Removal of desktop notifications

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Removal of desktop notifications

Rorey
Spotify
Spotify

On May 15th, we will be turning off the in-app notifications "bell" on desktop. We are continuously working to improve and simplify our notifications features, and this change will allow us to shift our focus to email and push notifications. We are also working on completely new ways of keeping you up-to-date with new album releases, helping you discover new music, and know what your friends are up to.

 

To make sure you have your email and push notifications set up the way you'd like, check out the steps here.

 

Please share any feedback you have here in the Community. We're listening, and will pass it all on to the team.

 

1,243 Replies

juniorstonic
Newbie
I pay 120/year so that you can hide my new music notifications?? Don't only think about me, what do the artists think of this?

SecretAgentFrog
Regular

After using Spotify for a couple of years, I only started regularly reading notifications a couple weeks ago. You know why? Because most notifications are people subscribing to your playlists, and I only started getting subscribers a couple weeks ago, when I posted on Reddit. (Spotify doesn't want people to find your playlists if you don't post on social media.) But I loved those notifications for the brief time I got them, because I could look at the playlists of people subscribing to my playlists, and find some stuff of interest there. What I'm saying is that if only a small fraction of users looked at notifications, then it was because of Spotify's stupid policy of not making their playlists findable if they don't publicize outside of Spotify. Spotify should have opened up searching to all playlists rather than getting rid of notifications.

 

Spotify has bugs from 2013 that remain unfixed, like the radio and "recently played artists". Instead of fixing them, you destroy perfectly good features. WTH?

Ninachu
Casual Listener

I was reading this expecting a new type of notification function to be implemented but you're literally just removing it and that's it? What's the point of removing it without any plan of replacing it? Especially when a function a lot of people that follow 100+ artists rely on? I should be able to keep-up-to-date with the artists I follow IN the actual desktop app itself -- not have to look through my phone or email.

You say you're always listening but are you? Was /anyone/ out there complaining about that notification bell? Please add it back.

clump
Casual Listener

Notifications in desktop app weren't working for years for me anyway... So this seems like a great solution!

faktory42
Music Fan

Thanks for continuing to REMOVE features rather than ADDING things. So many people obviously love this change!

 

Spotify development is mind-boggling.

GerBata
Gig Goer

It's a shame, a bad decision, we take the most used options for users who follow the news.

 

I do a radio show and need to hear the news in the app, not in the browser or the mobile application.

 

In addition, emails with link to the desktop app and the mobile notifiaciones not saved anywhere.

 

These changes markedly worse service.

palouse123
Casual Listener

I follow over 700 artists on Spotify.  Also, Spotify is constantly changing availability of albums due to licensing.   Sorting through hundreds of email notifications, or worse, phone notifications just to figure out what is available is a terrible user experience.   This is an absolutely awful decision to remove the notification bell. 

1164181599
Gig Goer
i follow 3632 users and artists right now, don't know the number of the actual artists but it is a pretty high number too, so i totally agree with you!!!

Squeebly-Joe
Newbie

This is a terrible idea. What's so hard about having a notification history? I loved having an easily accesble place where I can see all of the latest releases from artists I follow. Please add this feature back in, and while you're at it, add the same thing to the Android app.

StevoMukke
Music Fan

What is the point in removing essential features of the applications? I don't want to open my email program when checking for new releases (it actually wouldn't help anyway because I unsubscribed from all email notifications).

 

 

1164181599
Gig Goer

i never receive an email from spotify and push notifications are a fail as well because they are slow and you can only see the most recent release, not a list of it. how, where, when are you going to take this to the next level?

rednblu
Roadie

 

I liked your criticism  that the "push to email" displays only the last item and does not display the "entire recemt list".

 

@1164181599, you might go to the "New Idea" section under the upper left button at >> this link << to suggest that the Spotify developers should consider making the "push to email" notification to re-display all of the recemt "notification items", for example from [the last week].

 

What do you think?

 

 

1164181599
Gig Goer

@rednblu it's your idea so you do it 😉

pepeh
Newbie

The next feature that will be removed is the Play button:

you will have to send an email to the community manager who will transfer it to the dev team, they will push the play button for you

 

The pause button will also be removed, you just have to quit the app

 

The interface can therefore simplified, playlist are no more useful, just see in you sent messages.

 

The volume can be controlled by your device, suppressed

 

Like this the team can concentrate on the main activity: collect money

 

No seriously, we like spotify, let me ring my bell...

jazzman20
Regular

Perhaps they've hired some of the tech school flunk outs from emusic.com.  I quit that site after putting up with years of complete incompetence.

flagged
Music Fan

You, Spotify, should adapt the app/plataform to enable more social features.

Follow a Artist and receive easy notifications should be a requirement as "play music".

 

If you are pushing alerts to end users when there is a new album realease, you are creating more streaming oportunities.

The artists would be more pleased also.

 

Is there is no notification center you are as good as any other alternatives.

XsomX
Roadie
Also, where is that new feature suggesting new songs based on those in the playlist, which I had like for the last 3 days?

It was great! All suggested songs were totally in my taste.

Jeffrey8
Casual Listener

I'll keep it simple. I want my bell back or I will be no longer a spotify user and find another streamservice. Without the bell, spotify is useless to me.

hans-jürgen
Roadie

This seems to be the related idea to vote for bringing desktop notifications back:

 

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Desktop-Bring-back-Notifications-from-followed-Artists/i...

 

daniellemarcee
Newbie
this was by far the easiest way to stay on top of new releases by artists I follow. at this point following someone seems like a useless feature, and is one of the reasons I prefer Spotify and pay for it. not cool, Spotify, not cool.

emrekrpnr
Casual Listener

I can't really think of any logic about this feature drop. I'm feeling bad about myself because all this time I've been paying to people that actually did this.  Why Spotify? I would at least expect an explanation behind this!

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