Spotify is horrible to use on Nvidia shield tv pro

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Spotify is horrible to use on Nvidia shield tv pro

OzLev
Regular

 

Plan

Premium

Country

UK

Device

Nvidia shield tv pro

Operating System

Android TV

 

My Question or Issue

Just moved over to a Nvidia tv pro and absolutely hate how Spotify is on there. (to the point of actually looking into other music streaming options) Currently the biggest flaw is that I am unable to view artists and albums in alphabetical order as there is no filter (unlike my mobile phone and my other cheap old android box) no option to see new releases on a Friday and find the whole experience clunky and not user friendly. Its almost like it has been designed by a person that does not like music !! Why is this so different from the usual android Spotify app????? (which i am very happy with)

I can use my phone to select an artist or album but why should I when I just paid out on a supposedly "top of the game entertainment device"
Is there any solution to this? I tried sideloading Spotify from my other android box, it would install but not open.

8 Replies

Brn107
Casual Listener

I have a Shield TV too not Pro tho and the app is horrible! I am unable to search AT ALL. A keyboard just doesn't show up when you click the search bar. Also the main reason I am trying to use the app is to watch the Joe Rogan Podcast which doesn't work. There are a couple very old joe rogan podcasts listed on the app and that's it and none have video. Even if I'm watching a podcast on my phone in Spotify there is no way to cast it to my shield. It seems like this really isn't a fully functioning app and really only ment to work by casting from your phone which now with video podcasts doesn't even work. 

Elena
Moderator
Moderator

Hey there @Brn107,

 

Thank you for your post and letting us know about this.

 

You should be able to find and open the JRE Podcast on your TV. In this case we recommend you to:

  • Try with another internet connection.
  • Perform a reinstall of the app
  • Log in with another account - such as a friend's or a family member's to see if the issue persists.

Keep us posted. We'll be having an eye out for your reply 🙂

 

Cheers!

 

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whammo
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Hello, that does not address the issue at all as posted by the original user. The issue is that Spotify differs significantly (and not for the better) between regular Android platform and Android TV (which Nvidia Shiled has but many cheaper Android TV boxes do not).

There is no way to scroll without skipping tracks, there is no "search artist radio" feature (a key one for me), there is no "add to a playlist" feature, and the search function is next to useless.

So no, telling someone how they can listen to Joe Rogen does not resolve the sub-standard quality of the Spotify platform as initially inquired about.

Brn107
Casual Listener

Yeah the Spotify app for android TV needs to be completely rebuilt. I don't even attempt to use it anymore. If I am at home using my TV for music or podcasts sadly Spotify is not my go to. And with YouTube's seamless transition from TV to YouTube music on my phone the thought of switching completely has crossed my mind. If I wasn't to lazy to move all my playlists I might have dropped Spotify already lol. 

Brn107
Casual Listener

Like the comment below stated, JRE has little to do with it. Until Spotify rebuilds the android TV app I don't even care to try using it. 

Elena
Moderator
Moderator

Hey there folks!

 

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and we're sorry to hear you feel this way.

 

We recommend suggesting your improvement ideas on our Ideas board so that it could get support from other users as well. Take a look at this page to see how to post an Idea.

 

If you're interested in how ideas work and how your feedback reaches the right teams here, check this page out.

 

Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you. We'd be happy to help.

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mhodgson6
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AGREED  I have Spotify on my Nvidia shield and it is not a particularly friendly user interface. There is no option to search through or filter liked songs. (Not going to scroll thru 1k songs....). No option to see new releases. Other standard features are also missing. Why is this app so much worse than the standard android app, which I quite like? I’m  considering other methods of playing music on my shield TV system, to be honest. Needs a rebuild or update.

Novy
Moderator
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Hey there @mhodgson6

 

Thanks for reaching out about this in the Community.

 

We understand where you're coming from and we really value your feedback. This helps inform our decisions going forward and we'll make sure to pass it on to the right teams. 

 

If anything else comes up, we're always a message away. 

 

Cheers. 

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