Spotify is planning to introduce separate play and shuffle buttons for its premium subscribers, replacing the current 2-in-1 button found on playlists and artist pages.
Spotify announced the change in a post on their blog. With over 350 million users and about 150 million paid customers, Spotify is the most widely used music streaming service in the world. This change seems like it should have been made a long time ago.
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’s proclivity for rearranging tracks has occasionally irritated artists who prefer to hear their albums in their original order. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason,” Adele tweeted last year. As a result, Spotify now displays the standard play button instead of the play/shuffle combo on album pages by default. Spotify Premium subscribers will now see individual buttons throughout the app.
Introducing the feature, the company wrote that,
It seems absurd that Spotify is now using buttons and its user interface to differentiate between its free and paid offerings, but here we are. Unfortunately, you will still be unable to play or shuffle any Spotify HiFi tracks. It’s been nearly 18 months since Spotify announced its lossless-quality streaming tier, and the company has yet to make it available to subscribers. And no, I’m not going to stop bringing it up.
The update will be made available to Android and iOS users in the coming weeks. This will be a global release that should be available in all regions. The update is only for Premium users; if you have a free Spotify account, nothing will change.