The iPhone and iPod Touch have a built in motion sensor that lets you shake the device to shuffle music, which is a really cool feature unless you re running. There are two solutions to this problem, the immediate one is to simply
hit the sleep button on the top of the iPhone after you have selected music to play. This turns the display off and locks the iPhone/iPod into playing music, thus automatically preventing the random song skipping when movement is sensed. The other option, which we prefer, is to just disable the Shake to Shuffle feature entirely, which stops the music from skipping completely: This will stop the iPhone and iPod from skipping songs, seemingly at random, when the phone is moved quickly, as in when walking, running, exercising, or just moving it around suddenly.
That s it, your music won t skip anymore. The Shake to Shuffle feature is surprisingly sensitive. I ve had my iPhone just in my pants pocket and been casually walking around town and experienced frequent song skipping, to the point where each step I took would skip to a new song (FYI, you know it s the song skipping shuffle when you hear a little chime and suddenly the song changes).
Personally I don t really like the feature so I just disabled it entirely, but hitting the top button works just as well for a quick fix. A weird little bug has made its way into Apple Music over the last day or so that makes the service randomly skip songs during playback. I first noticed this last night while playing music on my Apple TV, and earlier today on both my iPhone and Mac.
A quick Twitter search showed that was indeed not the only one in this boat, and after contacting Apple, I have thatб the company is aware of the issue and should fix the problem in the next 72 hours. The symptoms are pretty obvious. While you re listening to songs that are being streamed from Apple Music, certain tracks will just stop playing at random times and skip to the next song. If you re lucky, the next song will play in its entirety. If you aren t, it will just skip at random as well.
From what I could gather, this seems to be a caching issue that prevents the whole track from being cached and stalls the streaming past a certain point. If that is indeed correct, a server side update will likely remedy this. The Apple representative I talked to seemed to indicate this was a widespread problem, and since the company is already aware of it and working on a fix, it should take no more than 72 hours to get fixed. In the meantime, how about giving Tidal a try? jk