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[Playlists] Shuffle+ A new shuffling method

Hello everyone! 

 

Ever wondered why everyone is still stuck on same old Shuffle? Whether is shuffling non heard songs properly or is just completely Random, it's still always the same. How about improving this tech a little bit?

 

This idea was already posted once through this link: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Closed-Ideas/Music-Supreme-Shuffle-among-artists-albums-etc/idc-p/4...

However, it didn't get enough kudos per year, but I'm ready to try again and be more engaging with the community that share same expectations from Spotify.

 

Shuffle+ is all about listening all your favorite songs in the most diverse order you never thought would be possible. "How?" you may ask. Simple. Instead of being a random shuffle, or true shuffle, Shuffle+ would works as a filter check where you can choose what to Shuffle or not.

 

Example 1: Imagine my standard Favorite playlist from Spotify is already ordered by Album. So every time you play it, it will always play the same songs in the very same order. From album to album, alphabetically. However, I'm feeling like listening to them on a different order, but still want to enjoy whole albums or artists separately instead of shuffling through musical genres. So, you would do this:

 

[  ] Artist

[x] Album

[  ] Track

[  ] Genre                 Then hit play!

 

What would this do? Spotify would only Shuffle+ among albums until that artist's albums in your favorite playlist are over, then, it would play tracks in order from the next artist's albums with similar genre, because only album was checked . For this to work they would need to add a new Column on library just for Genres. If not, we would only be able to shuffle among artist, album and tracks, though, with random genres.

 

Example 2: 

[x] Artist

[  ] Album

[x] Track

[  ] Genre 

 

This would make Spotify play a artist's whole tracks in shuffle mode, independent of albums, meaning albums order would be random, but all his songs would be played, no matter what. Then, would go to the next Artist and repeat it to that artist, and so on.

 

Example 3:

[  ] Artist

[x] Album

[  ] Track

[x] Genre 

 

This one would make Spotify Shuffle among Albums and Genres, don't minding Artist or Track order. Once one Album from one Genre finished, it would play the next Album in the next Genre. If Genre is not implemented by Spotify, then it would be like example 1.

 

Example 4:

[x] Artist

[x] Album

[x] Track

[x] Genre

 

This would work just like usual Shuffle.

 

Example 5:

[x] Artist

[x] Album

[  ] Track

[  ] Genre

 

This would play one artist album in proper tracks order, then Shuffle to another artist's album and repeat.

 

REMINDER: Always remember that whenever Shuffle+ is active, only what is selected will shuffle. Unselected items should play in proper order.

 

Now... How would that look like? 

 

Just like the 'Loop' option alternates among 'Loop All', 'Loop One', and 'Loop Off', the 'Shuffle' button could alternate the same among 'Shuffle', 'Shuffle+', and 'Shuffle Off'.

The concept of the "check boxes" to select what would be included in shuffle could be done by touch/holding 'Shuffle' on media player button to open up the 'Shuffle+' menu, where the main/first option would be 'On/Off', then the second would have the "tags/checkboxes" to pick what you want to shuffle. Doing so would save that as you preset for Shuffle+, always using it whenever you're cycling among Shuffle option. This means if the user wants to change how his Shuffle+ shuffles through content, he would have to open that menu.

 

Hope you all get the idea. If you don't, please say in the comments and I will try to make it clearer.

 

PS: Not intended for Liked playlist only or Freemium users. Since this is a really complex shuffle method, would only apply to Premium and would apply to all available platforms if possible.

 

Please! Comment bellow what are your thoughts, what could be improved, if you liked it or not. I will update the idea as we get more opinions about it so we can improve it together. HELP SHARING THE WORD! =D

 

-----CHANGELOG-----

 

*Update 08/23/2021

- Fixed example 3 as I got confused with the explanation. Before even though Genre was checked, it was not being shuffled in the example as it should be with anything that is checked on Shuffle+ filter

- Added examples 4 and 5

- Fixed a few sintax errors

 

*Update 07/18/2021

-Added a little capped observation that maybe wasn't so clear

-Added changelog section to the bottom with all updates/edits so far

 

*Update 06/14/2021 

-Added 1 extra example with album and genre-

-Added how it it would look and deepened on simplified toggle on/off-

-Mixed both PSs together-

Updated on 2022-06-24

Hey! Looks like your idea is growing up fast and it's amazing! We are going to change its status to 'Good Suggestion' now and we hope it continues being supported by more and more users.
Thanks again for your suggestion. We really appreciate it 🙂

More information about how the Spotify Idea Exchange works can be found here.

Comments
Luan
Status changed to: Closed - Not Enough Votes

Updated on 2022-01-18

Hello!

Your idea has been submitted a while ago but unfortunately hasn't gathered enough kudos yet. In order to keep an overview of the active ideas in this forum, we will close this idea for now. However, this does not mean that your idea has been declined by Spotify.

If you still feel strongly about your request, we encourage you to continue sharing it to get more kudos. Folks can still add their votes and comments in order to support it.

Do you have any further questions on how the idea exchange is managed? Just click here.

Luan
Status changed to: Good Suggestion

Updated on 2022-06-24

Hey! Looks like your idea is growing up fast and it's amazing! We are going to change its status to 'Good Suggestion' now and we hope it continues being supported by more and more users.
Thanks again for your suggestion. We really appreciate it 🙂

More information about how the Spotify Idea Exchange works can be found here.

seanf01

**bleep** YESS PLZ!!! I love love love this suggestion!!! 🧡

Kaffien

I'd be happy with a 're-shuffle playlist' button. 

 

The whole point of shuffling is to avoid listening to the same songs each time. 

Steven27252409

Honestly, anything to improve Spotify's shuffler would be appreciated. I have a playlist that is just under 114 hours long. I listen to this same list for about 10 hours every night at work and every night I hear almost exactly the same ten hours of music from that playlist. It's getting REAL old.

gionnigio

Yes please, add features like this.....please please please....i would like to shuffling through all of my Artists Library.

 

 

PLEAAAAASSEEEE

dessareilly

I really like this Shuffle+ idea. It'd really really make paying the subscription fee worth it. I'd stop feeling like Spotify is the streaming service I settle for, not the streaming service I want.

 

This is a great suggestion and I'm pointing everyone I know at it, though not with great hope, since the idea is 2 years old. <sigh>

 

dessareilly

Incidentally, really frustrating that this idea is marked as a duplicate of the idea in this thread. They really are looking at very different ways to shuffle. 

 

A "least listened to" shuffle is considerably different from what you're recommending -- less data overhead and less UI programming to get it done, as well. And it's DESPERATELY needed. 

 

mastawin

Give us the ability to assign a rating 1-10 of songs in our playlists, only viewable to us. Then, allow us to shuffle based on that rating. Like “shuffle all songs greater than ranking X”.

 

or even more basic: allow us to select a subset of songs in a particular playlist, and then repeat shuffle only the ones that are selected.