“Anything for you,” Spotify responded.

Adele’s announcement was met by cheers by some on social media and scorn by others, who thought the singer had convinced Spotify to take away the shuffle option forever. That’s not true, though: You can still shuffle albums.

A quick review by Gizmodo of other artists’ albums (Ed Sheeran, BTS, Blackpink, Taylor Swift) on the platform also found that the shuffle option was gone and that albums were played in order by default. But we were still able to activate the shuffle option if we wanted to in the Spotify player while playing an individual song from an album.

Gizmodo reached out to Spotify on Sunday to ask for comment on the removal of shuffle as the default for albums, but we did not receive a response by the time of publication.


In a statement to Variety, Spotify said that it was excited to roll out a “new premium feature” (because apparently the ability not to shuffle is a feature?) that has long been requested by users and artists.

“For those users still wishing to shuffle an album, they can go to the Now Playing View and select the ‘shuffle’ toggle. As always, we will continue to iterate our products and features to create the best experiences for both artists and their fans.”