What you need to know
- Spotify wants to give users more control over the way they listen to music on the platform.
- The service is adding separate Play and Shuffle buttons for premium users.
- The new change will be available in the Android and iOS versions of the app in the coming weeks.
Spotify is finally embracing one of YouTube Music’s most useful features for years: the ability to play or shuffle soundtracks with individual buttons. The new change is coming to both its Android and iOS apps.
The service has announced that separate Play and Shuffle buttons will be available only to premium customers in the coming weeks. The goal is to give them more control over how they listen to music.
Before this update, you could only use the combined Play/Shuffle button, which played songs randomly by default. To play them in sequence, you’ll need to tap on individual songs. Surprisingly, the desktop version lacks this combined functionality, with only the play button visible on the album and playlist pages.
It was one of the app’s long-standing shortcomings, which forced Adele to request a fix. It looks like Spotify heeded the singer’s call and removed the default shuffle feature from albums late last year.
Adele then tweeted, “We don’t make albums with so much care and consideration on our track list for no reason.” “Our art tells a story and our stories should be heard as we want to be heard.”
Different functions will appear at the top of albums and playlists, as they do on many of the best music streaming services, such as YouTube Music and Apple Music.
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“This new change will allow you to choose the mode of your choice at the top of playlists and albums and listen the way you want,” Spotify said in a blog post (opens in new tab). “Whether you prefer the unexpected joy with Shuffle Mode, or just listen to tunes by pressing Play, Spotify has you covered.”
However, the new update may not bode well for the free users who have been struggling for the same change for a long time. Indeed, Spotify charging is a bit surprising for what should be the most basic function of its app.