Spotify is certainly a pioneer in the streaming music environment and it provides a great service. That said, the Spotify shuffle algorithim could definitely use attention, especially as it is soon to be competing with Apple's streaming music service.
I used Apple's iTunes for years without thinking about the shuffle feature because it worked well. I have been a Spotify user for years and the Spotify shuffle feature has been problematic from the start: – artists are played back to back – many songs are never played, and – some songs replayed frequently.
As Spotify's service stands out from Pandora because it allows users to listen to playlists and not only radio, shuffle is a particularly important feature.
On additional note, the filter function for Artist and Album pages would be great to see again. I was glad to see it return to playlist pages.
Keep up the good work, Spotify. Hope you can give the shuffle algorithim attention as soon as possible.
if the quality of the Apple music service is good enough, I will switch to it. Nothing worse for me than when I am at the gym or on a long run to have to play with music becuase it is not playing in random order. I don't understand why spotify seems to do absolutley zero for this. They are litrerlally going to lose me as a paying subscriber because they cannot seem to implement a simple shuffle play that actually randomises the order in whcih the tracks are played.
A little fristrating as my speaker has built in spotify support, but i have a sare IPAD that I can use with all notifications switched off, so as long as the streaming quality is good, looks like it will be my new solution (likely to go for family pack as there are two of us, so 2 subscriptions lost).
Yes, the thing is, Spotify doesn't offer "random" playback, it has "shuffle".
I do not think any of us wants random playback, per se. What the Spotify customers would really appreciate is random playback with no repeats until the entire playlist has finished; regardless of any automatic reset, by date expiry or whatever. Application updates would likely nullify such reset, which may be the catch.
I am hopeful Spotify will implement a shuffle with no repeats until playlist has finished. I, personally, am not interested in using itunes for casual music playback.
ok but certain songs play all the time while other songs you never hear. I would take random playback though. If I listen on shuffle then I dont care what songs play I just dont want shuffle to choose the same 30 songs everytime
I'm convinced Spotify Shuffle is not random for business reasons... otherwise they would just fix it. Its not that hard to program a real shuffle. It must be more ecomomical for spotify to play the songs it constantly selects.
WORKAROUND: turn off shuffle and sort your playlist by track name to nearly randomize your music yourself. Unfortunately, songs can be thematically similar in a large playlest. The other drawback is that I cant seem to hold this setting switching between devices so I always have to go back and re-sort by track name and manually pick a spot to start playing again. Does Spotify intentionally make this difficult so it can play the songs it wants to play?
I will continue to try other paid music services in search of a better one until Spotify fixes the problem.
I have a 215 song playlist that is 13 hours and 31 minutes long. I had been listening today, on shuffle play obviously, for a total of less than an hour and I heard the same song twice. That's ridiculous.
I was listening to my 215 song, 13 hour and 31 minute playlist today on shuffle. Within the first hour of listening, I heard two consecutive songs from the same artist twice in a row. The example is Song 1 from Artist A followed by Song 2 by Artist A followed by Song 3 from Artist B followed by Song 4 frome Artist B. Mind you, these aren't 2 artists that are strongly represented in my playlist. This is ridiculous. On a side note as has been repeated often, it seems that the shuffle play queues up the same 30 or so songs everytime no matter how big the playlist is. Come on guys, this is just silly