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[All Platforms] Option to have a true shuffle

So I’ve been noticing more and more recently that Spotify’s default shuffle feature doesn’t fully shuffle your songs. It does some sort of grouping to try to get similar songs together based off of what I’m sure is dozens of factors. Every time I shuffle a playlist (the one I noticed this with the most is ~100 songs and 6 hours of mostly full albums) it will group the songs mostly or completely together by album/artist, and given the number of times I’ve re-shuffled and checked the order there’s no way it’s just a coincidence. They also generally seem to be in the same order as well. If I hit shuffle play on a playlist it’ll generally put the same artists at the beginning every time.


With larger playlists of albums I am really not a fan of this shuffling method. If I have 6 hours of music on a playlist I will hardly ever have 6 hours to actually listen through the whole thing, but when I do listen to it I would like to hear all of the music on it equally, and not just the artist or two your algorithm likes to shuffle to first.


Anyways, I’m a reasonable man, all I’m asking for is an option to have a true shuffle (take all songs in the list, put them in a random order, and once they’re all played reshuffle them and play them again). Make it premium only if you want. I don’t think you should scrap the current shuffle algorithm because it sucks. Looking at some of the suggestions on here it seems like some people lobbied hard to have it that way. Just add an option for a true shuffle for those of us that don’t care about potentially getting the same song twice in a row.

Updated on 2021-09-14

Hey everyone,


Thanks for your votes and for bringing us your feedback in the Spotify Idea Exchange.


As this idea has gathered a fair amount of votes, we've discussed it with the relevant team once again. We actually want to take a closer look at what you're experiencing and get some of you in touch with our devs.


@jonathanleyerle- since you initiated the thread it would be great if we can have you on board.

@j4m1eb, @PrestonSale@decker12@jules99- what you mention is particularly interesting, so we'd like to have you on board as well.


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Can visit any kind of club while I'm working. Amazon streaming works though

Just cancelled my account with Spotify after being a customer for 10+ years as this has been a problem for a while, and it seems the last time someone from your company addressed it was 4+ years ago. What a joke. 


Why can my iPod from 2008 shuffle more songs than Spotify? They’re a company worth billions of dollars that I pay monthly for music. I saw a response saying that some devices can’t handle shuffling a lot of songs which doesn’t sound right to me. Even an old bootleg mp3 player can shuffle better, and I doubt that thing is powerful enough to run an app like Spotify. Even so $10.99 a month should be enough to cover handling it on the Spotify servers. Seems like a spit in the face to paying customers. 

I canceled as well.

Good. I don't really care who you move to but since I moved to Amazon Music myself I guess it would be in my interest to see more people become paying customers of theirs. The more paying customers they get, the more likely it is that they can (continue to?) ensure customer satisfaction.


As I mentioned before, all platforms have issues, it's up to you to decide what's bad enough to be a deal breaker. Amazon Music, for example, broke "randomise playlist" in a recent build of their windows desktop app. So far this hasn't been a problem for me as I reverted to an earlier build and it all came good. But I do expect them to put the effort in to fix it in the next build or I will have to reconsider whether they deserve to get my money, too.

Add me to the list of proud former Spotify subscribers. And yes while there
are workarounds to getting to hear your custom playlists in a true random
order, I just couldn't stand seeing them getting another dime of my
(actually my son's thanks to Christmas) money while blatantly ignoring a
very fixable problem. I started with Amazon Music and only added Spotify
because to their credit they have a slightly deeper catalogue of music but
I'd rather give up an obscure album I can easily find on YouTube than have
to use a separate program to shuffle my playlist before I listen to it. I
think the most telling thing about how Spotify feels about their customers
is that with most other sites, when you cancel they always ask for feedback
or want to know why you are cancelling. Spotify doesn't because for every
person they lose, there are 10 more suckers willing to give them their hard
earned money for an inferior product. Goodbye forever Spotify, I'm not
going to say it's been great because it hasn't been!

I ready this list and it seems to me that it is better to start look new service instead of Spotify.


As it is annoying to all the time hear same songs when I have 30min-1h to listen. Yes newly added songs seems to be added to top of these songs.


If I use Smart shuffle it gives songs that are onks that I would like to hear but at least not for my kids when we lasten together.

Even after kids on songlist full of songs for kids there come songs that are not suitable for kids.


I need to test YouTube music and Amazon music.



Does anyone have recommendations on a good music service that is better at shuffling then Spotify? Amazon? Apple? Sadly, where I live doesn't have YouTube music. Thanks.


I actually don't know about "shuffle" per se, but Amazon Music has the option "Randomise Playlist" which does what I want it to do. Please note though that I found this was broken in the last release I installed of the Windows Desktop application but I was able to go back to a previous release (Version in which it still works fine.


How come this was half accepted as a possible addition and it's still not available. I really hate the playlist repeating songs all the time. Any news on what the problem is? I see so many votes for this yet it isn't decided? What's going on?