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[All Platforms] Customize Start Screen

This is not a new idea, but I haven't found any practical reply to it, so I think it needs to be repeated. I completely agree with Rennestein (screen capture below), we need to stop seeing irrelevant suggestions because it is annoying. Why can't it be possible to decide what we first see when we open Spotify on any device? (playlists, recently played, artists we're following, etc), and enjoy better our Spotify experience?
Please Spotify, let us have the home screen as we'd like. :)) Thank you!
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Updated on 2023-02-23

Hey folks,

We appreciate you sharing your feedback on the Community and showing your support to this idea.
 
We're setting this idea to 'Not Right Now', as this isn't something we have any immediate plans to implement. If we do have any new info to share, rest assured we'll check back in here with a new status.
 
Update from the 23rd of Feb 2023:
 
A new feature was recently introduced in the mobile app which you may find interesting as it allows users to remove content recommendations from the subfeeds (Music and Podcasts & Shows) of their Home screen, thus expanding upon the current customization options and offering a improved, more personalized experience. You can find more info about it in the Status update here.
 
Thanks.
Comments
Lbaransky872

Spotify has added 2 random playlists to my home screen and recently played, that I cannot remove. Now this is confusing the playlist that I request for, and my speakers will play some random playlist Spotify put onto my home page w/o providing the option to remove playlist. PLEASE ADD THIS OPTION TO REMOVE THESE PLAYLISTS FROM MY ACCOUNT. This request has been asked from other subscription holders since 2018 and several times again in 2020. There is no reason it cannot be fixed immediately.  When we all pay for a premium service, we expect improvements. Thank you!

Plazmex8

So, 14k votes and the response "We're setting this idea to 'Not Right Now', as this isn't something we have any immediate plans to implement." is such a great way to say we care about our users and their experience... 

happymusickris

I keep getting a suggestion to listen to a particular podcast, and I can’t get rid of it. I don’t know who Mel Robbins is and I am not interested in her opinions. When I am finished with a podcast I actually chose and enjoy, this Mel person keeps automatically jumping the line of my saved podcasts and starts playing. Does it make the algorithm think I want to listen to her, because I didn’t get to my phone quick enough to turn off Spotify after my favorite podcast?

tsmori

If you're not ever going to let users customize the home page then stop adding**bleep** to the homepage that I want to keep. You just added a section to my homepage that gives me all the albums of one of my favorite artists. I know it's going to disappear. Why would you do this? It's like a constant tease by you guys. Just let us put what we want there.

 

mathisbrogers

Unfortunately, Spotify isn't going to do anything about this, no matter how much we complain. The best option is to delete your account and delete the app off your devices and go find something else to listen to your music on. Hoda & Jenna were pushing Spotifiy on the Today Show this morning. As long as Spotify is advertising on popular shows like the Today Show, people will continue to get sucked in. The only reason I haven't deleted my account is so I can see how many people are still complaining about it. I have, however, deleted the app from my devices.

 

Good luck.

 

Oh, and I love the way screen readers and Siri call it Spot iffy. Apparently, they know that it's going to be iffy if you are going to be happy with what you get. 😁

 

 

 

 

 

mkg1243

Out of curiosity, I recently listened to an interview of a certain world leader by a certain fired fox news host. Now I keep getting suggestions on my home screen for extreme far right content, such as re-airings of Alex Jones, conspiracy podcasts, really awful stuff.

 

I have literally no interest in these subjects. Why can't I down vote or customize my preferences in any way? I am paying for premium, and it's a feature on literally every other content delivery service. Super lame

 

@mkg1243, Spotify's $1 billion gamble to transform from a music-streaming company into a comprehensive audio giant seems to be facing some hurdles. This shift is particularly noticeable in the aggressive push of podcasts, possibly at the expense of user experience for those of us who prefer a more traditional music listening experience. Guess playing a podcast is cheaper than music.

I fondly remember the simplicity and customization offered by the iTunes and iOS ecosystem back when I got my iPhone 4 and was using my beloved iMac. It was a time when adding newly purchased music, either physical or digital, was straightforward. Creating playlists was intuitive, and features like dynamic playlists ('Genre is Metal and Song hasn't been played in the last 2 weeks') brought genuine randomness and discovery to my music listening experience, without the repetition that plagues many modern streaming services.

However, the digital audio landscape has significantly evolved—or devolved, depending on one's perspective. The transition from iTunes to Apple Music felt like a step back, moving away from Apple's own design principles. The iOS music app now feels clunky, making a premium device seem like a throwback to a '90s MP3 player. And then there's the broader streaming market, with Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Music, which often feel indistinguishably similar, yet we, as customers, continue to subscribe.

Attempting to revert to purchasing every song I listen to has been an experiment with mixed results. While it's possible to some extent, it doesn't recapture the seamless and user-centric experience of the past. The old iTunes and the iOS that shipped with the iPhone 4 worked flawlessly, focusing on user needs before the introduction of Apple Music.

Perhaps the era of truly customer-oriented products is behind us. It seems today's landscape is less about engaging with customers and more about pushing the latest business model, often at the expense of user satisfaction. The sense of personalization and connection with our music collections has been overshadowed by a one-size-fits-all approach, a far cry from the innovative and user-focused solutions we once enjoyed.

 

Jazzchilli

the whole issue of customisation is inextricably linked to local files, for me. if we accept that spotify won't have every single thing we want to listen to, they should accept that the upshot of this is the need for customisation and integration. as qaywsxedcrfv says, we're now using products with far less customisation and personal choice than in the early days of mp3s and the streaming.

 

the company that captures the future market will be the one that designs its interface to respect individual preference and allows seamless integration of non-spotify/Apple/Amazon content. why are we accepting a UX that is worse than we had before? who wants to listen to their music in different places? 

 

local files are one of spotify's few USPs but they repeatedly fail to recognise this.

lauragails

Echoing mkg1243's point. 

I now actively do not explore other podcasts on Spotify because I know my recommendation algorithm will be even more f***ed than it already is. By forcing new podcasters into my feed, ironically, you're causing me to consume less new content.  

fraktalisman

Now it's 2024, the splash screen still shows unconfigurable irrelevant **bleep**, shuffle still doesn't shuffle, and still Spotify is being used and even paid for - just because they managed to kill all the alternative client apps. I would love to see a European-founded startup maintain a great music streaming app that I would really enjoy but here we are, it feels like a mixture of German incompetence and Californian capitalism. What a shame!