Implement an actual shuffle function

Yes, you read that right.  The "shuffle" function in Spotify is nothing more than a randomizer.  There's a difference?  YES.

 

RANDOM - Play one song.  The next song can be ANY song in your playlist.  Including the one you just listened to.  Though I've never had this specifically happen, I literally just heard the same song that I heard 2 songs ago.  This is how Spotify's "shuffle" currently functions.

 

SHUFFLE - Take your entire list, shuffle them (like cards), and play the first song in the shuffle.  Once finished, move that song off the pile.  Once the pile is depleted, shuffle the deck again and start over (maybe pop a message up).

 

I know enough about programming (not much) to know that shuffling is probably a bit harder than random, but come on.  I may be in the minority, but I don't have a lot of little playlists.  I have one list with nearly a thousand songs in it, because I like all the music, and am rarely not in the mood for one of those songs.  But what I can't stand is hearing the same song over and over again.  I think there may even be songs in my list I haven't heard yet, while I've heard others 4-5 times.

 

I know it may not matter much, but I would probably lay down the money for at least a year subscription if this feature was implemented.

 

EDIT: Another user pointed out that I can see what all is queued up in my shuffle by clicking the Play Queue link, and that Spotify supposedly sets up a rolling shuffle of 50 songs.  It would be nice if this range could be expanded to say 50-100% of your playlist.

 

EDIT 4/6/12: I just dealt with the same song 16 tracks later.  The song played the first time yesterday afternoon.  I went home, listened for a bit on my home PC (just a few songs), then started listening again this morning.  If the list recycles itself after a day, or if you log in from another computer, I see that as an area for improvement.

Updated: 2016-02-05

Hey folks, we have made some improvements to our shuffle algorithm that we are turning on as a default for all users. We'd love your feedback on how your shuffle experience changes after today (Feb 5, 2016). Thanks for your feedback, your comments are essential to helping us improve Spotify. 

 

Update Aug 2018:

Hi folks, it sounds like quite a few of you are experiencing only the top tracks in a playlist shuffling/ playing when using Connect. This has already been reported here.

 

We’ve given a transparent status there explaining there isn’t a current timeline for a fix. Please do leave a VOTE there if you’re experiencing the issue and a comment. We can then bring this information back internally to show the size of the issue for our users.

 

If however you are experiencing issues with Shuffle when not using Connect, please get back to us in this thread we've the questions we've listed and click +VOTE. Thank you! 



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jasper
Newbie

Shuffle isn't much of a shuffle if it plays your songs in the EXACT SAME ORDER EVERY TIME.  Shuffle needs to reset its play order so it plays songs in playlists randomly vs. the same order every time.

cgav96
Regular

I have the same problem, every time I start the app. the same music it played yesterday will play today and tomorrow almost in the same order. I have hundreds of songs and I keep on hearing only a few of them, I have to keep o advancing manually if I wan to hear something different.

 

Can you improve the randomness of the playing?

 

user-removed
Not applicable

Hey!

 

Total and big AGREE to this.

RoninTheOrigina
Regular

Good to see I'm not the only one.  I don't understand why more music players don't do this.

Lea
Regular

Don't know if you've already thought about this, but the fact that the same song was played twice, can simply be a result of that song actually being in that playlist twice, that you've added it more than once. That happens to me, and I find the double-track and just remove it from my playlist.

RoninTheOrigina
Regular

Lea, to be fair, I just went through my list, and found a handful(3-4) of duplicates, HOWEVER, they're not ones I that I specifically recall repeating themselves.

Glitch
Regular

Another problem with Spotify's shuffle function in my opinion is that it tends to play songs by the same artist one after the other. This is actually rather frustrating to me, as for example on iTunes, I never had this problem.

 

In other words, if I have a massive playlist that is on shuffle, I don't want to listen to the same artist's songs twice or even three times in a row. I don't know if anyone else agrees with me on this but this is certainly how I feel.

kelvin0mql
Regular

It seems there are particular songs/artists that Spotify likes more than I do. I only get one star in Spotify. Boolean. Binary. Either I like it or I don't. That doesn't match reality... there are some songs I'd like to 5-star and want to hear more often (in this regard, I am perhaps unlike the original poster). There are others I'd like to 2-star and hear a bit less often.

 

Thing is, there are songs I really really really like, and I've starred them, and I've mobile-sync'd them, yet Spotify doesn't want to play them. But holy cow Spotify loves to play Aerosmith!!

 

Then heaven forbid I want to specifically search for one on Spotify iPhone app. Hey, folks, I starred-and-sync'd it because I want to hear it (at least as often as Aerosmith).

dennyelvis
Roadie

Good issue and i agree, i also get the same artist tracks a real deal shuffle would be much better ........

RoninTheOrigina
Regular

kelvin0mql, I completely understand what you're looking for.  And I would be pro that feature as well, but perhaps as a feature for random.  I'm all for including both shuffle (as explained in my original post) and random with preference given to songs I deem more worthy.