What it's doing is shuffling the first 4 or 5 artists' tracks and not including any of the other tracks in the playlist. So I'll often get artists that begin with letters A through C shuffling, but no more. Sooooooo FRUSTRATING!
I have found a way to properly shuffle playlists on a computer app, but it's still broken on my iPhone app.
If you double-click your playlist, it will begin playing it on shuffle and will include all artists. When I view my queue, I can see the whole variety of artists A to Z. When I hit the shuffle button on my iPhone app, it still only selects a handful of artists to shuffle.
Another weird discovery: when you go back and forth between playing on different devices, it refreshes the queue with a whole new set of tracks.
My way of dealing with shuffle - use external player like Clementine:
Pros: - correctly working shuffle and order playback - you can mix spotify with other music sources
- you can set "stop after current song"
- no autoplay suggested songs bullsh-t at random - correctly play whole playlist without playing over and over the same!
Cons: - no suggested songs - so no way to easilly add more songs from suggestions - no way to manage spotify playlists (maybe different player can), you can make local playlist - no radio based on songs
I already got sick and tired of listening to the same music so my Premium was canceled, but I'm testing clementine with spotify trial run.
Mayb someone else use some different (maybe better) external player for spotifyt? (there was also spotiamp ['] )
While I'm at work, I use a wireless headset for my mobile. If I start the shuffle on my laptop, it's completely random shuffled. BUT, if I change the spotify client to my iPhone - the "not-so-random" shuffle retakes the command. Eventhough I'm skipping/jumping to next songs on my laptop, its the iPhone app that really does the shuffle. And therefore plays the same 30-40 songs. What a load of bulls***.
I learned that it takes the top 30-40 songs of the playlist, unbiased to how you sort it. So now I've sorted my playlist after songlenght, so I have some feeling of randomness.
Can't believe it's 2018 and this basic functionality does not work properly.
My solution to this random problem is listening tracks on order, sorted by track title. Every time I start listening, I select 'shuffle play this', and turn off random. So starting point is randomized by spotify, and then listening in track title order.
Sure not that random when reaching some Jean-Michel Jarre, Oxygene part 1 - Oxygene part 2 ... :-)
I have been listening this way myself for about 2 years. Spotify programmers can't take away the alphabet. So, there is always a way to shuffle with no repeats. It also works great for shuffling new material into an existing playlist, even if you are in the middle of the playlist cycle. Another advantage of alpha order by title is that it is easy to synch your listing position across devices. Since the order is always the same, you always know your listining history. Even if Spotify does fix their shuffle, I will probably continue to listen this way. The only trouple is non-premium members can not listen to a playlist in order (Can not turn off "random"), they always have to push the "Shuffle" button and are stuck with any limitations of the algorithm.
Yup, almost 4 years later and right now could tell you the exact order of songs on “shuffle” of my 200+ playlist because they are always the same. Every time. Can some one please do something about this?? Thank you