Compare Playlists and show differences
I know that an idea already exists called "Compare Playlists", which links to "Crow-sourced Playlists": http://community.spotify.com/t5/Spotify-Ideas/Crowd-sourced-playlist-song-suggestions/idi-p/192392
Although I do like that idea as well, it only discussed "suggesting" new songs for your playlist. But my idea differs from that topic. I want to be able to take any 2 playlists and do a side by side comparison. Show me the differences. Show me which songs exist in one playlist that don't exist in the other. And visa versa. Show me which songs are in BOTH playlists. Show me which songs are "starred" in one playlist that are not in the other. And visa versa. Show me which songs are "starred" in both playlists.
There may be songs in one playlist that I do not yet have in the other but I may want in there. A simple "suggestion" feature would not necessarily capture the songs I want to add.
This comparison should not simply be the name of a song by an artists since there can be multiple releases of the same song. I would want to see if one playlist has a different release of a song than another playlist.
The comparison tool should have options on how to sort the comparison, by artists, song title, "starred" status, etc. Differences should appear highlighed in some way.
Here is a picture to prove proof of concept: http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff199/detmer14/Screenshot-4_29_20139_54_13AM.png
Again, this picture is only for proof of concept using Notepad++ comparison tool. The spotify comparison would have columns indicating track title, artist, "starred" status, year, etc. The comparison would work across the board on these columns. And the comparison view could be sorted by each column - meaning I could sort by "starred" status to show me at the top of the comparison view only the song differences between the two playlists of the songs that are not "starred".
Notice the highlights in the picture. There are indications that a song exists in a playlist but not another when it is highlighted. In the playlist that does NOT have the song, a black gray placeholder is added to show that indeed the song is not in the 2nd playlist. There are also highlight differences between the 2 playlists, so I know it's this playlist or that playlist that DOES have the song, and I don't have to guess.
This would be an extremely useful tool to help us discover new music, refine our own playlists, make sure we don't miss music, potentially remove duplicate entries if desired, etc.
Please share this idea with your friends and have them add kudos to this idea so the Spotify team can begin looking into ways to implement this feature.
Edit: This idea has been reposted here.
This idea has been submitted more than one year ago but unfortunately hasn’t gained enough kudos during that time (25 kudos/year). In order to keep an overview of the active
ideas in this forum, this idea will be closed for now. Note that this does not mean the idea has been declined by Spotify.
Please feel free to re-post this idea if you still feel you want this implemented. With a little change in presentation, maybe this time it will gain the necessary support from the