(Note: Using free version of Spotify mobile? Scroll to the bottom of the post.)
Sometimes, I hate shuffling songs. It happend to me when I was using iTunes on iPhone couple of years back, and drove me crazy. And it is happening to me again. This time, Spotify on iPhone. It is driving me absolutely nuts. There is something about knowing what the next song is going to be. I feel in control. Especially when you are listening to my own Playlist. Hey, I went though the trouble of creating my list, can I at least have it play in the order that I put it on the list?
And there it is. Clearly an UI issue. I am not the only one. It only happens on Spotify on iPhone, not the PC version. Don’t get me wrong, I love Spotify.
Problem is lack of shuffle mode display. Once you are in your playlist, and click on “Shuffle Play” button, which is in the center of the screen, you are in shuffle mode. Clicking on the song name does nothing. You are doomed. There is nothing you can do from that screen. You will not know what the next song is going to be. So the “Shuffle Play” button only enables the shuffle mode, but does not disable the shuffle mode.
Here is what you do to fix it. You can either click on tiny “Now Playing” button on right top corner, or click on a song name to start playing a song. Then, from *that* screen, tap on the album cover. You will see something like this:
Figure 1: See the green twisted arrows? You are in "Shuffle Songs" mode.
Figure 2: No longer shuffling songs!
See the “Shuffle” on the left bottom? If that is green, that means you are in shuffle mode. So click on it and make it gray/balck-white-gradient and you are no longer in the shuffle mode. That is it. Actually very similar to the iPhone “Music” app problem.
[UPDATE Dec 15, 2013] This post was written two years ago, when spotify was only available to premium subscribers. Now that they have opened the mobile app up for free users, it is little different.
Here is the snip from AP report (emphasis added):
Music service Spotify has launched a new free streaming service for mobile devices.
The Swedish-based company announced Wednesday that it will allow users to stream playlists for free as long as the songs are shuffled randomly. It’s a step closer to picking songs and albums on demand, a feature Spotify continues to reserve for premium members who pay $10 a month.
Users can play an artist’s entire catalog or their own playlists in shuffle mode. Free users won’t be able to shuffle play a single album without hearing other songs mixed in. Playlists that have too few songs will also have other songs mixed in. The free service launched Wednesday and includes ads.
So, if you are using free version, the answer is that you can not turn off shuffle unless you subscribe. Hope this clears some of the answers in the comments below.