Help me understand Spotify's queue

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Help me understand Spotify's queue

jonathansick
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I'm coming to Spotify from years Rdio, and I'm totally confused about how Spotify does play queues. Maybe you can help me understand Spotify's logic.

 

My goal is

 

  1. Start playing an album
  2. While the first album is playing, queue up another album to play after it
  3. repeat step 2

What actually happens when I do this in Spotify is

 

  1. I pick an album to play. On the queue page, I see the first song is the "Current Track" and the remaining songs on the Album are the "Next Tracks"
  2. I go to another album, and select "Add to Queue". Now the second album is in "Queued Tracks" and the album I'm playing is in "Next Tracks". At this point I'm a little worried.
  3. My worries pan out and Spotify's queue switches from the first album I was playing to the queued album.
  4. I can add additional albums to the end of the "Queued Tracks". A success!
  5. Once my queue is finished, Spotify finally gets around the playing the remaining tracks of my first album.

So what's the deal? Do I just treat the first album as a sacrificial lamb so I can add other stuff to the proper queue and ignore the weirdness of Spotify saving the rest of the first album for later? The whole idea of a "Next Tracks" being separate from "Queued Tracks" seems like utter nonsense to me. *But* I'm really curious to see if there's value in Spotify's logic.

 

Is my workflow the best way to queue up a bunch of albums to play in order? What do you Spotify veterans do?

 

Is there any way to have songs from my albums, even the first one I play, show up in "Queued Tracks" rather than "Next Tracks"?

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Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

dsa_7
Roadie

Hey jonathansick, welcome to the Community! Rest assured, I'll be able to help you queue like a pro in no time. What you should do is add your first album to the queue, then add your second album, and so on. If you start playing an album, then add something to the queue, the queue takes priority and the queue is cleared before the rest of the album plays. If you add everything you want to listen to to the queue, everything will take priority. If you start listening to an album, the entire album ISN'T added to the queue, you have to add the album to the queue, to add the album to the queue.

 

I hope I helped. The Community is great for helping others over in the Help forum, discovering new music in The Green Room and making new friends everywhere! Feel free to explore, and I look forward to seeing you on the forums some time! Good luck with queuing your jam and rock on!

Starting out but ready to make a difference :-)
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Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

dsa_7
Roadie

Hey jonathansick, welcome to the Community! Rest assured, I'll be able to help you queue like a pro in no time. What you should do is add your first album to the queue, then add your second album, and so on. If you start playing an album, then add something to the queue, the queue takes priority and the queue is cleared before the rest of the album plays. If you add everything you want to listen to to the queue, everything will take priority. If you start listening to an album, the entire album ISN'T added to the queue, you have to add the album to the queue, to add the album to the queue.

 

I hope I helped. The Community is great for helping others over in the Help forum, discovering new music in The Green Room and making new friends everywhere! Feel free to explore, and I look forward to seeing you on the forums some time! Good luck with queuing your jam and rock on!

Starting out but ready to make a difference :-)

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

jonathansick
Casual Listener

Thanks :) So I just 'Add to queue' from the (...) menu everywhere. That works.

 

Is there any way to clear the 'up next' part of the queue?

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

dsa_7
Roadie
To clear 'Up Next', you could try listening to a single (rather than an album, playlist or library) and then form your queue. Once your queue is drained, nothing will play until you choose something else. :-)
Starting out but ready to make a difference :-)

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

Beirutbomber
Music Fan

Gosh, I didn't understand a thing you said...even when I tried, it didn't make any sense. I've been trying for years to understand it, but it surely shouldn't be so complex. I'll try and ask spotify again, if theyre reaeding this, can you please fix the queue feature so it makes sense. Let's see if the following example will help the Spotify team understand waht we spotify users are trying to achieve with the QUEUÉ-----------this is how spotify queue currently works...... I'm at the cinemas in a line waiting to buy a ticket then ten people walk in and the Concierge asks them to get into the queue to pay for their tickets so they all get right in the front of the current queue and push the rest of the people back so they end up buying a ticket before everyone else who's been waiting before them. Now, I would like to see a queue system where when these people come in to the cinema to buy a ticket that when the concierge asks them to get into the queue they actually line up at the end and wait their turn. Can we spotify users ask for anything more simple than this..surely your IT guys can knock this out very quickly...surely guys, surely the spotify team can invest a few hours and few dollars in programming this into a very much highly requested logical feature. I gues Spotify won't like it if you pay them late, then again you could say "the payment is waiting in the Queue":)

 

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

NE14
Newbie

Essentially the technique is this: Instead of starting to play your first album, and then using "add to queue" for the second album, you should "use "Add to queue" for the very first album BEFORE you start playing anything. Then, when you use "add to queue" for the second album it will go to the end, and so on for the third, fourth etc. So ONLY use the "add to queue" to set it up, don't start with anything playing already. Once you have your albums in line then hit play and go.

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

lucasp
Casual Listener

yeah, i dont understand how they managed to break a simple & widespread feature such as a song queue! Song queue worked just fine the way it has always been since the times of the good old Winamp.

 

I wish I could understand what's going on behind Spotify's UX Wizards minds. There MUST be a VERY strong reason to want to change such a common user behaviour.

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

Beirutbomber
Music Fan
Honestly, there shouldn't even be a debate as to how one should queue a song or album. The term "QUEUE " is a simple word to understand, and if it's not working as per the English definition of QUEUE, then they need to call it something else. It's as simple as ABC, not like ACB..... http://www.thefreedictionary.com/queue

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

Beirutbomber
Music Fan
To help spotify and the entire population that uses spotify, i have finally discovered the queue system which spotify uses and they need to rename it as such to avoid this confusion, it is known as a PUSH DOWN QUEUE, which means the last item queued is the first item played.... guys at spotify let everyone one know that you're queuing system is a PUSH DOWN QUEUE... so for example, the last person entering the cinema to buy a ticket is the first person served, yes indeed this is the system spotify uses.

Re: Help me understand Spotify's queue

lucasp
Casual Listener
"push down queue" is also known as "stack" (Last In, First Out - LIFO) in programming =)
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