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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.

 

We'll send you more info via Community PM, so please make sure they're enabled in your Community settings.

 

If anyone else is interested in participating, please let us know in this thread. We'll reach out to you, should we need more folks.

 

Thanks!

Comments
MjBalls
spaideyv

Four years later and I still get songs playing twice in one session before other songs in the playlist.  **bleep**. 

When shuffle is put on, it seems to heavily favour more recently added songs over older ones to the point i’ve never heard some older songs in my playlist when it’s on.
Lasaterma

Spotify, you responded to this three years ago. What will it take to get a true shuffle option for those of us who want it? I have over ten thousand songs on my liked songs list but have to keep deleting so I don't hear the same songs everyday at work. I feel like the songs the app thinks we prefer are only played so often because you think we prefer them. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. 

I spend money on your app. I have duo premium,  please make an app that I don't have to grudgingly dole out money for.

My loyalty right now is only because of the time invested in making playlists. 

rozeboosje

@Lasaterma - What you describe here is the classical "fallacy of sunk cost" - "I can't leave because I invested so much time and money in creating my play list with over 10,000 songs in it".

 

Yes, I feel your pain, but you're wasting your time appealing to Spotify's better nature. As should be clear by now, they will NEVER change this behaviour.

Lasaterma
I ended up moving my music to Amazon using the link above. I'm hearing
music I forgot I had put in my favorites.
bigm

 

Plan

Premium

Country

Germany

Device

Pixel 4A

Operating System

Android

 

My Question or Issue

I start playing a playlist with smart shuffle and it always plays the same songs, even though the playlist includes over 100 songs (where can I see the number of songs in a playlist in android, BTW?). Even worse is that after skipping a few of the songs that are all the time played, they come up again!

 

As a Spotify user I expect shuffle to have all the songs in a playlist to appear at least once before they are repeated and to randomly select songs unbiased when shuffling a playlist.

rozeboosje

Yup. Look, I get it. Spotify was innovative. They forced the music industry to accept the inevitable move to streaming music. But now they're the ones holding user satisfaction back, and a company that does that deserves to die.

fraktalisman

What's innovative now: turn off all devices and go to a Jazz club where people play live music.

stevemcgowan1954
Jazz…aargh rather watch paint dry