Why does shuffle not randomly shuffle songs in web browser?

  • 22 September 2017
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I cannot get my head around why a random shuffle feature would be so hard to get working. I have a playlist with 500 tracks that I would very much like to listen to on shuffle but when I shuffle and skip through the songs it picks out the same songs in a similar order every time.

The newer songs I've added are completely lost to the shuffle feature, which is a huge disappointment as shuffle works just fine on mobile. If it is specifically a problem with the browser version why does SoundCloud not have some sort of desktop application?

Here is the playlist in question, try shuffling through it and notice that all the songs shuffle picks are mostly if not all from the top half of the list. https://soundcloud.com/user-436797637/sets/tr-p

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  1. Play the first song in your playlist
  2. Go to "Next Up"
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom
  4. There's a space labeled "Autoplay Station" that says "Hear related tracks based on what's on playing now"
  5. Turn that off
  6. Press "Shuffle"
I just found this and its working fine so hopefully it works for you all

Just want to thanks you because after doing this the random is far better!
  1. Play the first song in your playlist
  2. Go to "Next Up"
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom
  4. There's a space labeled "Autoplay Station" that says "Hear related tracks based on what's on playing now"
  5. Turn that off
  6. Press "Shuffle"
I just found this and its working fine so hopefully it works for you all
this shit is actually outrageously annoying
Would you please make the shuffle function work properly and as one would expect? This is seriously annoying.
Still not working what are your devs doing?
Wow, there is no shuffle on embedded soundcloud html player! So what is the point to have a player then? I have over two and a half thousand tracks and would consider enrolling in pro to have them playing online on my website. What a thumbs down for soundcloud regarding priorities !!!
Why isnt that fixed now? Waiting way too long for this to come true. Not really a sign of competence and care if these threads seemingly are ignored without any response! At least admit that you had no time or whatever.
With all these bugs in your current player I fear you guys just have a really poor coding which makes "easy fixes" like this shuffle problem bigger than necessary...
:(

EDIT: if the day shoud ever come and this is presistently fix, let me know. i then might consider GO+



Hey all, I found away to make the shuffle button "work". Before hitting the shuffle button, go into your playlist and play the first song. Then hit the "next up" button (button farthest to the right, next to the heart)and scroll all the way down to your last song, you can then hit shuffle and blam-o all your music is shuffled. The only problem with this method is that you will always here your first song first. It can easily be remedied by moving its position in the "next up" tab, double clicking shuffle and then selecting the new 1st song in your next up tab. Not exactly an elegant solution but hey it works. I'm still having this issue so I'm assuming y'all are having it to, have fun shuffling your playlists :)So this did work, Thanks! But it's still sad how 11 months later there has been no visible progress.
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There is no really other solution. So I'm working on a script that will add a button that do all this stuff automatically for me.


>> Hi
Did you managed to develop it ?
C'mon soundcloud, no movement, acknowledgement or feedback from you regarding this issue? This should take one developer no more than a day to fix.

I legit would buy a subscription if this was fixed, it's literally the only reason I've not done so yet, everything else is great...but this poor excuse for a shuffle.
Still happening. btw why there is not a "shuffle all" button for playlists like in mobile? Always have to play the first song and then shuffle it, kind of annoying.
It's time for the soundcloud team to make an actually decent music player.
Experiencing same behaviour:

Behaviour:
Soundcloud only shuffles loaded songs from my likes.

Expected Behaviour:
Soundcloud should suffle my entire library of liked songs.

Thanks guys 🙂
so uh people have been pointing out this issue for more than a year and nothing is being done even though it seems to be an easy fix? cmon soundcloud, get yourself together

and am i wrong or was the shuffle feature working fine a couple of years ago?


at least it works on the phone tho
Hi there,

Sorry to hear this hasn't been working for you the way you'd expect. The shuffle button will only shuffle the tracks that have been loaded. I've forwarded your feedback to the relevant team.

Cheers
Mathis


even if i loads every song in a 700 song playlist into memory it’ll always shuffle the songs around the part of the screen that i’m viewing. this really needs to be fixed now, it’s truthfully been years


Hey all, I found away to make the shuffle button "work". Before hitting the shuffle button, go into your playlist and play the first song. Then hit the "next up" button (button farthest to the right, next to the heart)and scroll all the way down to your last song, you can then hit shuffle and blam-o all your music is shuffled. The only problem with this method is that you will always here your first song first. It can easily be remedied by moving its position in the "next up" tab, double clicking shuffle and then selecting the new 1st song in your next up tab. Not exactly an elegant solution but hey it works. I'm still having this issue so I'm assuming y'all are having it to, have fun shuffling your playlists :)So this did work, Thanks! But it's still sad how 11 months later there has been no visible progress.
BEST SOLUTION THUS FAR


There is no really other solution. So I'm working on a script that will add a button that do all this stuff automatically for me.

Hey all, I found away to make the shuffle button "work". Before hitting the shuffle button, go into your playlist and play the first song. Then hit the "next up" button (button farthest to the right, next to the heart)and scroll all the way down to your last song, you can then hit shuffle and blam-o all your music is shuffled. The only problem with this method is that you will always here your first song first. It can easily be remedied by moving its position in the "next up" tab, double clicking shuffle and then selecting the new 1st song in your next up tab. Not exactly an elegant solution but hey it works. I'm still having this issue so I'm assuming y'all are having it to, have fun shuffling your playlists :)So this did work, Thanks! But it's still sad how 11 months later there has been no visible progress.

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C'mon still not fixed?
lmao please fix this ahahahahahhahahahahahaha
I'm also astounded that Shuffle is so bad and obviously not really shuffling songs. They really need to fix this to remain a leader.
Hey all, I found away to make the shuffle button "work". Before hitting the shuffle button, go into your playlist and play the first song. Then hit the "next up" button (button farthest to the right, next to the heart)and scroll all the way down to your last song, you can then hit shuffle and blam-o all your music is shuffled. The only problem with this method is that you will always here your first song first. It can easily be remedied by moving its position in the "next up" tab, double clicking shuffle and then selecting the new 1st song in your next up tab. Not exactly an elegant solution but hey it works. I'm still having this issue so I'm assuming y'all are having it to, have fun shuffling your playlists :)

So this did work, Thanks! But it's still sad how 11 months later there has been no visible progress.
Please fix this, it's really bad. You might as well not offer shuffle on the web client. Just reuse the mobile implementation, which works great. People would be happy even if it didn't automatically scroll to the currently playing track. At the very least provide an update, it's been 9 months since your last communication?
Sorry to hear this hasn't been working for you the way you'd expect. The shuffle button will only shuffle the tracks that have been loaded. I've forwarded your feedback to the relevant team.

That's simply not the behavior users expect. In addition to what @RyanTheSoundGuy said, the webapp should preload tracks based on the randomly shuffled array. This is a simple fix and really does break the web listening experience for me and many other users.
@Mathis WHAT IS THE UPDATED FROM THE ENGINEERS?!

This should not be a hard fix to code!!!!! I am glad I found this thread as my like list, primarily listened on my work laptop, through Chrome...is basically useless because it just shuffles whatever "part" of my list is showing.
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It might be worth wasting my holidays to build a browser plugin or something to do this...would anyone else use it?
This really is absurd. It's by far the biggest annoyance of soundcloud. I have over 600 liked tracks and some I just forget about from early on in my playlist. A proper shuffle is not hard to do. This whole website is fully of technically impressive features and everything appears to be loaded ad-hoc, so why oh why can't the new "random" song be loaded ad hoc? Hell You already know the order, why not load the next two to save any delay!

As a web developer I know how simple this functionality should be which makes it doubly frustrating!
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6 months and no progress? 🤔
@Mathis Does soundcloud have an issuetracker or something to see the status on issues like this?

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