Is it just me, or does Spotify not update playlists and local files from iTunes automatically as you add more tracks? This is so annoying. I use iTunes to add and organize my local files, which Spotify is not able to do. But the least Spotify could do was to do a check up once in a while to see if i added new local tracks or changed my playlists in iTunes.
As it is now i have to import playlists and local files everytime i add new music. So i first need to add it to iTunes and then again to Spotify. Toooo much work.
I just want to voice something which has really began to annoy me recently, it's the Local Music feature on Spotify. It's just not good enough for me to want to defer from the use of WinAmp to play my local files.
Local Files Missing
This annoys me the most about the Local Music. Neither Winamp or iTunes have had trouble locating the relevant missing file.
Look at this: How can I listen to this album in full?
And now if we right click 'Open containing folder' on one of the white songs, the structure looks like:
All songs are there. These songs were imported by iTunes.
Also, If I scroll down a bit further,
Big, Big Love now appears! So the same album is duplicated but with a different set of songs available! I've checked, all songs lie in exactly the same directory.
It's a complete mess guys and really needs an overhaul.
What would be a really good idea here is the ability to right click the file and select 'Locate this file'. It's that simple and something which would make my life a lot easier.
I've now just clicked 'unlink this track' on the whole album and now I can't get it back either by dragging it over. Absolutely wonderful.
I have always been very frustrated with the fact that if I want to listen to a song or use it in a playlist (offline) within the Spotify app, I cannot do so with a song that is already on my device.
I use the Spotify app on my iPhone for most of my music listening. However, I have a handful of other apps that allow me to listen to my local music through them (like a game or workout app for example), but all these other apps can only see songs on my iPhone that were synced via iTunes. Say I want to listen to a certain playlist or album during my workout using my workout app, but I also want to listen to those same songs later in the Spotify app (offline, to save on data streaming). This would require me to have TWO copies of each song on my device (Which is rediculous! Who has the extra space for that?), one in the native music player library, and one synced using Spotify.
PLEASE find a way for the Spotify app to recognize the existing songs on a mobile device without having to sync them using desktop Spotify. No one should have to have duplicates of local songs on their device. Compatibility with the local native music on a device would be a godsend!
Please! It is like punishing me for purchasing music because once I buy something, the listening experience is ruined through Spotify. Not to mention that some of the biggest artists that aren't on Spotify (Tool, Pink Floyd) have mostly seamless albums.
A common problem that I've run into is that I add new files locally but Spotify doesn't update the local files and the only way to get it to update is by restarting spotify or removing the link to the folder in the preferences then readding it which takes an extremely long time since I have a couple thousand songs.
A local file refresh button or option after right clicking local files on the side bar could fix this issue by going through and updating the list of local songs.
Back when I first got Spotify I had the free service and it was wonderful. Eventually I imported all my songs into the Spotify local music library. Only issue is it was annoying having ads everywhere (visual ads, not audio ads) while browsing my local files. I think the music that is already on the computer there should not be any ads displayed (especially the ones that take up the whole center of the screen) or visible, until you move outside of it.
The reason I think this is beneficial is many people (including me at first) love the Spotify interface and how well it ran, so we used that to play our local music rather than stream the music. The ads however turned me off of Spotify and I went to Google Music and Zune instead. Eventually I came back to Spotify and got premium, but I still can't figure out why Spotify demands on showing ads while I'm browsing my own library of music.
Remove ads while listening to and/or browsing the local files library.
There is a really annoying new "feature" that bugs me quite a bit in Spotify. When I make playlists and such, instead of using the version of the music file provided by Spotify, it will instead choose to "link" it to one of my local music files.
This sounds like a good idea, but it doesn't work for me very well. Spotify has much better quality music than most of the music I have. I'd much rather to just listen to the spotify provided version instead of my local ones. The only time I want for spotify to use my local files is when a song doesn't exist as part of Spotify.
I know that there is a bit of a workaround, I can right click on the file and click "unlink", but that's quite tedious as I have a lot of music, but a lot of it isn't categorized properly. Some is under the wrong name, some are actually live versions, some are just terrible 96kbs MP3s
I listen to a lot of foreign music. I prefer not to change the tags to Romanized versions of the songs or, more importantly, musicians, so as to properly scrobble on Last.fm. On Winamp, I can easily edit the Notes section of a song's metadata and the results of a search will include matches of this data. However, this is not the case here. This makes it very difficult for me to use Spotify as a local player as scrolling through my ~400 locally stored albums isn't really an option, and I would rather not constantly switch between Winamp and Spotify. So, I propose the idea that Spotify local filter results also filter songs by their Notes metadata.
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