Adele gets Spotify to remove shuffle as default option for playing albums

November 24th, 2021

It’s great to switch things up and put your playlists on shuffle, but when it comes to playing an entire album it’s a different story. To each their own, of course — if you really want to shuffle everything then that’s not really a bad thing, but some artists put a lot of work into their albums, from the songs themselves right down to the order in which they play. 

This is a concern that Adele brought up when she released her new album 30. The 33-year-old singer tweeted on Saturday that playing her new album’s songs in the order she intended was “the only request [she] had in our ever changing industry.” 

And it looks like Spotify heard the singer, because after her request, the music streaming platform made a change to one of its features — the option to play album tracks on shuffle has been removed on all album pages, so listeners would have to listen to the album tracks in the order that the artists arranged them in. Spotify also dropped a reply on Adele’s tweet: “Anything for you.”

A lot of listeners immediately noticed the change on album pages, and fans of the singer took to Twitter to express their awe at the power move. Some also thanked her for convincing Spotify to get rid of the default shuffling option for playing albums because they recognize that many artists put effort not only in writing their songs, but also in the order they’re played. 

For those who still want to shuffle album tracks, you can still do that. Spotify only removed shuffle as the default option for playing album tracks. When you click or tap to view one of the tracks, you can still turn on the shuffle option. 

Thanks to Adele, listeners can automatically play album tracks in the order the artists intended. What a queen!

 

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