Spotify is absolutely separating its play and shuffle buttons — however just for Premium subscribers. Today, the corporate introduced that it’s starting to roll out particular person buttons for the 2 capabilities, which will exchange the mixed play / shuffle button that’s at present on the high of playlists and artist pages. The change is predicted to hit Android and iOS units “in 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,” Spotify wrote on its weblog. “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 penchant for shuffling tracks has, at instances, drawn the frustration of artists who need their albums to be heard within the unique working order. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason,” Adele tweeted final yr. This led Spotify to show the usual play button by default on album pages as a substitute of the play / shuffle combo. Now, Spotify Premium customers will see particular person buttons all through the app. “From the moment you hit play on Spotify, you decide the way you want to hear your favorite playlists or that new album you’re obsessed with,” the corporate wrote.
It appears a bit ludicrous that Spotify is now utilizing buttons and its consumer interface as a differentiator between the service’s free and paid choices, however right here we’re. Unfortunately, you continue to gained’t be capable to play or shuffle any Spotify HiFi tracks. It’s now been nearly 18 months since Spotify introduced its lossless-quality streaming tier, and the corporate has but to roll it out to subscribers. And no, I’ll by no means cease bringing it up.