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Hi, I've been a paying Spotify user for a long time. I listen to the desktop version of Spotify all day long at work. I do not use the mobile version.The removal of notifications combined with the inability to save more albums (reached max limit) has really hamstrung me. I will be discontinuing my account. Please shoot me an email if you reinstate notifications in the future.
What the heck? I mean that is why I am paying for spotify all these years - to receive notifications. It was like the best feature. And I always used desktop because on mobile they just disappear. How is that a simplification? And why do they have to turn off one feature if they do not have any replacement for it. What would be in the way of focususing on new features if you let the notification bell be, Spotify?? I can't imagine the answer.
This is the stupidest thing ever...remove more functionality from Spotify. This provides no benefit to anyone...it was awesome being able to click that icon and see all the latest releases to artists I follow so I could stay up to date on music, as well as share releases with friends.
Who thought this was a good idea? I'm seriously baffled by this.
Edit: The more I think about this, the more it's clear to me that Spotify will be pretty much useless without this feature. I spend a lot of time on my desktop, especially at work 45+ hours of the week where I listen to the majority of Spotify. This was how I got the notifications of new music, and to have it removed is truly mind boggling to me. As a long time Premium user, I really don't see any benefit from using Spotify now if I can't get notifications for the artists I follow. What the heck is the point of following the artists then if you won't get notifications? Sure, I can get email notifications, but when I'm on a work PC for 90% of my Spotify listeninig, I am not signed in on my personal email, so that's pointless. Also, I never liked email notifications, because it sends a single email per artist, and that's just more clutter in my inbox that I don't want. I like having the notifications in the app, right there, can click on it and queue up the track/EP/album instantly. These notifications aren't in the mobile app, but at least they were on the desktop app. To remove this functionality and awesome feature is pure idiocy. Can someone please explain the benefit of this to me?
Edit II: We are a society and generation that LOVES notifications of whatever it is we are following. Think Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. They all have a notifications section in their app. We want notifications of what matters to us (what we follow) so that we can stay on top of what we like and be kept informed of the latest trends, music, etc. And Spotify thought it was a good idea to remove notifications? Someone at corporate please read this. Spotify is shooting themselves in the foot here. Worst decision ever.
So, when you guys switched application framework from the blazing fast old client you used to push a few years ago to the slow nightmare of a desktop client you're pushing these days, I lived with it. Because that was about the same time connect dropped and connect was awesome.
So when you crippled the playlist system, dropped support for viewing aggregate playlists (Viewing all tracks inside a folder of playlists) and forced everyone to adhere to the "My music/Tracks" stuff, I could live with that too. (Although I sincerely hope you'll fix that one day because the current playlist folder main view is useless)
When you removed the filter function for almost a year, I could live with that too.
When you removed all the other useful features you introduced merely months before, time and time again, most users accepted it. Because what could they do?
But this, spotify, .. is just pathetic and entirely illogical. What the f**k is a "follow" button even good for if you can no longer receive updates on said list/artist? What on earth is the rationale for such a retarded move?
First you ditched the awesome Songkick intergration that I loved, then you killed Windows Phone development, and now you ditch notifications. Well, that's the last straw for me! Cancelling premium, switching to Groove Music.
For users like me that do a lot of their Spotify listening on their laptop via the app, this appears to be a huge negative. I say this because when you click on a link from an email, it takes you to the website instead of the app and requires a fresh login at which point you've lost me. Artists will sure see a massive drop in streams for their new releases because of this. I understand that most people use their mobile device for Spotify but even still, the fact that I have to leave the app to see what is new just seems counter intuitive to me. On a secondary note, although I have notifications set up to email me for pretty much everything, I have never gotten one email notification from Spotify so I also question whether or not Spotify has shown they can handle that. If anyone has feedback on why I am not getting emails (and yes, I check spam regularly, and I still receive email notifications on my older freemium account that I don't use), I would appreciate the help on that. Bill @ SweetRelief