Adele pushes Spotify to turn off default shuffle albums


Spotify has decided to set aside “random” listening by removing the “shuffle” button from an album sheet, in order to favor the order of the tracks. A slight change which follows the request of the famous singer Adèle.

Artists sometimes have the power to change a feature of a platform used by millions of users. This is the case of the singer Adele who has just pushed Spotify to make the random playback mode less accessible. On the occasion of the release of his album 30, the English singer-songwriter had a request and a message for the Swedish music streaming platform. She wanted to see disappear the button “shuffle” albums, as she explained on social networks.

“It was the only request I had for our ever-changing industry! We don’t create albums with such care and thoughtfulness in the tracklist for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be heard as we intended ”, explains Adele. She thanks Spotify for hearing her request. The service was quick to respond to the singer who is a hit, in particular, on Spotify. “We would do anything for you”, said the platform, still on Twitter.

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 🍷 ♥ ️

– Adele (@Adele) November 21, 2021

What does this change for users? Not much

From now on, Premium subscribers can therefore notice a slight change in the interface of the platform. The famous “shuffle” button is no longer present at the top of an album’s tracks: the tracks in the order in which they appear are played by default. A minor change that would probably have gone unnoticed without the intervention of the British singer. This is because users who use the free version of Spotify are not affected by this change in the app, but they can listen to the album in order from a computer.

It is still possible to listen to “random” albums on Spotify. © Screenshot / Spotify

It should also be noted that “shuffle play” has not been removed. The option has simply been moved lower. It is therefore always possible to activate this mode. Users should therefore not be too disturbed by this change, which above all allows Spotify to highlight its platform, by evoking a “New Premium service”, and Adele to promote her new album, as she sees fit.

Small change, big consequence?

Without speaking about a major change on the side of Spotify, the request of the singer testifies especially to the evolution of this sector. Historically, the linear experience has been touted as the most natural approach to listening to music from a turntable, record player, or CD player. Dematerialized music has shaken up the codes, to the chagrin of certain artists like Adele who therefore prefers to return to a more classical listening. The real change concerning Spotify could come from the formalization of the firm’s HiFi project. The latter was confirmed at the beginning of the year and has already been seen in the application, without however being accessible to users for the time being.

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