Idea by example: Underworld (the band that gave you the thumping techno hit Born Slippy - "lager, lager, lager...") also produced a sweet little soft number called Ess Gee on their A Hundred Days Off album.
However if you use this Ess Gee track as the seed for a radio station you are presented with a station of majoritvely thumping techno (Underworld's usual fare) rather than softer, more relaxed music.
Therefore, my request is, when a radio station is seeded with a track (or a collection of tracks) it is the properties of that track which is used to decide on the nature of the songs played on the station.
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I love everything about Spotify. I have been a premium member for a long time. However, the Shuffle function is still horrible. There has got to be a better algorithm out there. I have a playist with over 240 songs in it - and whenver I play it - I hear the same songs all the time. I've been listening to for weeks - and there are some songs I have not even heard once. Wish list for shuffle on playlist Must sync across all devices - whether I am using my phone, desktop, or web app Take into consideration what has NOT been played and what has ALREADY been played
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The radio of spotify is the very reason I refuse to pay. I listen to smaller bands on spotify in an attempt to get them a few cents on their account, and I've noticed over and over again that they get seemingly random and completely unrelated artists as "related artists". Plus, they get often placed in a batch of music they have nothing to do with.
I have a radio station of Gadje Scum, a cross-over electronics band with balkan influences. In its radio station I get pestered with all shades of metal from about 3 different groups, and dutch hip hop from 1 group. That's it. For the rest, the same 9 songs of the band all over again. And when googling on how to fix this, the only thing I could find was exactly the same complaint about a 100 times, dating back as far as 2012.
I know that "fix that darn algorithm" is not really an "idea that can be implemented" ( as answered on this one : https://community.spotify.com/t5/Spotify-Ideas/Better-Radio-Algorithms/idi-p/107485 ) so I pin it down for you:
- Use information on playlists containing tracks and listens of the actual artist to decide on the tracks selected for the radio
- If an artist gets downvoted, lower the weight of related artists, (after you got those right, that is).
- Don't display "related artists" if you don't have enough data on the band.
- take a look at free services like youtube and soundcloud, competitors like grooveshark and pandora, and even services like bandcamp, reverbnation and the likes. They ALL beat your music matching algorithms.
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