Spotify automatically updated to the newest version and now the side-bar that used to stream what my friends were listening to, no longer does that. It is just completely blank. Any suggestions on how to fix this???
Possibly, actually - Now that I think about it. We've got a new system called "Follow". You might not actually be following anyone.
Click on "Following" on the left hand side (which has replaced "Friends"). You should see "Facebook Friends on Spotify" at the top - You can start following people here.
The follow option is to better curate suggested music to you - For example, some of my friends might not listen to the sort of music I'm into. It's nothing personal! But I might be interested into recommendations based on some of my friends - So I can choose to follow them.
Not sure if you can spread the word to the "higher powers" in the spotify world, but I am not a fan of this at all. It was much better having a random stream of what your friends were listening to. This was one of the main ways I discovered new music on spotify. Also, there's no privacy if you do follow certain people, which makes me less inclined to actually follow people. The old feature of seeing a random stream of what people listened to was one of the main reason why I (along with many of my friends and classmates) used spotify versus pandora (which I will probably use more often now...).
No privacy, as in the person will know if you are actually following them. If I chose to "follow" someone, I would show up as one of their "followers". Whereas before, I could see what people were listening to without actually having to be one of their followers. Make sense?
I've been having this same issue for awhile and thought it might just correct itself. However, I got annoyed today and decided to see if others were experiencing this issue. Is this really how the new Spotify is supposed to work? I have a hard time believing this is how its supposed to function since you didn't know what the problem was at first.
I also haven't heard a single other friend complain about this, which seems a little strange. Is this really how the new system works?