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Hey, listeners. This is Brett Molina. Welcome back to Talking Tech. More news from Spotify. As you may recall, we told you a couple of days ago about the update from Spotify, which allows you to review the lyrics of the songs while you’re on the app. I got a chance to use it briefly for the weekend. This is delightful. It’s too late. This makes it very easy to find lyrics on songs. Now we have another update from Spotify. This time around, Spotify has confirmed that it has rolled out an update for its premium users, which removes the shuffle option by default when you play an album. How did we get to this point? It is related to pop singer Adele. We will tell you about this in a second. But first, let’s get to the feature. Previously, when you pulled any album on Spotify, you would see a shuffle icon next to the green play button.
So what this means is that when you find an album you like on Spotify, you press Play, and it automatically plays songs at random instead of playing the album at the beginning. So if you have a favorite album and enjoy starting and finishing it as intended to play it, you wouldn’t have got it on Spotify at the beginning. It just picks a random song on the album and then jumps. Now when you go to play an album, you’ll notice that it’s just a green play button and you don’t see the shuffle option anymore. That shuffle option still exists in playlists. If you have playlists and you still want the Shuffle option, it will automatically shuffle when you press Play. In an emailed statement to Spotify, “You can now choose to shuffle the album by going to Playing View and Shuffle Toggle. You can still choose.”
So it’s still available. The big difference is that it is now automated. It starts to expire against randomly selected songs. The change was made in response to Adele’s request to release her fourth album, 30. From the news, he wrote on Twitter, “This is the only request I have in our ever-changing industry. We don’t do albums with great care and think about listening to our track for no reason. Our art tells a story and we want our stories to be heard. Thanks, Spotify, For listening. ” So I personally like it. I have several albums and I’m sure others will do as personal favorites. And you may remember hearing them from beginning to end. It’s sometimes awkward when I’m jumping on albums that I remember from my youth and it randomly starts playing the middle song and I feel like “It’s okay”. And you want to go back and start it and start at the top of the album.
I think this is a really cool change. I think it’s certainly nice to hear Adele. And of course, for Spotify, it gives them more benefit. He’s one of the biggest artists out there. And that is to make sure that she’s available for her album, but that goes a long way for other artists too. And I think it’s great for improving the listening experience, even for listeners. But you still have the option, if you want to shuffle through albums and you want it, you still have that option. So good on Spotify for giving people and artists choice in this regard. Listeners, let’s hear from you. Do you have any comments, questions or thoughts? What are your thoughts on this update? Do you like me Don’t you like it? Tell me about it on Twitter. I am @ BrettMolina23. Please don’t forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review if you get your podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher. You’re listening to Talking Tech. We’ll be back tomorrow with another quick hit in the tech world.