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[Desktop][Search] Bring Back Sorting in Search Results

Status: Case Closed

I was previously able to sort my search results when looking for song titles, which made it easy to find the song and version I wanted.  With one of the recent updates (not sure how recent) I've lost that ability!  I do a lot of searching and now it's a lot harder to find the specific song/version I'm looking for.  Can y'all please bring this back??

Updated on 2022-01-18

Hey! Thanks for coming to the Spotify Idea Exchange.
We've been keeping an eye on this submission for an extended period of time, and it doesn't seem this will reach the votes necessary to put it forward for prioritization.
As such, we're marking this case as closed. This includes any similar suggestions that are received.

If we do have any new information to share, rest assured we'll check back in here with a new status.

More information about it can be found here.

Thanks for your comprehension! 

Comments
jefflll

I wonder if what a previous poster wrote is true: "Unfortunately they are probably never going repair this. This missing sorting function in the desktop app is essential, but I guess they are probably getting paid by the music industry for the positions in the search results, so we have to swallow what they give us. Sadly I cannot think of any other explanation. They can't be that incompetent, can they?"

 

The ordering presented for search results by Spotify is mystifying, and appears to be focused on mega-stars. It is very frustrating not to be able to find versions of popular songs by less well-known artists. It was always mystifying why  results of a song-title search  would include listings with no match for title, artist or album above other listings with the correct song title. Then Spotify eliminated the capability to order search result by the actual song title. Like Google they appear to be trying to shove sponsored content down the throats of users, rather than providing the best search results. I do wonder on occasion if there is indifference or contempt for the user. For example, why doesn't Spotify offer any way for users to organize their playlists or favorite albums? It's seems like over the years value is taken away, while even features of obvious value are not added. For what it does, however, it does seems pretty reliable day-to-day. 

carpboy2

This is totally incorrect. There is this thread and another describing the problem.

 

The genesis of this was that on a certain update, sorting got broken. You could sort but the link you clicked (say #10 in the sorted list) corresponded to link #10 in the original unsorted list.

 

When this bug was brought to Spotify's attention their response was not to fix the bug in the sorted list but to totally remove the sorting option. Thus, a person or group for 'fixing' the bug could check the box saying this problem was resolved.

 

There is nothing nefarious here going on other that the ridiculous pathetic evaluations of Spotify management as to how to triage bugs and fix them.

Jacob
Status changed to: Closed - Not Enough Votes

Updated on 2021-03-23

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Moksha21

Hello Spotify Community!

 

The option to sort your search results (not within playlists) seems to have been a future that was implemented back in 2015. With this, one was able to click on the column header for Artist, Track, Album, Time, even Likes, to sort your search results. Sadly, it appears Spotify did away with this most BASIC of search functions for reasons I could not find in the 37-page thread when this feature was again removed back in 2019. 

 

I cannot find a single music service that does not offer this feature. It should be standard and not even classified as a feature. I have attached two screenshots; one showing the search results for the Nutcracker. As you can see, one cannot sort anything, you literally have to scroll and scroll and scroll. I have also attached Spotify's roll-out announcement of this feature back in 2015.

 

This would be an easy one to implement, Spotify! Why on Earth would you have done away with this?

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andykoul

When I search for general playlists for example "rock metal", it would be extremely useful to be able to sort out the results by duration. A playlist may vary from an hour to 100+ hours. So it would be really useful when someone searches for a general playlist to be able to sort them by length. It's very annoying to click one by one each playlist to check the duration.

Please add the sorting feature in search results. 

josh3io

Pretty convinced spotify hates their subscribers. Need this feature back. It is urgent.

Moksha21
Ya, and it’s a simple thing to implement, really. Or should I say implement, again…
Luan
Status changed to: Case Closed

Updated on 2022-01-18

Hey! Thanks for coming to the Spotify Idea Exchange.
We've been keeping an eye on this submission for an extended period of time, and it doesn't seem this will reach the votes necessary to put it forward for prioritization.
As such, we're marking this case as closed. This includes any similar suggestions that are received.

If we do have any new information to share, rest assured we'll check back in here with a new status.

More information about it can be found here.

Thanks for your comprehension! 

peddlespam

Device: x86 laptop
Device OS: Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
Spotify Version: 1.1.84.716.gc5f8b819

 

Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Device OS: Android 10
Spotify Version: 8.7.28.1217

 

Still can't sort search results.

Spotify Community can sort search results. Why can't any of the apps I pay for do the same?

Moksha21

I don’t know of a single music platform that doesn’t allow their users to sort search results either. Instead, Spotify spends time on Duos and Blends… It’s an easy implementation.