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Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

PlayPauseNext
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Plan

Premium

Country

USA

Device

iPhone 7

Operating System

iOS 13

 

My Question or Issue

When I play podcasts, I usually want to play the latest episode first and want Spotify to autoplay the second-latest episode automatically. After googling for this, the suggested solution is to change the sort order for that podcast to "Newest to Oldest". My sort order is already this. Also, changing to a different sort order does not affect the play order. Spotify still plays the older episodes first and then the newer episodes.

 

How do I fix this?

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Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

Elena
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Hey there @PlayPauseNext!

 

Thanks for reaching out to us about this.

 

Just to double check, when you change the order of the podcast you see the episodes change place but it still plays in the wrong order or nothing changes at all?

 

Could you send us screenshots of your Sort settings and how the podcast looks like from your end?

 

We'd also recommend logging out > restarting the app > logging back in to see if that makes any difference for you.

 

We'll be on the lookout for your reply.

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Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

PlayPauseNext
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The sort order works correctly - the displayed list will be latest first if the ordering is "Newest to Oldest" and vice versa.

 

I tried logging out and logging back in and that did not fix the problem.

 

Another way to reproduce the issue - with the sort order set to "Newest to Oldest", scroll to the second episode in the list, play that. Then in the play bar at the bottom of the screen, swipe left (like playing the next song). This will play the newer episode instead of playing the older episode. In the sorted list, the 'next' episode is actually the older episode.

Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

Peter
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Hey @PlayPauseNext,

 

Thanks for getting back to us and for confirming that.

 

Could you let us know whether you're trying to sort the podcasts in a specific show from Your Library > Podcasts > Shows or in a different context menu?

 

If you could also send us a few screenshots of how this looks on your end, that would help us get an idea of what exactly might be happening on your end.

 

Thanks - keep us posted!

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Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

PlayPauseNext
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I've added and described screenshots below.

 

Below: The podcast I'm looking at. I got to this through Search and looking at the podcast charts. This is not through my library. Any podcast through Search will work.

 

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Below: This is the sort order setting (Newest to Oldest).

    

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Below: As you can see, the episode released Today is first and the one released Yesterday is second. This is as expected. Also note that the episode being currently played is the one released Yesterday.

 

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Below: I swipe left to start playing the next episode. This plays Today's episode instead of day before yesterday's episode. Observe how the selection changes between 3 and 4. If I change the sort order to sort Oldest to Newest, the episode played next will still be the newer episode.

 

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My main question is this: If I'm playing yesterday's episode, how do I get it to auto-play day before yesterday's episode? Currently spotify always defaults to playing today's episode as the next spisode.

Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

Jtrawick
Visitor

Any answer to this question?? I’m having this same problem. I’ve tried everything above and more. This is occurring on at least 4 devices for me. I’m assuming it has to be a bug, so can we please get this patched?

Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

phlowen
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Similar issue: all the spotify embeded players I have on various websites just started defaulting to playing the OLDEST episodes rather than the NEWEST. 

VERY FRUSTRATING.

Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

26_gsg7-j4n93
Newbie

Can confirm this.  Also, this is not a recent bug. I have been annoyed by this for over a year. Tried different accounts and different devices. JFYI, Apple Podcasts does not have this issue and plays according to the sort order. There, if you sort newest to oldest and start playing from the top (newest), the next track will be the penultimate one. If you sort from oldest to newest and start playing form the top (oldest), the next one will be the one released next. 

With Spotify, no matter the sort order, it will always play from oldest to newest. So, if you have sorted from newest to oldest and start playing the top track, when it plays to the end, nothing will be played at all! With the same order, if you start playing the penultimate episode (second from the top), the next one will be the very newest episode. This does not make any sense, as I expect the play order be according to the sorting: from top to bottom. 

Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

Ver
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Hey everyone,

 

Thanks for reaching out to us 🙂

 

Can you give these steps a go and run a clean reinstall? This one is more thorough than the usual one. By doing that you can make sure the app is up-to-date and the cache is not causing any issues.

 

It's also a good idea to try with another account on the same device. That way we can check if it's a device-related issue. Does the issue persist?

 

Keep us in the loop! We'll be right here if you have any questions.

 

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Re: Podcast play order cannot be changed even if the sort order is what I want

SARAFIN
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Sounds like a pain but you could always just make your own playlist adding each podcast in order that you want to listen to them . 😛
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