Spotify is bringing the most basic functionality to its Android and iOS apps – the ability to play and shuffle tracks separately in a playlist or album. The music-streaming giant today announced that it will roll out separate buttons for its Android and iOS apps in the coming weeks that will give users more control over how they want to play music in the app.
This new change will allow you to choose the mode of your choice at the top of playlists and albums and listen the way you want. Whether you love the unexpected joy with Shuffle Mode, or just like listening to tunes by pressing Play Let’s do it, Spotify has you covered,” Spotify wrote in a blog post announcing the change.
It’s worth noting that as of now, tapping the Play button in Playlists and Albums also enables Shuffle Mode, which in turn changes the original order in which tracks should be played. To play tracks in the order listed, users need to tap on individual songs. But the latest update from Spotify has changed that.
Now, Spotify users will be able to tap on the Play button in Playlists and Albums to play tracks in the order listed. To shuffle songs, they have to separately tap on the shuffle button that appears right next to the play button.
But there is a catch.
Not everyone will have access to these basic features or buttons in this case. Spotify has said in its blog post that separate Play and Shuffle buttons will be available only to Spotify Premium users. “So to make that choice even clearer and simpler, we are improving the listener experience and separating the Shuffle and Play buttons for Spotify Premium users,” the company added in the blog post. This means that Spotify users who are using the free tier of the music-streaming platform will have to switch to its premium service to get the facility to play songs in albums and playlists in the order listed.
Interestingly, Spotify’s lack of separate Play and Shuffle buttons has upset not only users but artists as well. “We don’t make albums with so much care and consideration on our track list for no reason,” Adele tweeted last year. Following this tweet, the company began displaying the standard Play button by default on album pages instead of the Play/Shuffle combination. Now, it is rolling out this functionality as a default option for at least some users.
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