June Monthly Ideas Review

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Monthly Ideas Review


Every month the Community Team reviews our Ideas Board. In this blog we'll present some of the ones we’ve updated in the past month!

 

IMPLEMENTED:

1.  Sorting Options for List of Playlists

With the recent update to Your Library on mobile, it's now possible to sort and filter your Playlists, Artists and Albums in more ways. 

 

To find the filters, just pull down on the tab you're on, select filters and then choose the one you'd like. The 'Custom Order' filter on the Playlist section will mirror the order you have on Desktop - which means it's now possible to maintain the way your organise your tunes on Desktop across to Mobile. 

 

2. Bring Back Albums' Length

3. Add & Remove Content separately (Artist, Album, Songs)

4. Car View

5. Bring back the old Web Player

 

GOOD IDEA:

6. Spotify in Ukraine

Spotify is launching regularly in countries around the world. Please keep an eye on the Spotify blog or signup here to be first to hear if we reach Ukraine.

 

NOT RIGHT NOW:

7. Add complete Playlists to the Queue

 

We just wanted to update this to say it's possible to add all tracks from a playlist to your queue on Desktop. To do so, just head to your playlist > select all tracks using 'Ctrl/Cmd + A' > right click and select 'Add to Queue'. 

 

There aren't currently plans to implement this on Mobile,  but if anything changes we'll update you here. 

 

 

 

CASE CLOSED:

8. Bring back Recently Played to Your Library

 

With the new update you can now find your Recently Played tunes section on the home screen. Additionally, it's also possible to sort your Albums, Artists and Playlist by Recently Added. To do so, pull down to reveal the search bar, click the 'filters' options and then select 'Recently Played'. You'll also spot some other filter options too, like 'Name' so you can sort your playlists alphabetically.

 

9. Bring Spotify's old UI back

10. Option to show Lyrics only

 

We thrive on Ideas

 

We're actively bringing your comments and feedback to the teams here so they know which features are important to you. If you've got a good idea, you can submit it here.

 

Want to help manage the Ideas Exchange as an Ideas Guardian? Read more about the Rock Star Program here

 

If you'd also like to see some changes before other users, as well as talk directly with developers, you can sign-up to join our thousands of Beta testers here.

 

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34 Comments
Squidkid
Newbie

Instead of home page recently played. just add it to the library tab like everyone is asking.

GrawlixL
Casual Listener

This is profoundly disappointing.

 

You ignored by FAR the most active thread, and instead of saying something like "we aren't willing to roll back the UI, but we admit that features were removed that annoyed a lot of people, so here's our plan to reimplement them," you just linked to the library announcement as though we don't know how it works already—and it's still ignoreing MANY of the missing features in the new UI.

 

It's embarassing that an update that was so far from being ready to ship was released to the public, it's embarassing how little Spotify responded to immediate concerns, and it's embarrassing that this is the "ideas review" after all is said and done. I was hoping for this all to blow over when Spotify addresses the concerns, but it looks like Spotify just wanted it to blow over without doing much at all.

candyshards
Newbie

As your customers, how exactly are we meant to feel when your staff continuously refuses to properly address all of the issues with this update that we've complained about? Or when they patronize us by implying that Spotify's userbase is just too stupid to figure out how much easier and better this update is supposed to make our experience, even when we're repeatedly telling you after months of implementation that it does the exact opposite? How is responding to a 70 page thread with over 5000 votes echoing those complaints with one unhelpful and irrelevant post that addresses exactly none of those complaints then promptly closing it supposed to help us at all?

I've cancelled my Spotify Premium account and at this point I don't even know that a comprehensive update could change the way I feel. I've used and enjoyed paying for a Spotify experience that made sense for years, but your response to the irritation and confusion surrounding this update has totally eroded my trust and desire to continue to be a customer.

Mean_Derr
Regular

I've spoken to friends who use Spotify, most of them didn't even notice the update. Out of seven people, myself included, only two of us noticed or cared about what had happened to the app.

Out of the two of us only one is still a paying user.

Listen to the user community and address their concerns specifically... (bring back the songs tab).

These canned responses are as trash as your algorithm.

datfenristho
Music Fan

Extremely disappointing. Not even a proper response to everyone hating the new ui, and loss of functionality? Just the exact same copy and pasted response that's been put everywhere. You guys must really be desperate to drive people to your competitors.

Seanman117
Newbie

Your total disregard of community desires is appalling. It's disgraceful for a company to so arrogantly ignore the concerns and wants of its own consumers. It's absolutely amazing how you do not care about the people who traversed your awful looking website to complain about your awful looking update. I will be joining many other people in canceling my subscription if I don't see some semblance of either a UI rollback or a massive revamp of the current UI.

migsu103
Newbie

Please add back the recently played list. It could be easily added as a tab next to playlists, artists and albums.

It is ridiculously stupid design to teach people to use a function for a long time by having it right in front of them and then taking it compeltely away. The recently played list is my way of sorting my music. I very rarely add anything to a playlist. The list at my front page is way too short, and difficult to use.

To be completely real with you, this feature has been what kept me with spotify. Now I don't really have a reason anymore so I might just as well use another platform I already have a subscriotion to for another reason.

EstebanG
Newbie

Is this a joke?

 

The new update is widely despised. There was loads of feedback about how you have literally RUINED music libraries that had been curated over years of use. For what - slightly easier access to podcasts?

 

I've been a premium subscriber for years and never, ever felt the need to moan about any updates. But this one stinks. The UI is absolutely dire, the peformance is dire and the response from Spotify has been a farce.

 

So I've spent the past 2 weeks rebuilding my library in Amazon Music and am terminating my subscription. I am not the only person I know doing this (IRL - it looks like there are literally thousands of people doing it across the broader userbase).

 

With this response, you've shown that not only are your design team a bunch of cretins, but your community engagement and corporate decision-makers are as well. Honestly, **bleep** you guys. Never have I seen such a shitty attitude towards a userbase in nearly 4 decades of experience of shitty attitudes. 

overwilhelmed
Music Fan

This blog post was the last draw for me. Absolutely no acknowledgement of the features that were removed (alphabetical scroll bar?) and simply shutting down the most popular idea on this site with a canned "Case Closed" status which said loudly "WE HEAR YOU, WE DON'T CARE"

Every music service in the market today largely provides the same music library and tailored playlists. Each have their nuances in terms of UI and exclusives. Spotify had the lead in the race in both categories and just cut off one of their legs. Congrats on giving up the lead to Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon. 

DonBongo
Casual Listener

I can't believe this is the response to the comments and complaints of the new library experience.

I have hundreds and hundreds of artists whose songs or albums I have saved. Now there is no way to easily view the artists. I do not want to follow an artist who has one or two songs I like nor do I want to follow an artist who has 1 or 2 albums I like. If I follow an artist it is because I want to receive notifications about what they are doing. What is the point of saying you can disable notifications for followed artists?

Furthermore the idea that we have to *manually* add every artist we have ever liked to get them in our library is astounding. There isn't even a whisper about "streamlining" this experience.

It's apparent that someone in Spotify HQ has Grand ideas about "what is best for users" but I implore someone to actually look at the comments, complaints, and suggestions and do something more than say "well you can look at all of your songs in a playlist now".

srvereb
Newbie

When artist's older albums/mixtapes become available to stream, label them the year they were dropped verse when they were put on the platform e.g. Chance the Rappers's Acid Rap, 2013, and 10 Day, 2012.

LethalCure
Casual Listener
Hey DonBongo,

Just a quick response to the comment that you made...

Question:

‘’ What is the point of saying you can disable notifications for followed artists?’’

Answer:

In case you change your mind the next day and decide that you don’t like the artist no more, then you have the option of disabling notifications so you don’t have to be reminded that their still singing. Options are always good regardless of whether it suits you or not because it might suit someone else, if it doesn’t then you have the option of not disabling it, how’s that for options? Plenty of them!! So, long story short, my best word of advice to you would be to either look to the left or look to the right, instead of looking straight at your screen in order to avoid all eye contact with the notification setting.
DonBongo
Casual Listener

Hey LethalCure,

 

Not sure what you mean here. As far as I know there are no options to disable notifications for certain followed artists while leaving the ones I actually care about enabled. Just a general "disable all" for new music from an artist, activity, etc.

My point is that now that we are forced to follow every artist to populate our libraries the notifications are bulging with noise I don't care about. I can no longer curate my specific follow list since the update and am forced to disable all notifications that come from artists.

Previously I could have my liked artists area (which was every artist who had an album or song I had saved) and my followed artists area (which was very small and heavily curated). I can't see how this update has done anything other than take options away from me and made my user experience far worse.

Treigns99
Regular

I really miss not being able to see the number of songs in my playlists. Why not just put it next to playtime?

 

len1010
Regular

The idea of eliminating alphabetizing the playlists when you want to add songs to an existing playlist. To have to scroll this feature is frustrating and extremely annoying. You don’t know where an existing playlist is when everything is random. I really don’t understand who thought that this would be easier to use. I cringe when I want to add something. It’s tedious.

Amelena96
Newbie

New update is trash. You guys really need to be humbled and reminded that the customer comes first. Forget all your parent companies requests to impose what YOU want us to listen to. This new layout isnt worth a **bleep** and you know it. Trying to explain to us how we need to use this new format should be a red flag that you have created new unnecessary and unwanted complications. You’re a big time sell out in my book. Currently transferring all my music onto Apple Music. Going to make the most of their three month free trial. Know that y’all leaving a bad last impression on all the loyal customers that have been with you for years. 

Mauro97P
Newbie

Salve,

avrei due idee che potrebbero essere implementate...

La prima, come scritto sopra, potrebbe essere di implementare un'opzione che permette di aggiungere una playlist alla coda di ascolto anche nella versione mobile...

Questo potrebbe essere utile se per esempio, come me, avete due playlist (una composta da musiche del momento e una di musiche storiche 70s-80s), e volessi sentire tutti e due i generi senza però modificare le playlist ma solo la coda di ascolto.

La seconda idea, invece, consiste nell'inserire una barra di ricerca subito nella home della playlist, e non passando dalle impostazioni della playlist.

silverporo
Newbie

Playlist archives would be amazing

capiers
Newbie

I no longer have a Facebook account nor want one but in order for me to "Find friend" I need one. I understand why Spotify probably took this approach (existing social API) but it creates a challenge for those who do not want a Facebook account. The challenge is not being able to "Find friends" and follow them as well as friends not being able to follow you. Spotify is not just a music platform it is also a social platform, I would suggest Spotify develop a system that gives its members the ability to find and follow people without having to rely on a Facebook account.

Len38
Newbie

Not impressed with the update... 

 

There needs to be a seperation between liking and adding to library. It's so confusing the way it is currenty set up. Especially now that the songs tab has been removed??? why would that be taken away???

 

I don't want to 'like' every song in my library. I want the option to add a whole album or even partial album and like the songs that are my favorite from that album. 

 

 

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