i can't believe that this is still a thing... i love spotify otherwise, but this sucks. i understand the idea of popular tracks being played more often for the sake of marketing kinda like an ad when using it for free, but i PAY to use it. this is dumbfounding.
I have playlists with over a 3000 songs. Why? Becaus I in addition to seperate playlists have one where I put all the songs I really like. The foremerly starred playlist. I spend hours listening to that list every day. I've gradually built it throughout the years and love it.
Still, on shuffle, I get around the same 40-70 songs thrown at me again and again. This is extremely frustrating and provoking. I used to have premium but this was the main reason why I dropped out.
Make no mistake, this is not a random error or an issue they've just failed to address. This is a deliberately manipulation of our playlist. I futhermore suspect that songs that are on the harddisk and not on spotify are less likely to be chosen, so they can advertise. Randomising which songs that will be played is easy, but spotify's system for dealing out these hits are undobtly quite intricate and motivated by personal gain. And it's the users that pay the price.
A music player that tryes to go behind my back and chose my music for me is against all my principles, and definately not what I look for in such a software. Pity, I really like the ability to explore unfamiliar artists, when I feel like it. Guess grooveshark will be my app for that then.
Get your s**t together spotify. Let us freely play or own music!
This problem has been all over this forum since years (2012). It was never fixed by Spotify, not for paying (premium) nor non-paying customers. Spotify simply ignores this issue, it's really frustrating. There must be some commercial motive in this, otherwise it would have simply been solved years ago. Hear hear Spotify, when are you going to move, and listen to millions of your frustrated customers?
What I have found is that when Spotify plays a certain artist/album from my playlist; it is often the same song(s). For example, my main playlist is 2,789 songs long. Now, almost every time Spotify plays a track from "Revolution/Revolucion" by Ill Nino, it is "No Murder". Some artists/albums don't have this issue, and most of my music on the playlist is on the hard drive and not streaming. It is a bit odd that this happens, but not exactly service breaking for me. It's just irksome.
It seems to me that over the long haul, some tracks turn up a lot more often than others. Whether this is due to my own perceptions of randomness, I'm not sure.
P.S. This is my first post on the forum so I apologise if it is the wrong format.
In a reply to one of the comments in the link above Lukáš writes the following:
"Only 50 songs are displayed in the Play Queue, but the whole playlist of 3000 songs is shuffled (but not shown at the moment). The problem is that sometimes the queue gets reshuffled for no good reason (that's a bug) and then you can hear songs multiple times. We'll try to fix this."
Personally I'm bothered by this problem on my phone and computer, but it is not an issue on the Sonos-Spotify client due to the sonos inabillity to retrieve playlists in realtime. for an added song to be played the list nead to be manually reloaded..