Guys, can you please stop playing with that button or get someone working on it that doesn't shake that much??
I'll try again:
THE DESKTOP BELL is needed. Is not a stupid extra and email will not make it!! I work with my company's gmail loged in not my personal.
Not everybody is on the phone all the time.. I work on a computer!!
I don't see the point of having this discution forum if you don't care about what your clients, regular users and payers of premium for years have not a proper response at least explaning why we are all wrong.
Because guys, it really looks like you are changing for the sake of doing somehting (like if you are bored).
This is a really poorly thought out change, I work in software delivery and could not imagine removing a feature without first understanding how the feature is being used and giving the user a viable alternative (of which there is no way in the current desktop app).
And I really don't see how filling my inbox with notifications is considered a better user experience than the notifications icon inside the app - which everyone expects these days given how twitter/facebook work (note how facebook started with email notifications and moved to in-app - this is a step backwards!).
This feature is fundamental to how I and I'm sure many others use Spotify to keep up to date with their music and as a result I'm now considering jumping ship after being a member for a number of years.
All in all this is really disappointing and I hope you reconsider the decision.
Here's a vote for putting this feature back in some form. Following artists and being notified when they add new music has been of huge value. I'm not overloaded with notifications, and they weren't at all obtrusive. Maybe people weren't using the Follow feature enough or complained about the bell, but for me it's been one of Spotify's killer features. Thanks for letting us know, but maybe make this optional so people who still want the follow/notification option can have it!
This is plainly idiotic. There is no centralised way to check new releases anymore, and that makes no sense at all. I don't know why I'm still sticking with Spotify when it seems like functions I use regularly are removed every week or so for no clear reason besides the standard "improving" gibberish (whatever that means).
Just so I know we're all on the same page... In addition to the Bell being gone (mine came back for a day and dissapeared again), the Activity Feed (which I belive to be linked to the bell) is also gone.
There was a thread about two years ago to bring the Activity Feed back, and it came back, but mine is gone nad has been for the same time as my bell (or clse enough to the same amount of time).
Is everyone missing the Activty Feed in addition to the Bell? I really want both of these back. I've been stumbling around trying to find out which playlists are updated, and who has added new songs, and it's just so annoying now.
Are the Activty Feed and Bell two different issues, or the same?
I can't understand your decision. It's like me and a huge percent of users were sticking with Spotify cause we had got our favourite music just under our fingers and we knew when somethings new appeared on the market.
Notifications bell was the second most important factor that made me wanted to pay for this service. And now it's gone. I hate mailing spam, I don't want to have any push notifications on my phone. I want to have that stupid bell in the right corner of my desktop app. I want to get back from work, sit in my chair, start Spotify app and listen to everything which was released while I was away. Gimme just that. I don't want complicated algorythms. I just want to be notified when one of my beloved 753 artists will publish something.