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Introducing Smart Shuffle!

Introducing Smart Shuffle!

Introducing Smart Shuffle! 


We know that our users love creating their own playlists to capture key moments in time – in fact, playlists created by users often become their most-streamed playlist for the first several months but listening to these playlists slowly fades overtime, and users are eager to discover new music.


With this in mind, we’re excited to launch a new play mode called Smart Shuffle that keeps listening sessions fresh and provides personalized recommendations that perfectly match any listeners’ playlist vibe. 


This update will roll out to Premium users on mobile devices starting today.


How does Smart Shuffle work?

  • You can use it in any playlist created by you, and your Liked Songs.
  • To activate it, just use the Shuffle button to switch between regular play, Shuffle mode and Smart Shuffle.
  • When Smart Shuffle is on, recommendations are added to your session automatically. You can find all the recommendations sitting in your queue.
  • You will be able to recognize the music we are recommending with the sparkle () symbol next to the track. For a playlist with more than 15 songs, we’ll recommend one song for every three tracks.
  • And the best part, your original playlist remains untouched, so you can add any new track that catches your ear.
  • If you like a specific recommendation, just save it using the plus button in the Now Playing View. If that song doesn’t hit right, just tap the minus to remove it from the recommendations. This is then used to better adjust the suggestions we put forward.
  • Every time you turn Smart Shuffle off, a new mix will be available every time you activate it again.



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Adding and removing recommendations.







What about the Enhance feature?

For now, Smart Shuffle will replace the Enhance feature.


What will happen to Discover Weekly and other regularly updated playlists?

For the time being, no changes to those will be made. Smart Shuffle aims to improve the listening experience for user curated playlists.


Does this mean that using Smart Shuffle will cause my carefully curated playlists to get cluttered with new recommendations?

No! Your original playlist remains untouched, so you can add any new track that catches your ear. Smart Shuffle won’t change your playlist without your explicit permission. What changes instead is what you'll hear during each specific listening session



We hope you're as excited as we are about this new play mode. The official Newsroom announcement is out, you can check that out too. For any and all feedback on the matter you may have, you're more than welcome to comment in the thread below.

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I've had the new Smart Shuffle in my mobile app for a while now.


I would prefer if the feature was reverted back to the Enhance button. The new "Smart Shuffle" mode has made the app much harder to use for me.


It is really annoying now that when I want to go to a playlist and turn shuffle mode ON and then later turn shuffle mode OFF, I have to wait for "Smart Shuffle" to load first with the spinning icon which can take up 2-3 seconds before I can THEN turn OFF the shuffle mode completely. This is really annoying. It also affects the shuffle button on the Now Playing View. At first it feels as if the shuffle button is lagging and taking a while to respond to your tap due to the loading icon. It's just not easy to turn off when I want shuffle mode completely off.


Enhanced being a separate button was easy to understand and turn on/off. With it now being lumped into the Shuffle button, it will be much harder for users to use. Shuffle and Repeat mode buttons are standard controls of almost all music players. By changing the way the Shuffle button performs will be a huge learning curve. I can just imagine having a hard time explaining this to people I know who use Spotify especially those that are older.


Every music app has a shuffle button. Spotify is the only music app (that I'm aware of) that has made Shuffle harder to use by making it have 2 different modes. To turn shuffle off, you first have to turn Smart Shuffle on, which takes 2-3 seconds to load with the spinning loading icon, then you can finally turn it off.


Also, free users upgrade to Premium to get away from Shuffle Play mode where suggested songs randomly gets throw in. A lot of free users will upgrade, and complain that even though they are paying they still have the free Shuffle Play mode, and not know they have Smart Shuffle mode turned on since suggestions are being thrown into the playlist. The Enhance button just made more sense and was probably easier for new Premium users to understand.


Spotify should take into account how changing a standard music player function will affect older people and those that aren't as tech savvy.


Overall, I honestly think this is a terrible change.

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  • To activate it, just use the Shuffle button to switch between regular play, Shuffle mode and Smart Shuffle.

I find this really, really frustrating. I like having two options, alphabetical (regular play) and random (shuffle), because when I find a good song, like "She Falls Asleep, Part 1" I like turning off shuffle to listen to "She Falls Asleep, Part 2" but for some reason this Smart Shuffle takes me off of the alphabetical order when I come back to regular play and it takes me to some weird order I still don't understand but it's not shuffle. I've tried to disable it but there is no way I was able to find. 

There needs to be a way to disable this system wide.  Adding a button press that lags to turn off regular shuffle is an unacceptable design choice.  

Smart shuffle as a whole isn't bad but the forced integration with regular playback is idiotic.

I was trying to download a playlist, and i pressed something and all of my enhanced songs in my playlist/the button dissapeared

I'm in the same boat. It's extremely annoying 😕

Hey there, welcome to the Spotify Community!


This might be related to a recent change Spotify made. Check out the smart shuffle which has replaced enhanced here.


Let me know if you need anything else.

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Where can we give feedback on this because I'm disliking smart shuffle. The enhance button was good because you could add songs to a list in an order you like but smart shuffle will only add songs AND shuffle. I can't separate the two actions. 

I just get so confused by the decision makers at Spotify. I use the app for hours every day so I'm not just complaining for no reason.


In the case of smart shuffle why not just leave the enhance feature so we can curate playlists easily without waiting for new songs to pop up in the queue? Are you not learning from the past? Remember when the 'Radio' feature would not reveal all the songs at first and it was widely panned?


People don't want surprises in a random shuffle of their playlists. Give us the power to curate; you just make educated suggestions and get the heck out of the way.


This new smart shuffle thing makes life so much harder for people who want to have a smooth listening experience.

Is there a way to completely disable smart shuffle? I like to be able to shuffle songs in playlist that I've already made without all the hassle that comes with smart shuffle. It's already ruining my listening experience....

I like smart shuffle, but I'd love if enhanced playlists were still an option for those playlists that you want to listen in the order they are in. 

The idea of Smart Shuffle is ok, i'm not entirely against it but if I have to choose one, the 'Enhance' button was far better. If we can manage to keep both, it would be nice.

Enhance is/was superior. There’s no reason to just suddenly remove it after implementing it across the mobile and desktop apps. It’s way too late to go back to Smart Shuffle now; this decision is baffling.


  • Enhance had its own button, which was more clear and easier to toggle than having to repeatedly press the Shuffle button
  • It provided visible, immediate song suggestions instead of hiding them in the queue
  • It kept the Shuffle button simple for those who don’t want the smart feature; now disabling shuffle mode takes extra tapping (and often a loading animation while Smart Shuffle loads before you can disable it)

Now we have an even more fragmented experience between desktop and mobile, in addition to the “+” disaster.

Do the dev teams at Spotify even meet with each other? Why implement a feature across all platforms after A/B testing just to change your minds months later, leaving the inter-platform UX in a nonsensical limbo? What the F are you guys doing?


I completely hate smart shuffle, it slows down my switching from shuffle to non shuffle. Please bring back the enhanced playlist feature or atleast make the smart shuffle feature optional in the settings.

Utterly useless change. Adding lag to shuffle and hiding new songs in the queue. Removing enhance for this is completely insane.

Even though I don't hate the smart shuffle, I think that removing the enchance button was a regression. You have much more control about your playlist, especially when you try to create a new playlist. 
I think that these two feature can coexist rather than remove or keep the other.

I am a half an hour away from canceling my Spotify subscription and going with Pandora or something else because of this stupid, smart shuffle… Somebody better fix it by the end of next week or I’m done with Spotify ….done!

Spotify removed this function on Android ! 😉

"Enhance" was so much better.

I recommend Deezer. I like the interface a lot, has better recommendations, and NO smart shuffle. Plus you get HiFi (note it's not Hi-res) for a couple of dollars more. 


I'm only keeping Spotify for the family plan and better integration with some appliances like the car player and Echo devices 

no it didn’t- I am on an Android and it’s there….I also have an Apple phone and it works worse on the Apple. It is on both devices and I hate it.

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