Shuffle repeats songs too often

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

flboffin
Music Fan
Hey, they must have just started doing this recently. The reason I know, is
I have several Beatles albums on my playlist (because Spotify still can't
carry Beatles music) and it used to get played quite often up until a few
weeks ago. I just checked my queued play list (about 50 tracks) and there
isn't a single local track on the list. I have about 3,700 tracks on my
playlist, a couple of hundred of them local tracks. One of the local tracks
should get played about every 20 tracks or so, on average. But not anymore!
All I can say is, wth!?
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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

flboffin
Music Fan

This not playing tracks from local playlists is odd. Spotify has to pay royalties when they play songs on your computer from their library, but when they play tracks from your local playlist on your computer, they don't have to pay royalties (you already paid for the right to play those tracks when you bought them from whomever [Amazon, etc.]). Go figure!

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

Hydroxideblue
Newbie

Just an idea, how about just having an line of code for it that says something like "random # between 1 and n (n being an integer # of songs in the playlist). Play the song corresponding to random #." If the number was chosen within the last 20 songs, the algorithm would run through again and generate a new song. Pretty simple logic, but what do I know... I'm just a non-premium user.

 

 

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

flboffin
Music Fan
That's almost exactly how it should be done. Except random number generators
built into coding languages (like Javascript or C) output a random number
between 0 and 1. You take that number (a long floating point fraction) and
multiply it by the number of tracks in the playlist. Round the resulting
number to the nearest whole integer and you have the track number of the
next song to play. The odds against this algorithm coming up with the same
track are exceedingly small. If the playlist is long enough (mine has over
3700 tracks), even the odds of coming up with one that was played in the
last 20 songs are infinitesimally small.
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JessieTaylor18
Newbie

YES. How am I paying for this service without the extremely basic feature of not repeating songs on shuffle? 200 song work playlist, I don't hear more than 60 of them but I hear a song by Smashmouth 4 times. Get it together Spotify. I'm sick of coming back to these forum boards every few weeks for the last several months waiting to see you implement this EXTREMELY basic and necessary feature for a playlist based streaming service. Your customers shouldn't need to develop or download external software to simply use your paid services. It's outrageous - from a nearly 4 year premium customer.

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

claricelee
Regular

you could use a queue if there aren't many songs, or you could just play the songs in order so they don't repeat

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

flboffin
Music Fan

Guess what? My local music tracks are back on the Spotify shuffle playlist. Somebody must have been paying attention. I don't think they came back on their own.

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

GustheOwl
Regular
Yes, you could do that. But that simply means that the shuffle facility
within Spotify is useless. In addition, if you were to do as you suggest,
then the order you chose would be set by you, and therefore would not be
random as a shuffle should be. It is enjoyable to listen to songs you like,
but in different orders, or have some selected at one time, while others
are not.
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haneybd87
Music Fan

Interesting, my local files are mixing with the Spotify files again too. 

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Re: Shuffle repeats songs too often

tommonaj
Regular

Welcome to 2018, 6 years after the start of this thread. You’d expect they’d have fixed it by now. I love Spotify but I’m really getting sick of it. My playlist radio, plays 15 songs only, shuffle artist, 15 songs only, who cares if they have 15 albums with over 15 songs on many of them. Spotify, it’s not that hard, please get it together. 

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