collection at random.

  • Artists: A list of artists’ names appears. Tap an artist, and all the albums and songs by that artist appear; tap a song, and it plays.

    To see the list of artists again, you can either tap the Artists button near the upper-left corner of the screen or tap the Artists tab at the bottom of the screen.

    The figure shows the scrolling list of albums you’ll see after you tap an artist’s name. (In this case, that artist is Bleu.)


  • Albums: The Albums option works pretty much the same way as Artists, except you see a list of album covers instead of a list of artists. Tap an album, and its contents appear.

    To play one of the songs on the album, tap it. To return to the list of albums, tap the Albums button near the upper-left corner of the screen or tap the Albums tab at the bottom.

  • Genres: When you tap Genres, a list of genres — Comedy, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, and so on — appears. Tap a genre, and a list of the songs in that genre appears.

  • More: Tap More to see Compilations and Composers, which work the same as the Playlist, Songs, and other tabs.

If you’re looking for other iTunes content such as movies or TV shows, you find them in the Videos app. Podcasts are found in the Podcasts app, and iTunes U courses are found in the iTunes U app — both of these apps are free, but you must get them from the App Store.