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Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

mrgrieves
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Country: UK

Device: macos big sur

 

My Question or Issue

If I am looking at a Spotify playlist and press Cmd+F5 to enable VoiceOver, the playlist position jumps to the top of the list.  (I don't think Spotify even needs to have focus for this to happen)

If I keep VoiceOver enabled, I can scroll down the playlist, but as soon as I click it jumps back to the top again.

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Re: Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

Alex
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Hey @mrgrieves,


Thanks for reporting this in the Community!

 

What is most likely happening is that the VoiceOver app is trying to read the playlist as a page from top to bottom.

 

Can you let us know if you can click on the playlist normally if you've pressed the Control key after starting the VoiceOver app? This should momentarily pause the VO.

 

Let us know how you get on with this.

 

 

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Re: Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

mrgrieves
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Thanks for the reply.

 

I tried that, but it didn't seem to make a difference. Ctrl stops VO speaking whatever it is currently saying, but that's about it.

 

One thing I did notice is that if I scroll down list the list, VoiceOver constantly reads the same song title out over and over again. (And not the first one I think)

I'm not very skilled at VO yet, but I tried to navigate using the VO keys rather than the mouse. With some difficulty, I managed to navigate into the playlist table.

If I then press VO+down I can navigate it row by row, once it gets to about 22 or something, it then jumps back to row 2.

Also, if I hold down VO+down to move down the table quickly, I fairly quickly find myself out of the table and in some random other part of the app, which is quite disorientating.

 

On an unrelated note, this post is my first experience with the forum and both times I've tried to write something - whether it be the issue in the first place or my reply to you now - I have got a System Error. The first time, going Back ended up breaking the whole forum as it seemed to get stuck in a redirect loop. So I switched to Firefox and it worked. But replying in Firefox now I got another error. Fortunately I could navigate back but it still lost everything I typed in.

Re: Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

Jeremy
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Hi there @mrgrieves,


Thank you for getting back in touch with us.

 

Can you perform a clean reinstall of the app? This will make sure there's no old cache files causing this. If that doesn't fix the issue, let us know the version of the app your Mac is running?

 

Also, did this issue start appearing recently, e.g. after an update to the Spotify app and does this only happen when navigating within playlists, or in other contexts as well?

We'll keep an eye out for your reply.

 

Take care!

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Re: Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

mrgrieves
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Thanks very much for the reply.

 

I reinstalled Spotify as you requested and it is now version 1.1.56.595.g2d2da0de

(As a side-note: not sure about those instructions, as they tell me to delete everything in Library that contains Spotify, which does include things outside the Spotify application as far as I can tell.)

 

The problem still occurs.

 

Are you able to reproduce it?

 

I've only just started to use VoiceOver, so I'm afraid I can't say if this is a new problem.

 

I also got another Unexpected Error trying to post my reply.  Twice now, so hoping third time is lucky....

Re: Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

Novy
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Hi again @mrgrieves

 

Thanks for getting back to us with this info. 

 

Could you send over a video where we can take a better look at this issue? You can send a link to it or attach it using the Insert Video option in the post editor, just make sure to exclude any personal info from it.

 

Regarding the errors you mentioned, we'd recommend clearing your browser's cache and cookies to see if you notice anything new. 

 

We'll be on the lookout. 

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Re: Spotify jumps to top of playlist when I enable VoiceOver on macos

mrgrieves
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Thanks again for the quick reply.

I've never recorded a video before - and being visually impaired it's quite a tricky thing to do I'm sure.  I will try to have a go at it when I have some time available.

 

In the meantime, it's an incredibly easy thing to reproduce.  Simply have a playlist long enough to scroll, turn on VoiceOver and scroll/click around.  It happens every time, straight away, and only requires the user to know how to turn it on and off.  I'd hope a company as big as Spotify would do some testing with accessibility tools like VoiceOver.

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