Because Adele Said So, Spotify’s Play Button has Stopped Shuffled
A BBC report claims that Spotify has complied with Adele’s request to stop shuffle albums. A small shuffle icon used to be embedded within the larger “Play” button on Spotify, but this has now been removed. As a result, Spotify would begin playing the album’s songs in random order, which isn’t always what users expect (or want) it to do.
It’s now possible to play a song by pressing “Play” while in Album View, as long as you have a Premium subscription. It’s still possible to switch to shuffle mode by clicking the “Shuffle” icon while listening to a single track.
This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry! We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you Spotify for listening 🍷♥️ https://t.co/XWlykhqxAy
— Adele (@Adele) November 21, 2021
The singer-songwriter has reportedly requested that Spotify alter this setting, arguing that albums should be heard in the order in which they are released. To thank Spotify for the change, she tweeted: “Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. To thank Spotify for the change, she tweeted: ” “Spotify, thank you for tuning in.” As a follow-up to Adele’s tweet stating, “Anything for you,” Spotify said, “Always for you.”
A Spotify spokesman confirmed the new feature to The Verge, Chris Macowski, Spotify’s head of music communications. We are pleased to announce that we have started implementing a new Premium feature that has been long requested by both users and artists to make play the default button on all albums,” a spokesperson for Spotify said. You can shuffle an album in the Now Playing View by selecting the shuffle toggle in the menu.
It’s no accident that the shift occurs just days after Adele’s new album, 30, was released and immediately went viral. Spotify’s record for most global listens in a single day has been surpassed by one song, Easy on Me, by the K-pop group BTS.