Dumb move. This was a useful feature and not everyone lives on their phones for listening to music.
I work in the software industry and constantly scratch my head about how spotify does software development, it seems there is very little community engagement on ideas to get feedback. This is the third instance now where the desktop client has gone backwards in features:
1) Removal of 3rd party add-ins (eg. equalizer, visualizations)
2) Removal of option to turn off volume leveling (which reduced the audio quality). Later reinstated but took a while & lots of complaints.
3) Now removal of in-app notifications which means it is now not as easy to know when your favourite artists have released new material available on spotify.
Do the Spotify developer team ever consider the end user impact when making these changes? Especially when the feature is already in the application (ie. likely more work to actually remove it rather than just keep it there)?
That is probably the worst decision spotify ever made.
Agreed. And there have been a few over the last couple of years!
Does anybody know if they're being removed from the web player, too? Better than nothing, but that's a pain in the butt to use because it closes every single time you click on a song, meaning you have to reopen it, then it doesn't remember where you'd previously scrolled to, which when you have 100+ notifications to wade through at a time is extremely frustrating.
I seriously question how long the development team spend actually using the program. If they did spend any reasonable time on it then ridiculous decisions like this would never happen.
By the way, I'd also recommend firing an email off to firstname.lastname@example.org. You get a better response than the chatbots of @spotifycares, and afterwards you get a 'Tell us how we did' survey., which is an opportunity to affect their performance metrics. You never know; it might focus a few minds.
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.
Okay, so by "simplifying" you mean removing an already simple and logic in-app notification center, in favor of email (really?) and push (whatever that means on desktop)? For who is this now simpler and improved?
How will we be kept up to date until that "new way" is deployed? How long will that take? How many notifications will we miss? Here's a hint: complete that work and tell us what it is and let us use it. Then, and only then, would it be a good time to replace an old feature with a new and tested one.
Christ, you really need some new product managers. Remove used feature -> limbo -> implement different feature = disastrous user experience.
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