Local files being replaced by spotify's version when they SHOULD NOT

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Local files being replaced by spotify's version when they SHOULD NOT

Brent212
Roadie

To try to workaround bugs in the android app that have caused many of my local files to go from available one day to unavailable the next, I spent a couple hours last night clearing out all spotify data on my phone, making a playlist of ONLY my local tracks (songs that spotify doesn't have, or at least, at one time didn't have), then syncing my newly cleaned spotify app on the phone with the desktop app and selecting to download only that "not on spotify" playlist. I thought this would ensure that, before downloading any other lists, all my local files have made it on my phone and are playable.

 

That all worked out. The playlist on my phone showed all 796 songs with the little green "downloaded" arrows next to them, and none were greyed out.

 

Now today, I'm away from home, off of any wifi networks. I start up spotify, and big surprise, the playlist shows the grey download arrow, indicating it's not fully downloaded. I go into it, scroll through the tracks, and about 20% now have the grey arrows.

 

I figured out why. Turns out, for each of those tracks, spotify has either added the same song to their library, or has a song that's close enough that spotify has decided I would rather have their version of the song instead of the one I MANUALLY IMPORTED TO MY LIBRARY FROM MY COMPUTER AND THEN TRANSFERRED FROM THERE TO MY PHONE. So it essentially said "for all these songs in this playlist, let's leave the files here on your phone to take up space, and even though they were used to create the entries in the playlist in the first place, let's download our files to be used in their place once there's a wifi connection available. Until then, we'll stream our files to the phone instead of using the local files, because using the local files is clearly what this guy wants to do, and we write terrible software that doesn't work in any sort of reasonable way."

 

The main problem is that it's giving priority to spotify's version of tracks for which I've already provided the files and for which, at one time (yesterday), it fully accepted the files I provided.

 

However, another very annoying part is that for many of the songs, the fcking sht they're making me use isn't even correct.

 

I'm guessing they don't look at the album titles at all, because having the track be from a totally different album doesn't discourage spotify from replacing the track with a song that has a matching artist and song name. Yet, even some songs with slightly different song names are getting replaced. I have a track with the title "Sandstorm - Radio Edit". Instead of using the file with the same ID3 tag title THAT WAS BEING USED FOR THIS PLAYLIST ENTRY YESTERDAY, it's now using a song from their library just titled "Sandstorm".

 

And even further ridiculousness - the desktop app I'm now using at work (where I don't have my local files) has replaced the same track with "Sandstorm (radio version)". The playlist shows "Sandstorm - Radio Edit", but when I play it, the song that actually plays is "Sandstorm (radio version)". At least in that instance, the local file isn't available, so I'm not totally bummed they're trying to find and play the closest match from their library... but I would be mad (but not surprised) if they then try to replace the playlist entry with that song on all my devices (I swear this happens... I'm going to find now I have two versions of the song in my playlists -- the one I put there in the lists that haven't been used with the unavailable local file , and the one spotify replaced it with in the playlist that has been used (just now) with the unavailable local file).

 

I think the solution is to simply append "(Brent's version)" to the titles of all the files that I import. Maybe (and that's a big MAYBE) then spotify will realize it shouldn't try to replace songs that have corresponding files available locally with whatever non-local crap it thinks is close enough.

 

I really fcking hate how much work it is just maintaining my playlists with spotify constantly fcking them up.

29 Replies

sonictj3
Newbie

I got one song Go Green rander Redux replaced with the one mp3 i gt of the original version but it replaced it and now i lost the redux version with vocals

jcelis1983
Gig Goer
If it's your local file, try changing something in the song's title...
Either the spelling or ad a period (.) at the end and that should solve the
problem.. This can be done wherever you are fetching your local file from,
whether it's Itunes or any other program...

jcelis1983
Gig Goer
If it's your local file, try changing something in the song's title...
Either the spelling or ad a period (.) at the end and that should solve the
problem.. This can be done wherever you are fetching your local file from,
whether it's Itunes or any other program...

Hypersky
Newbie

nvm

bubach
Regular

http://www.oldversion.com/
and as a sidenote, **bleep** you spotify. **bleep** you for having to google **bleep** like this almost every time i want to do something in your **bleep**ty clients.

meiastar
Newbie

Yeah, OK, I downloaded the old version, I tried to change the file name, and none of it is working.  I have a live version of a song that I like better than the album version, but no matter what I do, Spotify will only download the album version.  For some reason, that is the only song on that album that it insists on doing this to.  I think this is finally the thing that is going to make me switch to Google Play.  -_-  I mean seriously, if I can't listen to my own god damm music then f*ck you spotify.  

Joe
Community Legend

Try changing the song's metadata.

jcelis1983
Gig Goer
If it's still playing the original version, before syncing into Spotify you
need to change something in the track tittle.. Either add a period or type
in Live next to it so that Spotify does not recognize it as one of it's
own. Then you should try and syncing the song to Spotify from your
pc/laptop.. Before syncing into your device, make sure you have deleted any
other similar tracks that you have attempted to sync with the same tittle
otherwise Spotify will only recognize the first one synced.

Hope this helps!

radeklat
Newbie

Dots, hyphens nor the | symbol helper. I ended up adding "(L)" (as Local file) to all ID3 tag titles (using mp3tag to all files I was interested in).

user-removed
Not applicable

I now have the opposite of this problem. Whenever i play a track (Gucci Gang) directly from an artist's page: Lil' Pump, the track plays but its a version i keep on my pc (censored version i edited). In the Properties>Details of the mp3 file, I did in fact list the track, album and artist name identical to the real song although I'm unsure whether this would affect it.

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