Why You Shouldn’t Mess With Adele’s Track Order On ’30’

Recording artists often take pride in their album track orders. Lou Reed even ordered his fans to listen to his opus from 1989 New York at once “as if it were a book or a movie.” But in the age of streaming (and our derivative plugged-in times), a listener is less likely to experience a full-length album the way the artist planned it.

Adele has taken an unusual step to maintain its vision. With the release of her fourth album, 30, the British singer has asked streaming giant Spotify to nix its auto-shuffle function. She hit social media on Saturday night to explain when entertainment outlet PopCrave noticed the switch.

Spotify’s social media team quickly shot back with an “everything for you”.

You may be reading this and wondering, like I initially did, “what the hell is she talking about? My Spotify isn’t forcing me to use the shuffle feature!” If so, you’re probably someone who pays a few bucks every month for Spotify Premium.People who use the free option aren’t just saddled with ads and a lower bitrate, but playing albums in shuffle mode.(The company recently started testing a middle ground subscription called Spotify Plus that doesn’t force users to shuffle.)

if rolling stone reportedIt’s unclear whether the shuffle decision is a general policy for all albums on the streaming service or limited to Adele’s LPs. Playlists can be played in any order.” On Sunday I created a new free account, linked to an old email address, and seems like auto-shuffle is disabled across the board, at least on my web player on a Mac. The album Music by Big Pink went straight from “Tears of Rage” to “To Kingdom Come” straight out of the box.


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