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iPhone 12 Pro Max
My Question or Issue
The last few days, anytime I've played a podcast, it has been playing the next episodes incorrectly. When I finish or skip to the end of an episode, no matter what, it plays the next unplayed or partially played episode, instead of whatever episode is next chronologically. It skips previously played episodes, and only plays episodes marked as unplayed, partially played or both. I like to listen to podcasts through over and over, episode after episode and sometimes starting in the middle, and now I cannot listen to episodes I've already heard before if I let it auto play. If you look at the queue, it shows that it is only going to play those episodes, so it definitely decides that this is the right order at some point. Selecting played episodes and them to the queue works, but is a ridiculous solution if, for instance, I want to listen to a podcast's episodes from 3 years ago I've already listened to for 10 hours while I work. I'd need to queue every single episode for that 10 hours, and if I ran out of episodes, I would need to scroll back through hundreds of episodes to find where I was, because it's skipped forward a year to the next half-played episode, and the podcast list scrolls to the current episode when you select the podcast again from something like the home page. It's incredibly annoying and frustrating, especially when my played podcasts auto-played too last week.
This behaviour is limited to my account and only on my iOS device. I created another, free account to test if it was the same, but when I logged into the new account from the iOS device, it played in the right order, without skipping. And when I play podcasts from my Macbook Pro, they play as expected too, chronologically and without skipping anything. However, my Macbook Pro's Spotify app doesn't seem to understand the queue playing on my iOS device, and defaults to some random, old queue from weeks ago that doesn't exist anymore. And, if start playing from my Macbook Pro and transfer to the iOS device or select the episode for my iOS device to play from my Macbook Pro, it uses the correct order and plays played episodes.
You can see all of this in the videos. They show the behaviour from both devices, recording at the same time. The iOS video shows:
1. a partially played episode selected
2. Spotify skips over 2 played episodes when swiping to the next episode
3. Spotify skips over 2 played episodes when swiping to the previous episode
4. Spotify skips over 2 played episodes when swiping to the next episode
5. Spotify plays the next unplayed episode when swiping to the next episode
6. another partially played episode is selected
7. Spotify plays the next partially played episode when swiping to the next episode twice
8. a played episode, Episode X, is selected and partially played
9. the episode right before Episode X is selected
10. Spotify plays partially-played Episode X when swiping to the next episode
11. Spotify skips over 1 played episode when swiping to the next episode
12. the queue is showed, displaying the incorrect order
The macOS video shows how the Spotify app get confused by the iOS device's queue, and flits back and forth between the incorrect queue and the iOS queue when a new episode is played
- restarting the device
- logging out and logging back in
- uninstalling Spotify
- marking all episodes as played
- marking all episodes as unplayed
- switching sort order
- filtering and unfiltering played episodes
This has made Spotify podcasts unusable. It has ruined the way I listen to podcasts and has induced a ridiculous amount of frustration and annoyance at a product that worked perfectly before. I think I read somewhere that this is an experimental feature that is being tried out, and if that is true -- it needs to stop, it is awful, and completely stops me from being able to use Spotify to play podcasts. It is a bad feature that should at the very least be toggleable. Please help, I would really like to be able to listen to my podcasts on Spotify again, it was by far the most convenient, straightforward and user-friendly interface for podcasts until this, and I genuinely relied on it for a lot of my time during the day. Now it is, I want to repeat, unusable.