Spotify’s latest fancy feature for Premium users is a play button

It’s 2022 and it adds the most basic features to its iOS and Android apps: dedicated play and shuffle buttons on playlists and album pages. Previously, tapping the button in most playlists would start playback with shuffle mode enabled. To play tracks in order, you need to tap on an individual song.

The Split Play and Shuffle buttons are only available to Spotify Premium subscribers. At first glance, it might seem strange to only give paid members access to each icon, but it makes sense. Additionally, free users can only use Spotify on mobile devices (this does not apply to the desktop or tablet app). In the coming weeks, Spotify will roll out the separate play and shuffle buttons that were supposed to be baked into the app from the start.

Last year, Adele pressured the streaming platform to remove the shuffle button from albums. She argued that albums should be listened to in the order the artists intended. It seems Spotify has agreed as it applies to albums – although it’s bringing the shuffle button back to these pages with the latest update.

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