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Google assistant plays alternative versions of songs such as remixes

Google assistant plays alternative versions of songs such as remixes

When I try and play songs on Android using Google Assistant i get non studio versions. For example, if I ask for Diamonds by Rhianna I instead get a incredibly explicit song with Kayne West rapping for about a minute (it's a remix) instead of the expected studio version. The only solution I've found is to "hide" the songs that keep coming up instead of what I want.
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Hey @voidhawker,

 

Thanks for reaching out.

 

Can you please provide links to a few more examples, so we can investigate this further? Also, does this happen always when you request a particular song?

 

Keep us posted.

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Yup it happens every time for this song. I have not found a work around.

 

To demonstrate it all I need to do is say 

"Hey Google, play diamonds by Rhianna on Spotify" 

 

 

 

Hey @voidhawker,

 

Thanks for confirming.

 

Can you please also send us links to some of the other tracks where you see this behavior?

 

Cheers,

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I can't believe you moderators are asking for examples of this behaviour! Hundreds of people have been asking for years to just be able to play the standard album version of songs when interacting with Google Home or Google assistant. It is so frustrating to keep getting live or alternate versions of songs. I assume that's because you don't have to pay as many royalties, but it just means we have to go locate the phone, pick it up, turn it on, open Spotify, hit search, find the actual album song and then play it. Frustrating.

Hey @goog64,

 

Thanks for your comment.

 

I fully understand your frustration and I apologize for not providing context for my previous requests for links. 

 

Note that this issue was investigated a few years back by our tech team (the thread has been archived so I can't link it here) and after some joint effort by Spotify and Google a fix was rolled out.

 

Seeing your comments, I understand that the behavior has resurfaced, but with just one example it would be difficult to start a new investigation, so if any particular tracks come to mind, please share them here so we can compile a new report for our tech team. The more examples we have, the easier it would be to get the ball rolling on this new investigation.

 

Thanks!

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For some other examples, "play "Ghost" by Hoshimachi Suisei" will play the instrumental version and asking for "Magia Quattro" by Kalafina will play regular Magia

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