[Android][Playlists] Bring Back Mobile Playlist Sorting/Searching

It would appear that the newest update to mobile versions of Spotify have moved the Search/Filter options for playlist into a small context menu which is a few clicks and a scroll away.

 

I don't see the need for this - I (and I'm sure many others) use the search funtion and the sort functions all the time on mobile devices. So the fact that they have been moved elsewhere is really inconvenient - there was no need to do this.

 

Do other people agree that the search and sort functions need to be moved back to the playlist main screen?

Updated on 2019-09-19

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Comments
MicahMannPrime
Casual Listener

THIS IS NECESSARY, I'll be in my personal playlist, and want to listen to a select artist in that playlist. So I used to just search their name, all my favourite tracks from them would come up, and I could shuffle play the tracks. Now it's impossible, you have to find the sort playlist in the sub menu, type in the name, and scroll through all the songs and add to queue. 

 

 It was so easy to search and shuffle the search results before. It needs to come back. I don't get why it was removed. 

chris_v30
Newbie

I did not know where the search bar was for the past 2 months and thought they removed it altogether. This is such a strange change as it just adds more steps to an already perfect system. I wish we at least had the option to have the bar at the top as it had been for so long. It's been 2 months since this post and sadly it hasn't changed. I'd just like a response as to why they changed it. I can't imagine anyone wanting to have to search through a menu for the search bar. 

Rock Star 13
Rock Star 13
Status changed to: New Suggestion

I know it, I feel the same way at first  (IOS user but the same case), but right now I think it's ok, maybe is just or natural resistance to change. Or get used to at least that's my opinion!

Redinferno
Newbie

@Jpgchief wrote:

I know it, I feel the same way at first  (IOS user but the same case), but right now I think it's ok, maybe is just or natural resistance to change. Or get used to at least that's my opinion!


I honestly fail to understand how does hiding the sorting/search button away in a subcontext menu is beneficial to the user in any shape or form other than creating a dumbed-down subjective UI. This is not a 'natural resistance to change' - It's regarding your customers as preschoolers with special needs and feeling the need to hide away and remove everything for the sake of streamlining. It's idiocy at best and is also exactly what I will definitely have to consider moving on as a customer.

felixeng
Casual Listener

The status update might be the dumbest thing I've read in ages. The users clearly don't like it as inconvenient and adds absolutely nothing.

Collunz
Newbie

Agreed

1995matthewb
Newbie

What I find utterly perplexing is the "Songs" playlist thing still has the old filter functions, so it's not like the issue is technical. Just Spotify being utterly garbage at listening to the community and/or lacking in basic common sense.

Farbs
Newbie

I know "I don't like the new thing" is a common complaint when apps update the UI, but this just took something that worked fine and made it harder. Yes yes, it's just a couple taps and a scroll more, but when you use search and sort frequently like I do, it adds up to really make the whole app experience feel clunkier and less efficient. Plus, before this change, the app would remember the sort method I used in each playlist (I always use "recently added") but now it reverts to default every time I close the app.

Again, the net result of this is to take a thing that was sleek and effective and bury and cripple it. I really don't see any advantage other than maybe saving a little visual space at the top of the playlist? If that's the case, make it a UI setting to show it or not and those of us who want the search bar can enable it.

If you really want to un-clutter the playlist view, might I suggest getting rid of the huge album cover collage taking up half the screen that serves no purpose at all? 

NewHireOnFire
Casual Listener

Sorry Sethroph, and all users who may agree, but on the contrary, I actually find I use this option more often then the sort by... category. Because one of my main playlists, that I treat as my entire collection, has such a huge amount of songs, demos and remixes made by the same artists, I find that when I can type in a song and it gives me all versions of such song quickly and easier than if I had sort it by any other filter, that I don't mind the option there.

Farbs
Newbie

 


@NewHireOnFire wrote:

Sorry Sethroph, and all users who may agree, but on the contrary, I actually find I use this option more often then the sort by... category. Because one of my main playlists, that I treat as my entire collection, has such a huge amount of songs, demos and remixes made by the same artists, I find that when I can type in a song and it gives me all versions of such song quickly and easier than if I had sort it by any other filter, that I don't mind the option there.


I don't follow what you mean. There used to be a search bar with the "sort by" icon next to it, so they were both easy access. Now both are buried in the menu. Searching for songs or artists is also harder than it used to be (at least on my app).