Like a lot of Spotify users, I listen to a lot of hip-hop. Like, a lot of hip-hop. And, frequently, this means engaging in the complex maze of alternate, clean, explicit and remixed versions of the same record. Typically, a modern hip-hop record will have at least a clean and an explicit version – oftern, both are licensed by Spotify for streaming – and both of those versions typically inhabit the same listing, with one version hidden unless you click the album itself.
This means that when you're looking at an artist page, you might see a clean version of a record, but an explicit version is hidden behind it. You never know, unless you click the album. And, in those cases, you might not be able to get to it from the mobile version of Spotify. Which kinda blows when you want to get turnt up listening to something that's completely inappropriate for children. As you do.
Here's a common example. Let's say I want to listen to Houston-based rapper Slim Thug.
Specifically, I want to hear Slim Thug's 2005 record "Already Platinum," featuring the song that inspired The Lonely Island's "Like A Boss."
But, wait, that's weird. The primary version – the one being displayed on the artist page – is a chopped and screwed remix of the album and not the album version. If I click through to the album page, I find the normal speed version. And two more versions ("premium" editions) which I can access from there, below the second tracklisting.
If I go into my iOS version of Spotify, search Slim Thug and open "Already Platinum," I can only access the remixed version – not the real version of the record that I actually want. Luckily, I can search "Already Platinum" and find the real version using the aforementioned "premium" editions. But, it's a crapshoot to whether I get the censored version or the album version until I try both – Spotify doesn't make that designation on the mobile app.
With all that being said, here are my suggestions:
When different versions exist, make those versions accessible from the artist page. Or at least let us know that they exist. An icon, a dropdown menu, anything would be useful for discovering "hidden" versions of the record.
Make those different versions accessible via mobile devices. The songs are there, I just have no way of getting to them without creating a new playlist.
In the distant future, and I think this has already been recommended but consider this a +1, let the user choose their prefered album type. I don't have any reason to prefer a clean edit of an album, but some people do.
Overall, I'd like to see more consistency in cataloging these albums (I do appreciate it when the different versions are folded together, since it makes browsing discographies easier) and better accessiblity for listening to those albums.
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Note: This idea references features from the new Discover tab which may not have reached all users yet! If you have any feedback about discover, please head over to this ideas topic.
One of the most useful features of the new discover tab is the ability to "Preview" recommendations.
I think this feature would be very useful if rolled out to other pages, such as Artist/Album pages, as well as search results so you can easily preview content without interrupting what you are already listening to. Music discovery for me goes far beyond what the Discover tab suggests!
The behind the scenes work to make this happen might stretch further than I am imagining, although it the new web based pages such as discover and artist pages run on the same platform, how hard can it be to migrate a feature! :)
Good news for the Spotify UI team is implementing this would require only minor changes, since it can be easily worked into the already available elements, just like on Discover.
For anyone who does know, here is what audio preview looks like in Discover:
This could easily be added to other pages:
And with a minor change, a track preview button would be epic!:
Excuse my paint skills!
This feature being rolled out would greatly add to my Spotify experience! Add your kudos if you agree! :)
I do not work for, or am anway professionally connected to Spotify
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It would be great if you could doubble click the album picture (bottom left corner) and spotify would take you directly to the specific album's window/page only, not the artist page.
This would be useful if you are checking through other albums but want to go back to the album you are listening to.
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