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Radio feature missing or not working properly

shnitzellink
Newbie

Plan

Premium

Country

 USA

Device

Computer

Operating System

Win 10

 

My Question or Issue

 I like to use the playlist radio feature to find new songs for my playlist, but recently I can't find the option anymore on my computer. I used to just press the ellipses to the right of the 'play/pause' button on the playlist, then I would press the 'go to playlist radio' button. But now I don't see that option, while I do still it on my android phone. Where is it?

 

 

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runoff
Music Fan

joejoinerr
Regular

@Guido

 

So basically your developers removed a well-used feature (or at least made it more difficult to find) for what benefit? The only thing it appears to have done is disillusion a lot of listeners. This was very useful and allowed us to find new music that was similar to what we had already saved. Radio based on an artist or album is nowhere near as useful because it only provides the radio algorithm with a very small example of what you actually want to hear. In my experience this almost always results in me downvoting most of the suggested songs.

 

You say that you're "always testing things in order to improve the overall experience on Spotify" but this has only made my, and I'm guessing many others', experience worse. I've been really pleased with my Premium subscription up until this point, but when features are removed without any apparent reasoning or evidence that they are underused, people are going to be driven away.

 

Let's make sure that this feature is reinstated.

bmgoau
Regular

burroughs3000
Regular

To say the truth the Playlistradio was one of the greatest features in spotify. so now that is gone, i think about canceling my Premium membership. Apart from this the Android App is getting worse and worse. sorting and Filterung Playlists is now more complicated and Performance is getting lower and lower. what is the matter with spotify? do they Not need their premium customers any more? I think i'll Change to deezer.

letourno
Casual Listener

Playlist radio is a feature that i use extensively.  Removing it IS an issue for me!  Bring it back.

wepsi
Newbie

@joejoinerr wrote: This was very useful and allowed us to find new music that was similar to what we had already saved. Radio based on an artist or album is nowhere near as useful because it only provides the radio algorithm with a very small example of what you actually want to hear.

This. Some playlists are short or just boring after the 4th listening. Playlist radio kept the music similar and I could keep it on all day.

_thk_
Casual Listener

This was the only radio feature I used. I also don't know why you would remove a feature that worked really well and didn't, as far as I know, affect any other function of the program negatively.

And as others already said, it feels like features come and go all the time without any warning and there's no consistency.

rarina
Newbie

return the old radio!

SmallPinkDot
Regular

One of the main ways I used Spotify was to seed a playlist with a few songs and then make a 'playlist radio' station out of it.

It is a really bad decision to remove this functionality from Spotify.

It is really annoying when a multi-billion dollar company removes functionality from a product, when that functionality is one of the primary reasons I use that product.

marypatton
Casual Listener

These new changes are have been awful.  My account was briefly hacked several months ago.  I didn't understand at first what was happening when I'd be playing music to find it repeatedly being interrupted by latin cumbia music which is a genre I've never played in any form whatsoever on my account.  By the time I realized this was happening due to my account being compromised, I logged out of all computers, changed password, deleted all the history, playlists, etc. that the hacker created so that it would no longer ruin my daily mixes and discover weekly.  I've been a paying Spotify subscriber for YEARS, but in the short amount of time that my account was hacked, it seems that I cannot get spotify back to recognizing MY music taste.  5 out of 6 of my daily mixes continue to serve music I can't stand ... Discover Weekly still only gives me the hacked Latin music I have never, and would never listen to.  How is it that I have literally thousands of artists and songs saved in my library, I have tons of playliusts, and YEARS of listenng history that spotify's algorithms should base my music tastes around, yet none of that is enough to erase the stench the hacker left behind?  I have spent countless hours "banning" songs in every "made for you" list that comes up, and I used radio to help re-train spotify on my music tastes by using the like/dislike/heart/block features.  I also went into a "new" feature to help Spotify improve it's music selection by rating about 1000 songs that came up on the survey, banning every song "hacker" song hoping this would have some impact.... the help menus keep saying to just keep doing this, and playing music and eventually spotify will start going back to my music preferences, but its been months and my account is still contaminated with cumbia.    Since my "made for you" playlists have been corrupted, I relied on radio more and more, and now Spotify is ruining radio too.  After years of being a subscriber, this is about enough to make me stop paying for this... it's become useless and has cost me so much time trying to "train" the system that it's just not worth it if I can't even use the radio feature anymore.... the**bleep**-stain I couldn't delete was a couple radio stations the hacker made.  Not only can't I delete them because that feature is gone, there is no longer a way to make playlist radio and some of the radio stations I actually liked are missing... but there are so many shitty ones I can't get rid of.  wth Spotify?  How on earth do you think that these are improvements?  You've completely ruined my user experience in so many ways!

topperharlie
Newbie

Hi @Guido, haven't tested in the desktop, but in android app is a stupid change, it does not improve the APP in any way, it just removes functionality.

My use case was to choose 10 songs or so and create a new playlist, then play the radio for that playlist and while listening to songs keep adding them to the playlist. After that from time to time I listened to the "radio of the playlist" to keep growing it, right now I just can't do this.

So just give us this functionality back, I don't see any drawback on having the functionality.

By the way, doing changes so freely and then just leaving the option for the users to "open new ideas" to bring back basic functionality is VERY ANNOYING.

 

 

seatechua
Newbie

Who are these "geniuses" who decided to remove "playlist radio" feature? This is even more stupid thing to do than removing "Autoplay" feature (which is back now, thanks for that!). I dont want "Artist radio" and "Song Radio" - Apple Music has it too!  I want exactly "Playlist Radio" feature!!! Please bring it back!

DrigoMac
Newbie

There is 0 point to paying for spotify premium if it doesnt have the "playlist radio" feature. I'm better off going back to Pandora at this point. Please add this feature back or I will be forced to drop my renewal. I'm sure theres quite a bit of folks who feel the same way.

PelleChevelle
Gig Goer

Removing playlist radio is unforgivable! The stations I've created earlier doesn't work as expected either. When I play my beloved playlist stations, all sorts of **bleep** music is being played that's got nothing to do with the content of the playlist. And bleeping me for sayin c-r-a-p is really lame and Apple behaviour! Get your act together! This is almost as bad as removing the playlists! (Dare I say bad without being bleeped?)

PelleChevelle
Gig Goer

I wouldn't be surprised if the playlist radio is considered to be a "real" radio station and therefore should broadcasting fees etc. be paid, according to the radio organisations? I vaguely remember a similar discussion a few years ago...

mheezy84
Newbie

I just renewed my membership with Spotify the other day for the first time in years.  I mostly use it on my Android phone. I was only able to create a radio station from one of the playlists I made a few days now thru the search bar.  Unfortunately when I try to do it for my other playlists I can't find the feature for it or in the search bar.  That's just ridiculous; that feature needs to return ASAP.  Its not fair that a playlist can be made from songs or albums but not a playlist.

whatsthisforany
Newbie

Please please please undo this change! Creating a radio station from a playlist is essential to my spotify experence.

JoshuaCook
Regular

That's a terrible change. I hate it. This was my main way of discovering new music and lesser-known artists. Likely, this is just your attempt to appease corporate music over smaller artists. 

jugglingcats
Casual Listener

I really don't understand why this feature has been removed from the popup menu on playlist page. On PC we can use the workaround of going to Radio and then searching for the playlist, so the functionality is all there, just hidden away and much harder to use, and not available at all on Android.

 

Sometimes you make a reasonable argument that you remove a little-used feature because these cost money to maintain, but given that the feature is still there, albeit hidden away, this argument doesn't wash. Have voted for: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/All-Platforms-Radio-Bring-back-Playlist-Radio-context-me.... Please bring it back!

AlecJMcC
Regular

Changing this to "not an  issue" is a great way of demonstrating the complete lack of respect Spotify has for its users.  

 

You've removed my favouite feature and want to goad me further by calling it an improvement.  **bleep** you.

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