Radio Stations Acting Like Playlists

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Radio Stations Acting Like Playlists

racello
Newbie

Plan

Premium

Country

 United States

Device

Windows 10

Operating System

Windows 10

 

My Question or Issue

 Lately every time I create a radio station from a song or artist or whatever, it takes me to what is actually a playlist.  As a result, I cannot mark the songs with a thumbs up or thumbs down.  This makes the radio feature not very useful.

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Peter
Moderator
Moderator

Hey folks,

 

Thanks for reaching out to us about the Radio function in the Spotify app.

 

As you may have noticed, there have been some recent changes made to the way Radio works. The main changes are the following:

 

  • When you click on Go to Song/Album/Artist Radio via the three-dot menu, Spotify takes you to a pre-made, finite playlist*. When you get to the end of these playlists, if you have Autoplay turned on, a radio station will be automatically generated based on that playlist.

       * Note: this does not include Playlist Radio, which functions like the old Radio.

 

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  • You can now click on the FOLLOW button in each radio playlist; this will save it under Playlists in the left sidebar so that you can find it easily when you want to listen to it later.

 

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  • The 'Create New Station' button, which used to be in Your Library > Stations, has been removed.
  • You can find a list of recommended stations in the Radio menu in the left sidebar in the desktop app*.

      * Note: this option is no longer available on the mobile app.

 

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As you get familiar with the new Spotify Radio, we wanted to give you a few tips about how to make the most of it:

  1. You can now see the number of followers each radio playlist has in the info at the top of the playlist.
  2. You can create a separate folder under Playlists in the left sidebar, where you can save and keep track of all your radio playlists.
  3. You can easily access the radio playlist for any artist by searching for them; you will see their playlist automatically comes up in the list of results.

Lastly, if you have any feedback about the new Radio, as with any new feature, we'd love to hear from you! Just head over to the relevant thread here and leave your feedback as a comment in the thread. We'll make sure we pass it on to the right folks.

 

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding how the new Radio works, feel free to reach out to us by creating a new thread in the Community - we'll be happy to answer any questions there.

 

Thanks! Stay awesome.

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Peter
Moderator
Moderator

Hey folks,

 

Thanks for reaching out to us about the Radio function in the Spotify app.

 

As you may have noticed, there have been some recent changes made to the way Radio works. The main changes are the following:

 

  • When you click on Go to Song/Album/Artist Radio via the three-dot menu, Spotify takes you to a pre-made, finite playlist*. When you get to the end of these playlists, if you have Autoplay turned on, a radio station will be automatically generated based on that playlist.

       * Note: this does not include Playlist Radio, which functions like the old Radio.

 

screen1.PNG

 

  • You can now click on the FOLLOW button in each radio playlist; this will save it under Playlists in the left sidebar so that you can find it easily when you want to listen to it later.

 

screen2.PNG

 

  • The 'Create New Station' button, which used to be in Your Library > Stations, has been removed.
  • You can find a list of recommended stations in the Radio menu in the left sidebar in the desktop app*.

      * Note: this option is no longer available on the mobile app.

 

screen3.PNG

 

As you get familiar with the new Spotify Radio, we wanted to give you a few tips about how to make the most of it:

  1. You can now see the number of followers each radio playlist has in the info at the top of the playlist.
  2. You can create a separate folder under Playlists in the left sidebar, where you can save and keep track of all your radio playlists.
  3. You can easily access the radio playlist for any artist by searching for them; you will see their playlist automatically comes up in the list of results.

Lastly, if you have any feedback about the new Radio, as with any new feature, we'd love to hear from you! Just head over to the relevant thread here and leave your feedback as a comment in the thread. We'll make sure we pass it on to the right folks.

 

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding how the new Radio works, feel free to reach out to us by creating a new thread in the Community - we'll be happy to answer any questions there.

 

Thanks! Stay awesome.

PeterModerator
 
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AlekPol
Regular

I have a premium plan, using in Germany on a Mac, problem started with previous version now updated to version 1.0.99.250.g936eab8d and the problem persists. 

 

Since last week all of my saved stations have disappeared, I'm only left with recommended stations. Also the genre stations that were usually at the bottom of the page are gone. On my laptop the radio station page is unchanged and I can still see and use all of my saved stations.  

I want my stations back on my desktop, no idea what changed since last week.

Screenshot shows the current state of the page.

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jairoduque
Music Fan

In the most recent update, Spotify changed the radio function. To make a radio of an artist or song, you must go to the artist and select Radio or with right click, on a song, start radio.

AlekPol
Regular

Ok, but it erased all my saved stations and only has recommendations. It's more of a bug than a feature. Very annoying. 

Loxer
Rock Star 17
Rock Star 17

Hey @AlekPol, welcome to the Community.
Hope you're doing great!

 

Could you try that on a mobile device?

I have the same issue on Desktop but on my iPhone the stations I follow do show up.


Please let me know 🙂

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AlekPol
Regular

I'm on Android, but the station situation on my phone is different from either of my computers. Some of my saved stations show up but only a fraction. There seems to be no reason for the difference between the three versions of spotify. 

Loxer
Rock Star 17
Rock Star 17

Hey @AlekPol,

 

Thanks for your reply 🙂

 

Could you check the Stations section and share a screenshot of what you see?

 

@jairoduque & @ardacebi

 

Could you guys check your Desktop apps are doing the same in the Stations section?

Any screenshots would be helpful.

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ardacebi
Composer
Hey,

these may seem too basic but can you try:
- Restarting your device,
- Relaunching the Spotify client,
- Re-logging to the Spotify client,
- Reinstalling the Spotify client,

If none of these work, please reply.

Cheers,
Arda

AlekPol
Regular

Thanks for the ideas, but after trying everything the  situation is unchanged. I still only have the recommended stations and all the stations I saved are gone. 

mschan86
Newbie

Hello all,

I have noticed that if I Iisten to any song, album, or artist radio stations, the playlist does not continue with similar songs.  Instead, the playlist starts over.  Is there a new function for this!  I am very annoyed with this!!  I like to listen to a variety of songs!  I also discover music I may not have heard before when the station or playlist offers other songs!!  I am really quite annoyed!!  I would love  for this feature to return or be enlightened if there is another way to use this feature!!😔😔😤😤😠😠

Chanteur
Music Fan

Plan:

Premium for Students

Country:
United States

 

Device
Macbook Pro (Mid-2012)
iPhone XS

Operating System
MacOS (Mojave 10.14.3 Beta 
18D38a)
iOS 12.1.3 (16D5032a)

 

Issue:

Radio Stations are listed as "Playlists"
Radio missing from iOS Menu ("Stations" is listed in "Library" but not able to access any stations)
"Go to Radio" and "Go to Artist Radio" take me to a "Playlist" and not a radio station.

Steps Taken:
Searched for artist ("Pentatonix" in this example).
Clicked the 3 "dots" on top.
Clicked "Go to Artist Radio"
Was taken to "Pentatonix Radio" but it is classified as a "playlist"

Playlists play songs in the exact order (unless shuffle is turned on) and do not play any songs outside of the playlist.

Nor can I thumb up/down songs to tailor the station over time to my likes/dislikes.

Radio *DOES* work on web player. However any radio station played on desktop does not appear in Macbook App, nor iPhone app.

However I use my Macbook to stream music and not my windows desktop. Web player does not work in Safari, do not have Chrome installed as my prefered browser is Safari.
Desktop is my cryptocurrency mining manager and is not usually capable of streaming music as system resources are tied up.

 

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robocop_bong
Casual Listener

One workaround: you can create a playlist with a few seed songs and do "go to playlist radio" from that. This seems to have the original behavior.

INeedAUserName
Newbie
 
robocop_bong
robocop_bong
Casual Listener

One workaround: you can create a playlist with a few seed songs and do "go to playlist radio" from that. This seems to have the original behavior.

 

Thanks!

I was experiencing the same problem (song-radio is just an uneditable playlist), and can confirm this work-around works for me (thumbs up/down are available this way).

Guido
Spotify Legend

Hey @Chanteur@jairoduque and @Coldmute,

 

You can always enable Autoplay in the settings. That way music will always keep playing continuously based on what was playing.

 

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have further questions.

 

Have a nice day.

Chanteur
Music Fan

@Guido wrote:

Hey @Chanteur@jairoduque and @Coldmute,

 

You can always enable Autoplay in the settings. That way music will always keep playing continuously based on what was playing.

 

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have further questions.

 

Have a nice day.


You however cannot thumb up/down to the songs to have it customize and tailor it to your interests...

Plus I cannot play Radio Stations on my Echo Dot devices, whereas I can with Pandora.

robocop_bong
Casual Listener

@Chanteur wrote:

@Guido wrote:

Hey @Chanteur@jairoduque and @Coldmute,

 

You can always enable Autoplay in the settings. That way music will always keep playing continuously based on what was playing.

 

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have further questions.

 

Have a nice day.


You however cannot thumb up/down to the songs to have it customize and tailor it to your interests...

Plus I cannot play Radio Stations on my Echo Dot devices, whereas I can with Pandora.



Not to mention that this behavior isn't always desirable.

robocop_bong
Casual Listener

@jairoduque wrote:

In the most recent update, Spotify changed the radio function. To make a radio of an artist or song, you must go to the artist and select Radio or with right click, on a song, start radio.



That's true, but unfortunately not for all users. I had the same issue as OP and when reaching out to support determined that it was due to being bucketed in a test group which there's no way to get out of. Some users have the behavior you're describing with radio functions working properly, others like me and OP have the inferior playlist version of radio.

 

I'm unfortunately probably going to have to cancel my account and go back to Google Play Music (or, sigh, Youtube Music) because of it.

 

Great UX work Spotify! Bang-up job.

Coldmute
Newbie

Unfortunately Spotify seems convinced that this is somehow a better function than the older radio function. They have been gradually shifting all users to this new, less functional system for reasons unknown. This is not a bug. It is a "feature".

Chanteur
Music Fan

Guess it is back to Pandora until they put it back.

Toddsinmn
Casual Listener

 

 

When I follow an Artist Radio, almost always, that Artist Radio gets saved in the Playlist area of My Library rather than the Stations area of My Library.   Why?

 

This seems incorrect to me.  I would expect to see followed Artist Radios in the Station section.  Because of this, My Playlist section is cluttered and followed Artist Radios are harder to find than they should be.

 

 

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