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

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It’s 2022, adding the most basic features to its iOS and Android apps: dedicated play and shuffle buttons on playlists and album pages. Until now, tapping the button on most playlists started playback with shuffle mode enabled. To play songs in order, you need to tap an individual song.

The split play and shuffle buttons are only available to Spotify Premium subscribers. While it may seem odd at first glance to only allow paying members access to the individual icons, it makes sense. Furthermore, free users can only use Spotify on mobile (this does not apply to the desktop or tablet app). In the coming weeks, Spotify roll out the individual play and shuffle buttonswhich really should have been baked into the app from the jump.

Last year, Adele pressured the streaming platform to remove the shuffle button from albums. She argued that albums should be listened to in order, as artists intended. It seems Spotify agreed, as it did for albums – although it does bring the shuffle button back to those pages with the latest update.

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