Windows 7 & Samsung A5 (and every other instance where Spotify exists)
Operating System Version:
Windows 7 Ultimate
Shuffle in playlists completely ignoring an artist, or always putting some artists in the end.
This error needs more than 1 or 2 sentences to explain, so I'll begin.
I had a playlist with 4 artists. Ane brun, Chelsey Wolfe, Anna von Hausswolf and First Aid Kit.
I added Rasputina to that playlist and thenattempted to play it with shuffle on.
The amount of songs related to artists are now as follows:
115 Ane Brun
56 Chelsey Wolfe
39 First Aid Kit
31 Anna von Hausswolf
However... if I check the Play Queue where I can see the next upcoming 50 tracks I couldn't find Rasputina. At first I just thought it was bad luck with the shuffle algorith, so I shut Shuffle off and turned it on again to shuffle a new list. Same result.. all the songs were shuffled around, except that Rasputina still didn't appear.
This was redone well over 100 times with not a single track of Rasputina ever appearing... so I turned of Spotify, restarted my computer, andtried again. Same result. It was as if Rasputina never existed in the playlist at all, except if I turned shuffle off.
I created a new test-playlist with a few tracks from First Aid Kit and ever more songs with Rasputina.. this time it was 7 songs with first Aid Kit and I had like 50-60 songs with Rasputina.
No matter how many times I reshuffled it always turned out the same result.
Rasputina did appear, but... ALL the First Aid Kit songs went first, and after that all the Rasputina songs came.. no matter how many times I shuffled and shuffled,, always First Aid Kit before Rasputina... ALL First Aid Kit that is.. nothing mixed... the only thing that shuffled around was the individual artists songs, but they never mixed with eachothers.
Tried it again with 4 artist.. 5 songs each... and this time it really tried to shuffle.. but 9/10 times it clumped the artists together.. 1/10 it managed to shuffle like 1-3 songs around in between the other artists... nothing more.
A fried of mine tried to reproduce this problem, and found the same thing... He made a list with Adept and some other random songs and it always placed all the Adept songs at the top... after like 20-30 attempts it placed 1 Rasputina song in the middle of the Adept-clump and all the other random songs still left at the bottom.
Right now the only manual workaround I've found is to either manually shuffle the songs around and turn of the shuffle-function.. or sort it after songtitle or track-time or something.. with shuffle turned of ofcourse..... but that's not really a workaround.
As it is right now this function is clearly broken as seen by both me and several friends have noticed.
And... as you might notice this is not the typical "Uuuh my shuffle played the same artist 2 times in a row" complain. because, that could happen, and that doesn't bother me.
What bothers me is that an entire artist that by the way is the 2nd most songs in the list... is completely shunned by the shuffling.. after hundreds of resets, reinstalls of Spotify, restarts of computers, and so on.
Aaaaand this happens on the phone aswell!
(I've chosen to include my friends screenshot of his Adept-attempt. Worth noticing is that, while yes, 2 random songs in between a clump of 1 artist can ofcourse end up in the bottom... but... this is the result he got every single time. They ALWAYS ended up in the bottom, and it was ONLY the Adept songs that shuffled around.)
Thanks for your comments.
We’ve recently made some improvements to our shuffle algorithm. We’d love to hear your feedback here: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Implemented-Ideas/Implement-an-actual-shuffle-function/idi-p/27607.
In the meantime, we'll set this as closed but we'll continue to look into it.
Keep on rocking 🙂