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Spotify removes shuffle option from albums

The move comes after Adele asked the platform to remove the function on her album '30'

  • Aneesa Ahmed
  • 22 November 2021
Spotify removes shuffle option from albums

Spotify has removed the shuffle button as the default option when listening to albums.

The shuffle option has been removed from the artist's album page for Premium members, however, songs can still be shuffled optionally when viewing individual tracks.

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Chris Macowski, the head of music communications at Spotify, confirmed the presence of the new feature to The Verge. “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

“For those users still wishing to shuffle an album, they can go to the Now Playing View and select the shuffle toggle.”

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This has come after a call from singer Adele requested the change to be made because she believes that as musicians spend a long time curating the tracklist and order of songs in their albums, it should be listened to in that order.

Adele has recently released her fourth studio album, '30'. Her previous studio album '25', released in November 2015, was not available on any streaming platforms until a year after its release.

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In 2016 it became available on platforms such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Adele tweeted: "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".

In response to Adele Spotify said: "Anything for you" with a hands emoji and a sparkles emoji.

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Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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