Can I approximate my old habits of saving/downloading/listening on the new interface or am I just screwed? Here's how thing used to work for me:
- I used to have the download switch on for the songs I saved, so when I saved a specific song, it would automatically download.
- I mainly used the Library>Artist list to access the songs I saved, which was nice, I could binge-listen the whole discography of an artist without having to take my phone out of my pocket and play the next album.
- I could unsave songs I didn't like, so I wouldn't have to download them or come across them when I listen to music.
To summarize and provide an example, I used to be able to save a couple of non-album singles, the entirity of "Multi-Love" and "Unknown Mortal Orchestra", plus the album "II" but without the 3 songs from that album that I don't like. As a result, I could listen singles, complete albums and parts of albums from an artist in a string, without, for example needing a free hand and enough room to pull out the phone on that stuffy bus where I stand, or having to take my glove off and touch my phone on a cold winter day outside. It was awesome user experience. Now it is not awesome at all.
Update 1: I fiddled around a bit and found out that I can still switch song download on, but the absolutely silly thing is, when you save an entire album you have saved none of the songs, and when you have saved all the songs on an album, you haven't saved the album. So you can only view the saved songs as individual items, and I used to have more than a thousand songs in my library, which will make it very hard for me to find my songs and play them in order. I will probably need to make a playlist for every single artist I want to listen to, and litter my list of playlists that is already kind of a mess.
I also found out that saving (or "favoriting", another stupid thing I will talk about) an album means you now have a shortcut to that album, congrats! You can now go to the full album, not the songs you "favorited" from that album. There are two problems with that. The first one is, the song from that album that I don't like will be queued. I have to manually skip/remove it every time I listen to an album now. The second one is, if I forget or neglect to remove it from the queue when I'm on mobile data, the song that I didn't even want to listen in the first place will cost me my precious bytes, which especially sucks if you live in Turkey.
Also, whoever thought that releasing this update without/before making a similar update available for the desktop app would be fine was STUPID. I had to figure out whether the old function of saving a song was still there and whether saving on computer would result in favoriting on the phone. It was frustrating and confusing, thank God it didn't take long.
The only way I can work around this is going to songs, filtering them by artist's name, but the only sorting option I would then get is by title or by recency, not by album. If Spotify added a "sort by album/artist" option it'd all be fine but of course, they won't do this in the near future. I used their Windows Phone app before and also watched them as they updated and downgraded the desktop app. They don't really care what they take away form the users with these updates. I understand that this interface change will just make a lot of people happy and a lot of people will be just indifferent, but I bet there are a lot of people that used to enjoy Spotify like I did and now they have no way of doing that.
As soon as I find a more suitable streaming platform, I will switch.
Update 2: Please support my suggestion here, thanks in advance:
Update 3: The best workaround I've found so far is switching to offline mode so the app grays out the other songs and skips ahead to the downloaded ones. This means you have to choose whether you want to download the new songs you favorited or enjoy that part of the album you like when you're on wi-fi, or whether you are going to find and share the url of that song you found online and didn't fave but you thought your friend would like when you're listening while the moile data is on. You still have to queue all the albums and singles together to listen to an artist's selected discography, in contrast to having to press play on one of the songs(which is what the previous interface provided).