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.

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Peter__
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In the desktop client, if you want to stop the matching of tracks go to the Local Files tab highlight all of the tracks then right click on select "Unlink Tracks". That will break the connection of those tracks to the Spotify catalogue.

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alotofheart
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I cannot find this option in the Desktop client anymore. 

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lozera
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Here's how to fix it:

 

1. Download an old version of spotify (I used 0.9.15.27 in my case).

2. Right click on songs you want fixed, hit Unlink Songs.

 

3. Redownload songs on spotify android.

 

Pretty sure the latest spotify android client doesn't properly support local files and will show no covers, so you may want to downgrade that too (anything before verison 3.0 should be safe).

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Peter__
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In the desktop client, if you want to stop the matching of tracks go to the Local Files tab highlight all of the tracks then right click on select "Unlink Tracks". That will break the connection of those tracks to the Spotify catalogue.

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alotofheart
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I cannot find this option in the Desktop client anymore. 

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Daniel
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@alotofheart wrote:

I cannot find this option in the Desktop client anymore. 


Hi,

 

I suggest you ask in the Desktop forum as I myself don't really use it so you'll get better answers there.


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Brent212
Roadie

@alotofheart wrote:

I cannot find this option in the Desktop client anymore. 


Well spotify's goal in life is to remove all useful features from their product, so I'm sure they took it out.

mykytam
Newbie
If you change the file names of the songs it should work because Spotify won't recognize the new names. I know it's ridiculous but I had the same issue and now I am able to play my local files on my phone or on any platform.

Adin_Allen
Casual Listener
I had to remove the album image change the file name and song name freaking ridiculous. I made a clean version of a song and import into spotify and was like that's not suppose to be in there lol. 30 minutes later finally got it to work.Why do they keep removing helpful features? Waste of my time to even think about this!

navaira
Roadie

Believe or not but even different names don't work correctly.

 

I have Pet Shop Boys' Performance tour ripped off DVD to my iTunes. "Losing My Mind" from the album "Performance" turns into "Losing My Mind – Disco Mix; 2011 Remaster" from the album "Introspective"... except... it actually plays the local "Performance" song. I just can't import "Introspective" correctly now.

 

Mind = boggled.

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lozera
Casual Listener

Here's how to fix it:

 

1. Download an old version of spotify (I used 0.9.15.27 in my case).

2. Right click on songs you want fixed, hit Unlink Songs.

 

3. Redownload songs on spotify android.

 

Pretty sure the latest spotify android client doesn't properly support local files and will show no covers, so you may want to downgrade that too (anything before verison 3.0 should be safe).

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navaira
Roadie

That sounds awesome.

 

Could you please remind us the link to old Spotify versions? (I promise I'm going to save it this time...)

lozera
Casual Listener

Here you go:

 

Android

 

Desktop

 

 

It seems to me though that no matter what version you pick, there's always going to be a stupid bug or issue somewhere.

 

These two versions of spotify are... the least annoying so far.

navaira
Roadie

Fantastic! Going to do that. 🙂

veganshark01
Newbie

Yes, this is ridiculous. I added a song by a band called The Effects, and Spotify changed the artist name to 2496 Sound Effects and the song title to "Ocean Distant Waves Closer." This is beyond annoying! I installed an older version, but I didn't like it. I just wish the new versions would work better!

Artim96
Regular

Sorry, but that hasn't changed anything for me

olic2
Casual Listener

lf anyone stubles upon this post looking for a fix here's is what i did

 

1. Go top "edit" in the top right corner and choose "preferences"

2. Scroll down until you find the "local files" tab and uncheck it all

hope it helped

Artim96
Regular

You mean the settings in the desktop client?

Sorry, but that will definetely not do it for me. I have the problem that on one playlist (my selfmade playlists are just the albums of one artist) I have a few live albums, but they are not complete. Spotify only has the songs from the CD version so I have to add the ones from the DVD version myself and on the other playlist/artist Spotify has non of their live albums so I have to add them completely.

So even if I would put only the missing songs into a folder Spotify will mix them up. The only thing that seems to be wokorking is to find out on which songs it happens and give the different versions of it different names (in file name and the embedded name)...the easiest way seems to be to just translate them into different languages.

That's inacceptable complicated, but as long as I don't want to rely on my own not-so-good-qualiy files I have no choice than to use Spotify because one artist I rely on to have is Spotify only...if they aren't included it just makes no sense for me to make a subscription since I'm not randomly streaming stuff that much.

olic2
Casual Listener

And you can't just choose a specific directory containing the mp3 files you wish to import? If not, i can't think of anything, sorry

Artim96
Regular
I can but it wouldn't change anything. It might reduce the amount of mixed up files but these files would also replace others which they shouldn't so the only way would be to not import files at all, unacceptable.
And how darn hard is it to just read the tags of the file? I have tagged every file with name, album etc. That should be already enough to prevent that from happening. But no, they don't give a **bleep** about and just do whatever they want and make a huge mess.
I mean, like already mentioned, there was a method included in the desktop client to prevent that from happening but no, these idiots just removed it and even going back to older versions of the desktop and Android client doesn't help anymore.
I hope they understand how pissed off I am! Those things are just very big signs of incompetence!

jcelis1983
Gig Goer

The easiest way to deal with this issue is that when you save your local files on itunes or whichever program you are using, change the title spelling on your local file... This will remove any tags to the similar tracks on spotify... I had this same issue before and all I do now is change the title of the track in some way so that it doesn't match the one on spotify and it works fine... The only issue is that to find out if your local file matches the one from Spotify, you will need to import that file first and go from there... Hope this helps! 

Artim96
Regular
Well, all in all that's what I did. I only put the files that I needed to import in a special folder and renamed them (file name and the mp3 tag) in a way that won't lead to any mixing up with others.
But like I said, there can't be serious about refusing the users to manually set such things do those files inside the app/program, even removing a formerly working solution and just saying "work around it yourself go die". That is far, FAR FROM ACCEPTABLE!
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