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Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

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Mihail
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for reaching out about this to the Community.

 

Note that there are several reasons why you might see the same song come up in your Discover Weekly more than once.  

One of them is that the song was released as part of multiple albums. Because of this it's identified by the system as a separate track. It's also possible that the song got removed and re-uploaded with a different version.

 

In order avoid this from happenings and to get more diverse recommendations on your Discover Weekly in general, we suggest that you do the following:

  • Make sure you're not listening to Spotify in Private Session
  • Save your favorite songs and listen to music you like
  • Unfollow your Discover Weekly playlist, and then follow it again under 'Browse > Discover'

By following these steps and expanding your music collection you can give the algorithm a little push and should start seeing new suggestions, more in synch with your taste after a couple of integrations of your Discover Weekly.

In order to be able to better address your individual issues with the playlist, we're closing off this thread for new comments. If you continue to experience any difficulties, you can always create a new thread in the relevant help board.

Cheers!

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Newbie

This is totally an issue, I want my 30 new songs I've never listened to before every week !

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Casual Listener

still no chance anybody sorts it out?

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Casual Listener

I don't think Spotify cares about this issue to be solved, or perhaps they think the algorithm is good enough (hint: it isn't). It seems impossible to get in touch with any actual staff, but there is a tiny little help page for Discover Weekly here: https://support.spotify.com/uk/using_spotify/playlists/discover-weekly/

 

They say that plays from the Discover Weekly playlist itself don't count towards future suggestions. So you need to keep on listening to music on other playlist to generate new (and hopefully better) suggestions. If you only listen to Discover Weekly all week long, the library content it is generated from does not change and I guess that is why the same songs keep popping up. So if you happen to have a really cool Discover Weekly playlist, copy the songs to a different playlists and keep on listening there. However, it is still unclear to me how long into the past the algorithm actually looks, so considering that this of course is all just a theory, I have no clue how much time it would take for things to improve. 

 

Again, Spotify, this sucks. If you are not willing to help, at least be more transparent about how the algorithm works so we can figure things out on our own. 

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Newbie

Me too. The main reason I like Spotify is for Discover Weekly, and since the songs are no longer changing, that reason is gone. Google Play music has a killer feature (upload your own music). Their Discover Weekly equivalent was pretty terrible a year ago, but I'm sure it's improved while Spotify's is getting worse.
I'll jump ship soon if Spotify don't want to resolve this.

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Casual Listener
Hey y’all i found something that isn’t quite what I’m looking for but it
might help. You can go to discover weekly radio, by going to the top right
“...” and go to radio. At least in there you can like or dislike songs. No
clue if that is a persistent effect or only for that radio, but at least I
can tell them to never play Grateful Dead on my discover that day way. Let
me know if this helps!

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Newbie

I see this is a fairly old thread, but I'm having the same problem. My "Discover Weekly" is playing ONLY songs that I've already heard before – that I've either already got in my library and/or continue to get in Discover Weekly over and over. Whey does Discover Weekly bring me songs I already have in my library? That's not helping me discover anything. Ditto for songs that have been in there week after week. 

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Newbie

I got to this thread from a google search - I felt like Discover Weekly was way too timid in offering new songs. After reading here I realized I was BARELY getting new suggestions at all!

Still waiting on some way to get Spotify to expose me to new music.

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Newbie

Spotify,

 

it seems you do not care at all!!

Last week I listened to Beach House all albums, and on Monday Discover Weekly I find songs from Beach House. Such a good discovery..

Shame on you

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Regular

Hi,

After many months of improvement, I find the Discovery Weekly again a little repetitive, with songs remaining from one week to another, or old songs reappearing despite being put in a playlist a long ago. I do record my Discovery Weekly every week, so I know exactly when it fails. Please consider making Discovery Weekly more adventurous at least, so it can really help discovering music rather than listen to music I already know...

At some point, I imagine that the system revolves around itself, rather than finding out unexpected corners of music. That would make sense, but not the fact that some songs are clearly already known by the user. Where is the "delete duplicates" function in Spotify's system ?

I'm still discovering great artists through Discovery Weekly, so it's all fine, but maybe some fine tuning would be appreciated by many users.

Cheers,

Hadrien

Re: Discover Weekly keeps recycling the same songs

Regular

I'm even getting songs I've already disliked in my Discover Weekly.

 

This week there are 2 songs already disliked. This is the third week in a row I've had disliked songs turn up. It's so hard set on giving me the same songs over and over again it's even ignoring my dislikes.

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