Music streaming service Spotify has bowed over to superstar Adele and removed random playback as the default option for music albums. “It’s not without reason that we make our albums with so much care and thought about the song order,” wrote the British artist on Twitter on Sunday, thanking the company, which is headquartered in Sweden.
Listening to songs in random order may please some listeners, but it regularly causes displeasure among musicians. “Our art tells a story and our stories should be heard as we intended. Thanks Spotify for listening,” wrote Adele, who released her long-awaited album “30” on Friday.
“As Adele mentioned, we are pleased that we have started rolling out a new premium feature that has long been requested by both users and artists,” said a Spotify spokesman. From now on, the “Play” function is the standard option for all albums. Fans of the “Shuffle” function can breathe a sigh of relief: The playback option does not disappear, it is just no longer a standard feature on Spotify.