Spotify completely separates its play and shuffle buttons, but only for Premium subscribers. Today, the company announced that it is starting to roll out individual buttons for both functions, which will replace the combined play/shuffle button that currently sits at the top of playlists and artist pages. The change is expected to hit Android and iOS devices “in the coming weeks.”
“This new change will allow you to choose your preferred mode at the top of playlists and albums and listen the way you want,” Spotify wrote on its blog. “Whether you love the joy of the unexpected with Shuffle Mode, or prefer listening to tracks in order with just a press of play, Spotify has you covered.”
Spotify’s penchant for shuffling tracks has sometimes drawn frustration from artists who want their albums heard in the original broadcast order. “We don’t create albums with such care and thought on our tracklist for no reason,” Adele tweeted last year. This led Spotify to show the standard play button on album pages by default instead of the play/shuffle combo. Now, Spotify Premium customers will see individual buttons in the app. “From the moment you press Play on Spotify, you decide how you want to hear your favorite playlists or that new album you’re obsessed with,” the company wrote.
It seems a little silly that Spotify is now using buttons and its user interface as a differentiator between the service’s free and paid offerings, but here we are. Unfortunately, you still won’t be able to play or shuffle the Spotify HiFi tracks. It’s been nearly 18 months since Spotify announced its tier of lossless quality streaming, and the company has yet to roll it out to subscribers. And no, I will never stop talking about it.