Spotify Removes Shuffle Option from Album Pages, As Per Adele's Request
Spotify users, if you haven't noticed it yet, Spotify has removed the shuffle button from all album pages. Apparently, the feature was removed after singer/songwriter Adele pressed the company to make the change in sync with the launch of her latest album, 30. "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," the singer explained on Twitter.
It's undoubted that some albums are meant to be played in the tracklist order as the album could be telling a story or a message that's meant to be told in its way, including 30. However, the action also raised some concerns about removing a feature to please an artist since this means users can't control the order of the music they want to listen to or if they want to randomly play the songs.
For those who still like some random music, you can still shuffle an album using the controls for individual songs. With that said, you'll have to play a track in an album first before you can click the random shuffle button. Nevertheless, 30's lead single "Easy On Me" broke a single-day Spotify streaming record that was previously held by BTS.