December 14, 2020

Spotify's Worst Feature

In its iPhone app, Spotify teaches you that swiping right on a song will queue that song. Queuing is great because it doesn't interrupt the song that's currently playing, or other songs you have queued.

However, on the search results screen, you can't swipe right on songs. So imagine you are in the car, looking at your song, displayed basically the same as it's displayed on the album screen, where you can swipe right, but you cannot swipe right.

Worse, if you try to swipe right it will immediately play the song, interrupting your current song and queue. This has bitten me many times in the car, where carefully queued songs are hard-interrupted to play a song I meant to queue. It's jarring and annoying for driver and passengers alike.

See a demo of this behavior in this video: