Spotify to Separate Play and Shuffle Buttons for Premium Subscribers

Spotify is separating its play and shuffle buttons for paying subscribers, the streaming service has announced.

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Currently, the Spotify interface uses a combined play and shuffle button at the top of playlists and artist pages, so the change should make things simpler for Premium customers who prefer to listen to songs in the order they are listed.

Writing in a blog post, the company said the individual play and shuffle buttons would be rolling out on iOS and Android devices for Spotify subscribers worldwide over the coming weeks.

This new change will allow you to choose the mode you prefer at the top of playlists and albums and listen the way you want to. Whether you love the joy of the unexpected with Shuffle mode, or prefer listening to tunes in order by simply pressing Play, Spotify has you covered.

Spotify has received criticism in the past for its penchant for shuffling tracks, not just from users, but also artists frustrated that their albums are not being experienced in their proper running order.

Following the release of "30" by Adele last November, the singer thanked Spotify for removing the shuffle button as the default option when playing albums. Artists "don't create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason," she tweeted. "Thank you Spotify for listening."

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Top Rated Comments

orbital~debris Avatar
25 months ago
Wait, what?

They are making a song & dance (no pun intended) about adding basic functionality?!
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kirky29 Avatar
25 months ago
Does anybody else find (with both Spotify and Apple Music) shuffle mode seems to be crap, it always feels like it just plays the same 20 songs on loop. My main playlist has 800 songs in yet it's always the same ones played. Maybe it's just in my head!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
incoherent_1 Avatar
25 months ago
Never understood this design choice to begin with, but glad it's finally done.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
25 months ago
Ooooo how exciting. Apple Music all the way for me. I gave up Spotify last year.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
25 months ago
I did not even notice that it was one button and I use Spotify daily lol
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannys1 Avatar
25 months ago
"We decided that chronological playing of the album as the original artist intended was old fashioned and used an algorithm to decide the order of the tracks for you instead"
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)