Spotify widget gone?

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karalouise
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At first, I thought it was an issue with Huawei, but I found out it wasn't, Spotify intentionally removed the widget. Pretty ridiculous move in my opinion. It was the easiest way to interact with the app, now they remove it so you have to use the "hard" way. Why remove something that works and people are happy with? Seems like bad decision making on their part, and will ultimately mean bad business idea. 

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Stansfield
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I very, very rarely take part in any online fora. But this is just too much. A completely idiotic, unexplicable decision on the part of Spotify. WHY remove a feature that was working fine, didn't cause any trouble and was undoubtly useful and being used by thousands of users around the world? Was keeping it costly somehow?? Was making life easier for users and issue??

No, using the swipe-down menu is NOT a solution, as a) it's a needless extra step and - more importantly - b) IT'S NOT AVAILABLE UNLESS SPOTIFY IS ALREADY OPEN! 

 

EDIT
This makes the experience so much worse for me that I'm exploring alternative platforms, and I've been a Spotify premium user roughly from when it launched, with a few months break for Dizzer when the Spotify app for Windows Phone (sic!) still sucked.

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netgnome
Casual Listener

One word: STUPID.   Oh wait, I need another word:. LAZY (that the programmers couldn't figure out how to make widgets work across multiple versions of Android so they removed it entirely). Time to up my Pandora subscription from Plus to Premium and dump Spotify.

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crisagatie
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Stupid move by Spotify. Unsubscribed for now, I am so fed up with companies that "know better" what I want or need. 

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_82zyjwuu-w8f
Music Fan
Seeing people leave Spotify over this is ridiculous 😂 sorry for you. I'm
not happy about it either, but I feel like it's a Google/Android thing,
rather than Spotify's fault.

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xeper
Casual Listener
Lol no, Spotify made this pointless decision on their own.

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Please-listen
Music Fan

Another strike in Spotify's long history of discontinuing cool features. They really **bleep** me off. 

You are so lucky you don't have any proper competitor, because we feel**bleep** as users...

what is the need for that

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bigkatoomer
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Mounted Kitchen tablet is mission control. A page of audio,weather,CCTV, calendar widgets. Massive own goal here spotify. A massive step back. Will think twice about my subscription as a  result.

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_82zyjwuu-w8f
Music Fan
Just get a widget app if it's such a big deal

Re: Spotify widget gone?

netgnome
Casual Listener

Sorry, but you are showing your ignorance of Google/Android and how widgets work.  Claiming it's a fault of Google/Android and not Spotify ignores the fact that other apps like Pandora continue to function with widgets.  Yes, it's possible to have an ICON on the home screen that starts Spotify.  That's not the same thing as a widget that has player controls (skip, back, repeat, etc). When you're driving in a vehicle without "integrated" bluetooth controls (e.g. in the steering wheel, or Android auto), having to "drag down from the top to reach the player controls" is inconvenient at best, dangerous at worst. 

 

Yes, there are 3rd party apps which provide widgets for spotify.  Many/most cost additional $$ and when I'm already paying for a subscription I shouldn't have to pay more to get a basic feature that other music players already have.  Not to mention the potential security issues of a 3rd party app.

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