I can't believe they've removed this functionality! It's basically how I interact with the app 80% of the time and now I feel totally lost. I could easily shuffle everything or entire genres of albums inside playlist folders and now in down to playing single albums. Someone actually decided that this wonderful button was a waste of space and that we'd be better off without it.
Yeah I have a similar case with playlists that are separated based on the region of music, and which playlists I want to make public and which ones I want private. But I listen to all of them (as none of them have the same songs), so I pretty much use the Shuffle / Play All button on the playlist folders practically every single time I listen to my music. I barely listen to my individual playlists.
They already had this implemented in previous versions, so it'd be a matter simply of re-adding that part of the code and maybe a little debugging to re-implement it. To be brutally honest, at times like this and as a paying customer, I get a strong feeling to simply switch to Google Play music to not have to deal with shenanigans like this. Sigh...
I also am lost. I have all of my jazz in one folder. All of my other playlists in another. Usually I can just hit shuffle play and enjoy the tunes. Suddnely it disappeared and I am lost. I don't want to have to pick one group of songs. I love that I never know what's coming up on my commute. You guys really messed up on this one. Not threatening to leave my premium yet but it won't take long before I am tired of this. Odd thing I can still shuffle play through my stereo at home from my iMac. What???
Yes, there's one more thing - a little hint to your software dev team along with this issue. I think it's time to consider a beta testing program. :) Better to solve these kind of issues in beta releases than mainstream ones right?
Really hope this gets brought back soon. In the meantime, it'll have to be the annoying and repetetive process of having a seperate "Shuffle" playlist in which you constantly remove and recopy all the songs from every other playlist (which by the way, you can only do on a computer, not a mobile device - so that's a pain too).
If you have a a desk or laptop at home with Spotify, you can start your big playlist on it and open Spotify on your phone before you leave home. It will still be playing the main list on your phone unless something f**ks up.