The new library sorting system is unusable for heavy podcast listeners; I listen to daily podcasts and there is currently no way for me to find which episodes have been released today. With the volume of podcasts in my feed, it's unlikely I'll sort through each podcast separately to listen to the new episode on each. The episodes list view is sorely missed!
I'm not sure how I got tagged in this discussion. My Gmail exploded with notices of new comments. My Spotify app was updated yesterday, but the Library tab is no different than it was the day before that. I'm un-subscribing from this thread.
Below, I've put together some of my previously posted info on how the sort and filter options work. Hope this helps!
At the top, tap the filters to filter the content you want to see. Tap the X and then chose another filter to see another type of content. Having no filter selected will show all types of content in the list.
At the top, tap on the sort options to change the sort order of the list.
With the recent update you can now sort playlists view by custom order.
March 1, 2021 (app version 8.6.6):
You can now sort the playlists view by custom order. First tap on the playlists filter and then tap on the sort options and change it to "custom order".
How do I sort my playlists by custom order?
To sort your playlists by custom order, first tap on the playlists filter and then tap on the sort options and change it to "custom order". See the updates section above for a screenshot.
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Like others above, I appreciate the practicality of a unified library. In particular, the single search that gathers results from my entire library is pretty convenient (particularly if I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for, but I know it's in my library). However, the whole design creates the frustrating issue that it now takes 1-3 extra taps than the previous design to achieve basically any result. I think sticky filters would be the simplest solution. The ability to curate the first screen that the user sees upon entering "Your Library" would solve many of the complaints I've read on this thread. For example, I (like others) have spent many hours building and organizing my playlists to be in a convenient/efficient order for me. So, when I go to my library, I want to see my playlists in my custom order first (by the way, thank you for listening to the feedback and responding with the "Custom Order" filter). But I also understand that others may want to see their podcasts first; others may like the unified library menu first! Introducing sticky filters (key: that remain sticky after closing and reopening the app) would allow each user to organize the menu as they prefer and better integrate customization, which is always good for UX.
Further, I have noticed that applying the "Sort By" filters to artists, albums, podcasts, downloads, or the main library changes the sort order of all the others as well (though the playlists sort order is independent of the rest). I would like to see the sort by filters all separated from one another.
Thanks for your hard work to enhance the user experience and for reading my very long-winded feedback!
as a regular podcast listener, the new version is missing some important features. - section for new podcast episodes can't be found on my end yet - important would be the "sort option": recently updated - I miss a list of started podcast episodes
- some episodes i want to mark as "listened", because I'm not interested
Thanks for the information, although that's really bad news (and that help article says all of nothing). This set up just really doesn't work for the way I like to use Spotify. I hate it. For now I just log out and back in several times a day. I'm crossing my fingers that the test feedback will stop the update from happening but I am not optimistic about that. I've turned off automatic updates but that hasn't stopped it from switching over to the new interface. I'm thankful I can switch back for now.
If we're stuck with this no matter what, I'd say the downloaded list should be downloaded episodes, not podcasts from which I've downloaded. And I'll agree with the post above about choosing where you land on the your library page. Because I don't ever want a list of podcasts and playlists together (I also don't ever use liked songs or artists, and only occasionally albums). So the way it is they've just added annoying extra clicks to get to anything I'd want to see.
Do you have any idea about how long the test will last or when/if a permanent change will happen for everyone?