The removal of the widget makes absolutely no sense at all. Almost every single person I know with Spotify on Android uses it.
I can only guess it was removed to make the code more similar between different OSes, but that doesn't change how bad of a change it is. Make improvements like allowing us to folder sort artists by genre and the like. Stop taking stuff away.
And in their arrogence they are just ignoring the outrage. They said go vote... and then are just ignoring it. Seriously. I think I might need to cancel my paid subscription if they dont bring this back.