Spotify stops shuffling album tracks by default after Adele requests the change
Shuffle is hidden but not goneBy Rob Thubron 45 comments
What just happened? Have you noticed that Spotify no longer shuffles albums by default anymore? If, for some reason, this is an annoyance, blame Adele. The singer apparently requested that the platform play an album's tracks in the order artists intended, and Spotify has complied.
As reported by the BBC, Adele appears to have made the request directly to Spotify, with the change taking place following the release of the Grammy-winning singer's album '30.' She explained her reasoning in a tweet that read: "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."
Spotify replied to Adele's tweet with the message "Anything for you."
Anything for you 🙏✨--- Spotify (@Spotify) November 21, 2021
The Shuffle Toggle button, which looks like two arrows crossing each other, has now been removed from an album's page, meaning that tracks will complete in order when hitting Play. Users can, however, still shuffle tracks by going to the Now Playing View and selecting the Shuffle Toggle from there.
"As Adele mentioned, we are excited to share that we have begun rolling out a new Premium feature that has been long requested by both users and artists to make play the default button on all albums," Chris Macowski, the head of music communications at Spotify, confirmed to The Verge.
Adele's first album in six years saw 60.7 million streams globally on the first day it was available, with the song Easy on Me now holding the Spotify record for most listens in a single day.
This is the second significant change Spotify has undergone recently. The company finally rolled out its live lyrics feature globally last week, allowing users to see a track's words scroll across the screen in real-time as it plays. Spotify will be discontinuing the "Behind the Lyrics" feature as a result of Live Lyrics' introduction.