is there any way to get the same functionnality now? is it only for premium users? is it entirely no longer possible...
The only way you will be able to recover any random tracks that are in the library but not in playlists is to revert to an earlier version. Download at Filehorse.com or Filehippo.com, uninstall your current version, and turn your internet connection off while re-installing. Seems like new installs are auto-updating.
So after writing the company, I learned they do not plan to change the library issue. And while they acknowledge removing the library, they do not apologize or even acknowledge that they failed to give customers any notice or choice to not upgrade to what I feel like a major change. I still feel like they cannot even justify the change - was it to help them give out fewer royalties to artists? For myself, I used the search option in the library to constantly update my catalog with new music and to make sure I wasn't adding duplicates of songs, not to mention the tons of songs that were only in the library, nowhere else because they weren't good enough to star or put in a playlist but still worth having. The sad thing about the whole situation is that with even just a one-minute notice, we could have just added our libraries to a playlist and all those songs would have been saved. Now they have disappeared into oblivion. Here's the response I received:
"I'm sorry about the trouble the new update has caused you. Unfortunately, as you already know, the Library feature has been removed completely, and won't be returning in the foreseeable future.
And, as sorry as we are about this, if you had songs in your Library that weren't either starred or stored in a playlists, we won't be able to recover them. We aren't able to restore you back to a previous version either.
However, if the majority of songs you're looking for are in either you Starred list or various playlists, you can simply drag & drop each playlist into the 'Songs' section of 'Your Music'. That will then create a Library style feature, where all your songs will be in one place.
Again, if the songs you're missing aren't in either you starred list or a playlists of yours, we won't be able to recover this. I'm sorry if this has caused you any kind of inconvenience.
As our way of apologising, why don't we go ahead and add a month of Premium to your account, free of charge? Hopefully that'll make up for the inconvenience caused, and also show some gratitude for being such a loyal user!
Let me know :)
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jon Customer Service Advisor Cambridge, UK"
If nothing, if you express your anger about the change, they will probably offer you a month free of service. Hope this answers some things.
BRING BACK THE LIBRARY BUTTON AS AN OPTION OR YOU HAVE LOST A CUSTOMER.
GOSH, JUST ADD THE NEW THINGS BUT KEEP THE LIBRARY BUTTON ALSO. I WANT TO SHUFFLE ALL MY SONGS IN MY LIBRARY. I HAVE 500 PLAYLISTS SO DONT TELL ME I NEED TO MOVE ALL OF THEM MANUALLY TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO ALL MY SONGS IN SHUFFLE MODE.
I beg to differ. It's "orphaned--homeless". There is no way to restore those lost tracks without entirely rebuilding from scratch. Even then you have no way to search through tracks, artists or albums without going back to "ground zero" every time you want to listen. This is a major setback!!!
Here's the response I received:
We aren't able to restore you back to a previous version either.
If you install any previous version over the existing version, even temporarily, you'll at least be able to access your library and save to a playlist to get everything sorted. You can even revert permanently if you'd like. I have written a guide, see my sig below.
Download old versions from either Filehorse.com or Filehippo.com. Go there and search for Spotify.