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[Mobile] [Other] Smart Shuffle toggle setting in settings menu

Smart shuffle is a fun way to discover new songs, but it comes at a cost. Want to reshuffle your queue? Bam, wait a few seconds longer. Want to unshuffle your playlist? Bam, no longer works, and goes to a completely random place in the playlist.


To me this is an unwanted complication, and I'd much rather be able to choose in the settings menu whether I want to enable the Smart Shuffle feature, or disable it.

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I ended up contacting customer support about this smart shuffle issue, and they basically advised me to cancel my subscription if I don't want it as a permanent feature. They even said that I am "just" on a family plan, therefore it wouldn't be a big deal for them. THEY DON'T CARE WHAT WE THINK!! If you're considering cancelling, I'd say just do it. Spotify doesn't deserve our business with a bad attitude like that


I've blocked Beyonce 'Texas Hold-Em' from playing, as you can see below. I've gone back & blocked Beyonce (who I like). I've blocked Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, (all of whom I liked) etc. Stop playing them over & over. You have a Search button if I like the music.



I absolutely DETEST smart shuffle. Even if I didn’t, how dare you force me to default to listening to your music every time I play my own playlists. Forcing me to then have to turn something off I didn’t ask for in the first place. This is the worst Spotify feature ever and as ridiculous / poorly thought out / as hated as Apple loading U2 onto everyone’s iPhones without their permission. Tell me, why would I pay money to you for a music platform which I then spend endless hours curating my own playlists on only for you to force feed me your own garbage suggestions? Turn it off Spotify, it really is enough to make me walk away from your platform after years of use 


Yes! Please let me disable smart shuffle. Stop wasting my data downloading songs I don't want to listen to. Stop forcing me to use features I don't want to use. And for that matter, stop trying to force me to listen to artists I don't want to listen to. Just because they're technically the same genre I doesn't mean I like them.


I honestly believe that smart shuffle was the worst feature Spotify decided to use yet. It's useless when looking for new songs, its cumbersome to get around when you are simply trying to unshuffle or normally shuffle your playlists. Enhance was far better than the trash feature they replaced it with. Nothing good has come from adding smart shuffle, they have completely overrun a perfectly good option for a choice that encumbers their users. And still they refuse to listen to their users who have supported this app. Spotify just doesn't seem to care about the quality of their app anymore according to the way they manage the functions of this otherwise pretty good system. Every time i see a change i feel a sense of dread because i know the changes are going to be disappointed, lackluster, and even infuriating to use. In the time I've used Spotify i can say with certainty that they've continuously gone downhill with every new useless change. This topic has surely been talked about, and yet i still see nothing has been done about it. thanks sooooo much spotify.


Whoever decided to wreck carefully curated playlists by polluting them with music that I don’t like and can’t opt out of should be fired. If this is not fixed in the next couple of weeks I’m switching to Apple Music. This is such a hostile, cartoonishly stupid **bleep**ing idea! I hate it!!!!!!! It shows a real contempt for their users. 


Even while hating it from the introduction and never purposely selecting it I continue to find my playlist on "smart shuffle" ... If I want to listen to songs not on my playlist I would. I have found smart shuffle settings to be not saved because I keep turning it OFF on the same playlist. This will cause me to cancel my 7+ years of premium if it's not fixed. 


I took time out of my busy day to join the chorus of frustrated users demanding a definitive way to turn off Smart Shuffle. I work in software development and I would be shocked if adding a toggle in Preferences were more than a day's work, including QA and deployment. C'mon Spotify!


Same boat. Smart shuffle feature is anything but, and is quite annoying. The fact that it now turns itself on and you cannot get rid of it is an intrusive plague. Please, please, please either create a way to manually disable or get rid of it all together. I have already uninstalled/reinstalled the app twice.


I can't even reduce the window, collapse, close/open or anything without the damn smart shuffle turning on, even when shuffle is turned off. Freaking nightmare zombie function at this point.


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I have been at paying customer since 2013! This feature is incredibly aggravating. I'm considering discontinuing my subscription, The only reason I have been paying for it as the same time as my YouTube Music is that I really like the Spotify interface. That has changed with Smart Shuffle. If there's no global way to disable the Smart Shuffle from the interface, I will not be a paying customer much longer.