Spotify to reserve separate Play and Shuffle buttons for paying subscribers

Spotify recently announced that it is finally introducing separate play and shuffle buttons to address many complaints brought forth by users and even artists. However, there is a catch, the separate buttons are exclusively reserved for Premium subscribers.

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Spotify wants users to pay for its latest feature

The current button available on Spotify’s interface combines play and shuffle. The button is not even consistent across the Swedish giant’s own apps. On mobile, playlists have a combined button and on desktop, the button is just a regular Play button, further increasing the confusion.

However, Spotify Premium subscribers on iOS and Android no longer have to worry about the combined Play and Shuffle button as the company has just announced that it is adding separate buttons to its interface over the coming weeks.

This new change will allow you to choose the mode you prefer at the top of playlists and albums and listen the way you want to. Whether you love the joy of the unexpected with Shuffle mode, or prefer listening to tunes in order by simply pressing Play, Spotify has you covered.

Not only has Spotify received criticism from its users for its combined Play and Shuffle button, but from artists as well. Following the release of her album “30,” Adele famously called out the company saying “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.”

Despite the confusing combined play and shuffle button serving as a hindrance to all users, it’s odd that the Swedish giant is reserving the fix for paying customers. Other music streaming services like Apple Music and Amazon Music already include separate Play and Shuffle buttons. So, not only is Spotify late to the game, but it will continue to infuriate users with its interface.

Nevertheless, the company is rolling the update out for iOS and Android devices, worldwide, over the coming weeks.

In related news, Spotify recently announced a new personalized playlist called Friends Mix. This new personalized playlist, which is an extension of its Blend feature, is aimed at helping users discover new and familiar tracks based on what their friends are listening to, allowing close friends to enjoy tracks together.

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