The option to “opt-out” of certain artists and/or content has been a recurrent need in the Spotify community – as evidenced from community posts dated 2012 requesting a feature that prevents unsubscribed artists from appearing on curated or trending playlists recommended to users by Spotify. In 2017, the “case was closed” after 4000+ up-votes with no action taken by Spotify.
As paid subscribers, Spotify users can direct their support to artists, allowing for accurate “streaming numbers” that credit the artists’ work. In the same metric, paid subscribers should be able to “opt-out” of artists that they do not want to support financially (for whatever reason).
I would not go out and buy a Chris Brown record because he is a misogynist abuser of women and I will not be involved in supporting his career. However, I have no way of ensuring that his content does not stream on my account when using Spotify features I pay for. If an artist get paid per stream – I require the freedom to opt-out of that artist.
This is not an “up-voting” issue, but more, a fundamental membership issue that contributes to an unsafe user experience. This is not simply a matter of “not wanting to hear artists who are against my views” but rather, not wanting to support artists who are criminal offenders. I just assume this would be a priority for Spotify.
It may not be a popular feature with artists, not based on the 4000+ community up-votes, it is essential to users.
Updated on 2018-12-18
As you mentioned, a similar Idea has also been suggested, and only one thread can exist per idea:
Any update on the matter should be posted there.
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