[All Platforms][Radio] Bring back Playlist Radio context menu option for everything

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Also raise a support case at https://support.spotify.com/us/contact-spotify-support/ > Technical Issues > Other

 

This is an intentional change by Spotify, so we need to make it heard that we want this feature back. Read on below.

 

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If you want this feature back go to the following versions:

Macos - Spotify 1.0.93.244 (still not back as of 1.0.96.181)

Android - 8.4.78.513 (8.4.84.874+ only have the option on personal, newly created playlists, sometimes it is there or not, this is called feature flagging or A/B testing)

How to block updates:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Desktop-Windows/Tutorial-stop-auto-update-and-use-old-client-and-sk...

 

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This is a request that Spotify undo their change over the last two weeks to remove the context-menu Playlist radio option from all their platforms.

 

It is NOT sufficient to link to "Where is Radio?" https://support.spotify.com/us/using_spotify/system_settings/why-am-i-seeing-different-features-than... - this is not a communications issue, or a learning curve issue.

 

We are asking very precisely that Spotify undo this change. Return the "Playlist radio" contextual option in all platforms. We further ask that it return for all objects, i.e all playlists (created by the user or other users), albums, artists etc. Basically: make it like it used to be.

The most obvious example is that the create radio playlist option is missing from the right-click context menu on Macos and Windows. But all platforms now make it more difficult to create radio playlists.

It disappeared for me on my Mac last week, Windows PC on Monday and Android yesterday.

Once you get the update, to create a radio station you now need to go to Radio > Create Radio Station, this will then open a sidebar which you can type the name of your playlist into using your keyboard which will then give you the option to create a radio station. So the feature is effectively buried.

I contacted support and they said:

At Spotify, we’re often testing and launching improvements and new features. When we’re testing, you may see something on the app your friend doesn’t, or get a new feature for only a temporary period. Let us know what you think over at our Community.

Seems like they are following an industry trend of removing features from their service to "reduce complexity". Looks like design bunker thinking to me.


I hope the option returns.

If it doesn't return, vote with your wallet. Youtube Music has playlist radio on everything and 1 month free trial: https://www.youtube.com/premium

Comments
bmgoau
Casual Listener

Main thread: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Radio-feature-missing-or-not-working-properly/idi-p/...

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Desktop-Windows/What-happened-to-quot-Playlist-Radio-quot/td-p/4635...

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Idea-Submissions/Playlists-Can-t-create-playlist-radio-any-more/idi...

Little bit of gossip here: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Idea-Submissions/Android-Radio-Bring-back-Playlist-Radio-on-Android...

The rep told me it was to make the app more streamlined and easier to use, but I don't think removing radio really accomplished that.

Support is directing everyone here: https://support.spotify.com/au/using_spotify/system_settings/why-am-i-seeing-different-features-than...

At Spotify, we’re often testing and launching improvements and new features. When we’re testing, you may see something on the app your friend doesn’t, or get a new feature for only a temporary period. Let us know what you think over at our Community.

Rock Star 22
Rock Star 22
Status changed to: New Idea
wepsi
Newbie
Seems like they are following an industry trend of removing features from their service to "reduce complexity".
Reducing complexity by burying the feature under many options instead of keeping it simply visible.
bmgoau
Casual Listener

Typical response:


@osornios wrote:

Updated on 2018-12-23

Marked as new idea.

 

Please check this related Issue:

 

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Radio-feature-missing-or-not-working-properly/idi-p/...


Apparently a well-loved and widely used feature is removed after what? 5-10 years ... and getting it back is marked as a "new" idea with a response that takes you to a page that says "At Spotify, we’re often testing and launching improvements and new features."

 

Thanks Spotify.

 

 

 

mikeanywhere
Regular

I think recently we've been experiencing Spotify having to cut back on our experience to keep margins nice and fat. 

 

We lost messaging.

We lost apps.

We lost lyrics. 

We're losing immediate generation of playlist radios (too much cpu usage?) 

 

What did we gain?

Spotify video. A new revenue for Spotify that nobody uses.

 

We're still paying the same though. 

 

Google music or iTunes.  They're hungry for custom instead of gorged on profit. 

poplopo
Casual Listener

I miss playlist radios! I don't want to make radio stations based on a single song - it's always going to be for a whole playlist.

JayShower1
Newbie

Bump, and seconded from me. Today I tried to make a playlist radio and it was gone! It took me a while to notice since I haven't used Spotify very much lately. If Spotify doesn't fix this soon, I'm going to switch platforms. I don't like the direction Spotify is going. Google music probably has better integration with my google home mini anyways.

burroughs3000
Newbie

To say the truth the Playlistradio was one of the greatest features in spotify. so now that is gone, i think about canceling my Premium membership. Apart from this the Android App is getting worse and worse. sorting and Filterung Playlists is now more complicated and Performance is getting lower and lower. what is the matter with spotify? do they Not need their premium customers any more? I think i'll Change to deezer.

StefanoBrunesci
Regular

I would like to protest the removal of this feature. Playlist Radio is one of the most useful features of Spotify! 

w8-_j41zk9p5o
Newbie

yeah same here, tidal is cheaper and i had been using playlist radio 24/7 so since it's gone why should i stay here?
@burroughs3000 wrote:

To say the truth the Playlistradio was one of the greatest features in spotify. so now that is gone, i think about canceling my Premium membership. Apart from this the Android App is getting worse and worse. sorting and Filterung Playlists is now more complicated and Performance is getting lower and lower. what is the matter with spotify? do they Not need their premium customers any more? I think i'll Change to deezer.