Basics

The app is divided into 3 main parts:

In settings, you can adjust the settings for generating a queue, change your gestures preferences and toggle various other options in the app.

The queue view is where your music queue is displayed and where you'll be adding, removing, changing songs. Tap on edit to reveal the controls. The plus button allows you to browse your music library for songs to add. The search icon allows you to add songs just by typing in a search phrase. The shuffle button will shuffle all the songs after the now playing song. The requeue button needs to be tapped for any changes you made to the queue to apply in the music app.

The controls view is where you see what is currently playing and where you control music playback. Swipe to change song, change volume. Tap to pause. On iPhone, double tap to show controls.

FAQs

Can I crossfade songs?
InstanTunes works by getting your music from the music app, then playing your queue through the music app. The whole app is based completely around this principle. And since the Music app does not crossfade, InstanTunes is not capable of it. There are some 3rd party apps that crossfade Music items, but they do not work in the same manner as InstanTunes when it comes to interacting with the Music app.

Why do I need to press “Requeue”?
When you make changes to the queue, they do not take effect in the iPod or Music app due to limitations in iOS. When you press “Requeue” you will hear a slight stutter which means the changes have taken place. You can turn on “Auto-Requeue” in the “Other” section of the settings. This will requeue the queue for you when it thinks you have finished editing.

Why can't I choose a play count filter in the Underplayed and SmartMix filters?
SmartMix & Underplayed filters actually use the play count along with other metadata from your songs to filter your chosen source. If you need to specify a play count limit, use the custom filter.

Why does InstanTunes take a long time after the music starts playing to generate the queue?
Where possible, InstanTunes saves a song from each filter and then the next time you generate a queue, if the saved song meets the filter criteria you chose, it will queue it before it begins filtering the rest of the songs. Its just a way InstanTunes can get music to your ears faster. Please note: do not quit the app or lock your device while InstanTunes is still generating a queue.

How can I speed up creating queues?
The smaller the source (small playlist instead of Entire music library) and the less complex the filters (Don't filter genres or don't even filter at all & don't shuffle), the quicker InstanTunes will generate the queue.

InstanTunes keeps saying “No Songs Found” when I generate a queue. Why?
Occasionally, the iPod or Music app will quit (more frequent on older devices), this means InstanTunes cannot access your library and therefor thinks there are no songs. To fix this problem, simply open the iPod or Music app then return to InstanTunes. The app is more likely to be quit if the device is low on memory so restarting your device will help.

Why is “allow adding duplicate songs” not recommended?
InstanTunes is completely integrated with the built in Music app - it gets the songs from there & plays your queues in there. Sadly, the Music app doesn't communicate with InstanTunes as well as I'd like. For instance, if you have 'Song A' in your queue twice, InstanTunes knows that 'Song A' is currently playing, but has no way of telling whether the first instance of 'Song A' is playing or the second. For this reason, InstanTunes will not know what song to requeue, or where to display the now playing icon.

What is auto-suppression?
If auto-suppression is turned on in the other settings, each time a song either finishes or the next song button is pressed while InstanTunes is open, the song that just finished will be deleted from the queue.

Tips & Tricks

Swipe on a row in the queue list while not in edit mode to reveal concealed buttons.

When in edit mode, double tap the re-order grabber to move the song to just after the now playing song. On iPhone, tap on the queue tab icon twice to scroll to the now-playing song. On iPad, tap on the queue name once to do the same.

Simply swipe on the settings views to swap between them - no need to use the buttons.

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