On Saturday, Nov. 20, Adele revealed on Twitter that she requested that Spotify remove the shuffle option as the default option from her new album “30.” The singer explained that doing so would allow music platforms to respect artists’ work and intentions. Spotify’s shuffle option, the circle with intertwined arrows, was removed from all of Adele’s albums on the platform on Sunday.
“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,” the singer wrote. “Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you Spotify for listening.”
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
“Anything for you,” Spotify responded.
Some on social media applauded Adele’s announcement, while others mocked her, believing she had persuaded Spotify to permanently remove the shuffle option. That is not correct: users can still shuffle albums.
A quick review of other artists’ albums on the platform— such as BTS, Blackpink and Taylor Swift—revealed that the shuffle option had vanished and that albums were now played in order by default. However, we were still able to use the shuffle feature in the Spotify player while listening to a single song from an album.
In a statement to Variety, the company said that it was excited to roll out a “new premium feature” that has long been requested by users and artists.
“For those users still wishing to shuffle an album, they can go to the Now Playing View and select the ‘shuffle’ toggle. As always, we will continue to iterate our products and features to create the best experiences for both artists and their fans.”
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