After engaging with angry consumers, Spotify claims it is bringing back its home screen widget for Android. The decision follows just a month after the firm eliminated the feature.
When it first suspended the widget, the firm claimed, “We always take retiring functionalities very seriously in Spotify.” It went on to validate the suspension by noting users can access much of the same feature via the OS’ notification shade. Certainly, none of that assisted to calm down the situation.
The community forum post, in the aftermath, was filled with 52 pages of feedback and some 16,000 votes prior to the firm ended the thread. As the media notes, one person even claimed that they moved their complete family to Tidal consequently. The move was particularly infuriating since all the other primary music streaming platforms still provide a widget on Android.
When the widget arrives back in a future launch, Spotify claims it will include performance enhancements and visual tweaks. No news yet on when the firm aims to launch that update, though. That stated, by way of defense, a manager claimed, “We respect your ideas and input…” and invited consumers to continue offering the firm with feedback.
On a related note, this is not an official stat from Spotify but it seems that the firm now has “almost 3 Million paying consumers” up by 33% since 2017. Media recommends that the firm is making €350 Million ($384.7 Million) annually in the Netherlands. If true—the forecasts are based on a study of 3,600 Dutch citizens—this might recommend that the Netherlands adds up for almost 2.8% of global subscribers for Spotify.
The study also yielded some market-share numbers. It states that 39% of Dutch citizens are employing Spotify for streaming music, which is stiff with the competition with YouTube.