I've seen a lot of suggestions and frustrations around music library management, and have personally felt that pain as well. I think ditching the notion of playlists and moving to a more dynamic model would really help.
The killer feature will be that when you add a new song to your library, it will automatically populate to every 'playlist' where it matches the saved criteria.
Here is the outline:
Encourage people to just "add" any song or album to their library which associates it with their account like it does today.
Allow people to search their library to generate lists of music. They could search for an artist, album, genre, etc. This would quickly generate a playlist for them on the fly.
Allow people to tag songs or albums with their own keywords that they can use in searches.
Let people 'pin' searches the same way they can save a playlist now.
Whenever you go to a saved search, it will scan your library again to see if there are any new matches and automatically add them.
This could exist side by side with the current playlists. Also it could easily be extended for more search options like whether or not to include Explicit songs, only include songs added in the last x days, etc.
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Update 2: I found the root cause of the issues I've been having, and reported it properly here: http://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Mac-and/Bug-Report-Your-Music-doesn-t-sync-correctly-from-desktop-client/td-p/740789
Update: I have dug further and found primarly one specific bug (#1 below) that's behind most of the issues with Your Music. So here's a new a revised request list of issues/fixes:
Adding songs/albums to Your Music does not correctly update Songs , Albums , and Artists sections. The intended purpose behind Your Music seems to be that adding a single song to Your Music makes it show in Songs , it's album showing in Albums , and it's artist showing in Artists . That is currently not true 90-95% of the time.
It is not possible to add songs/albums from local files that are not in Spotify's database, like this one for example: Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed by Theophany
Replace the + button next to each song with the old Star icon and add a "Add to My Music" contextual menu item for songs. The "Save" button on albums can stay as it's quite useful. A music library is not the same thing as your few specific favorite songs.
To get technical about #1: There seems to be two internal lists that make up Your Music, one for songs, and one for albums. The Artists section is derived from the albums list, as saving an Album always adds the artist too. The idea would be that these two lists are always kept in sync when a song/album is added to your library, but this currently fails. Hence adding an album doesn't always add it's songs to the Songs section, and adding a song rarely adds it's album and artist to the Albums and Artists sections.
In my testing, saving in album adds all songs from the album to Songs about 90% of the time. While adding a song adds the album and artist to the Albums and Artists sections about 2% of time when clicking on the + button next to songs. If you drag-n-drop the song(s) onto the Songs section, it never updates the Albums/Artists sections.
Fixing the above bullet points will in my opinion solve 95% of the issues with Your Music. As it ensures Your Music is a singular storage of your actual music, including songs/albums from local files that Spotify aren't aware of.
Personally I had until now simply created playlists from albums and playlist folders to try to build a "Library".
Origianl idea submission:
This is a summery of my suggestions from this post: Thoughts/c omplaints about new Your Music feature and Stars (and Spotify overall)
Please read or at least skim through the above linked post to get an idea of why Your Music is a catastrophe and needs fixing.
Without further ado, here's my list of suggestions to fix it:
Revert the Star feature to working just like it did, complete with the star next to each song, everywhere.
Replace Songs, Albums, and Artists lists with a single list/item called "Library" or something similar. Within the Library view there are "Songs", "Albums", and "Artists" tabs as alternative ways to view your "Library".
Add a contextual/right-click menu item called "Add to my Library" to all songs, and as a button for Albums.
Adding a song to the Library, will make it show under the Songs view, and it's album and artist show under their respective views too within the Library.
All local files should be part of the Library.
And potentially, enable making the whole Library available offline.
Not vital to fixing the mess that is Your Music, but they will add to the above suggestions and make Spotify overall better and more consisten to use.
Add a artist/album browser/list/sidebar/something that can be shown/hidden within each playlist. Potentially do it in a similar way to the above mentioned Library view. Potentially do something similar to what iTunes does (example).
Add back the Album Cover view for playlists, which was removed about a year ago.
Add a "Show Duplicates" feature for playlists, showing all non-unique songs. Preferably basing song uniqness on "[ARTIST_NAME]:[SONG_NAME]".
Show a OK/Cancel warning dialog when attempting to add a song that's already in the target playlist. Include a "don't show this warning again checkbox" to make the masses happy.
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I think adding an option to exclude a specific playlist from the library would allow for a better customized music selection. The example that I think of is a playlist with Christmas Music. I love my Christmas Music in December but not in July. :) So I picture it would be something along the lines of right clicking the specific playlist and choose exclude from Library, so that you can play all the songs in your library with the exceptions of those in the playlist.
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I'musing the radio function quite a lot and it would be awesome if there was a way to add the current song to your collection without taking the phone out of my pocket. Something like a headphone button click combination. For example if I press the headphone button once, the current song goes on pause, if I press it twice, it skips to the next song and so on. My suggestion is when I press the headphone button four times, the currently playing song is automatticaly added to my music library. This would be an awesome feature.
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When I search for songs in library, I don't know where the song are saved. And when I search for songs there is no way of knowing if you've already have that song, unless you check every playlist by filtering... Also, not all songs appear when I search for it. Why? When I filter the playlist it comes up, but not in library filter. I think I have found this problem in a playlist search also, but I'm not sure.
This problem appear with collaborative playlists as well as normal playlists. Library should list everything, even if it's from subrscribed plalists.
A third problem I've found is that when you press the album cover (playing now) and you queued the song, you are redirected to library rather than the playlist. This would be fine as long as I knew where the song came from.
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When I decide I want to listen to music, I come to a stand still at one final decision: iTunes vs.. Spotify, which music player to open? If I could, I would eliminate this dilemma that causes my music listening experience to be shortened and is more bothersome when it comes to keeping a computer strictly clean (I'm all about minimalism).
So my idea is: Is there a way to add control/management over your iPod and/or other mp3 device? Think about controlling your music library and peripherals in one place upon having the great music library at your disposal.
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Before the major update, which converted to the "Your Music" concept, there was a section called "Library". This section enabled me to look at all my music that is in any playlist, and sort by Aate Added. Since I have so many playlists, it's hard to remember which playlist I added a song to the other day. Going to Library and sorting by Date Added allowed me to quickly find these songs.
I also used the Library/Date Added sort to just listen to the latest music I had found that week - just go to Library, sort by Date Added and then click play!
With the new update, there's no way to do this anymore! I'd have to add everything to the "Your Music" section... but then the Date Added field would all be today!
You have this data still (when I added a track to a specific playlist), I just can't leverage it in the way I want to!
I'd reccommend having an "All Playlists" section that allows you look at all your music that are in playlists (separate from "Your Music")
Bring back the Library!
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I've come to appreciate the new Your Music section as an aggregate for all of my listenings on Spotify and would love to see it expanded to allow local files.
This would bring the Your Music function of Spotify into the realm of a complete musical collection (which I believe it aims to be),
similar to the Library function of the 0.x.x. version of Spotify, but with more choice involved.
I believe this wouldn't be too difficult to implement.
Thanks for listening.
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I think the new library system ('your music') is a great step foreward when it comes to organising music.
But in terms of usability it is still lightyears behind non-streaming media players like Winamp, iTunes, WMP... If you just want click around and listen to music without really knowing what to hear, Spotify still can be a real pain in the ass. Especially on the desktop version...
When I go to my library ('your music') and look at the page of all my artist or albums, I can see only 8 complete ablums/artists at once. 12 when I also count the half abums/artists... I have about 130 Artists/ 300 albums in my library. Being only able to see 8 albums/artists at once, this amount of music is really hard to handle with such an interface. An optional list view would make things a lot easier.
Additionally the songs view is still just confusing and kind of chaotic. I have about 3500 songs in my library. When I want to look for a bunch of artists/albums (not only one) it is hard to find anything. It is just a really confusing and endless list of songs. You can't just click around and just listen to music without knowing what you want to hear. There isn't even an optical seperation beetween different artists and albums...
It would be way more useful, if there weren't seperate views for artists, albums and songs, but a combination of them. Or if there were just an integration of album and artist filter in the song list (not just a search function). It would be awesome if there was a possibility to split the Screen when you're in the song library an show a list with Artists, Album the list of songs. Like we all know it from from any other music player (Winamp, iTunes, WMP...). So you could click on an artist or mark a bunch of artists and all titles, albums and genres that aren't related to these artists disappear. Just like predefined filters for all the artists and albums in the library.
By that it would be much easier to search to search for music in your library without knowing exactly what you are searching for.
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Hi, Dear Spotify Team,
Wouldn't it be great if the Library, which includes all songs from all of ones playlists and starred, would also show in which playlist a song currently is? For example: I go to the Library and search "Justin Timberlake". Now I'm seeing all of the Justin Timberlake songs I have in my library. I'm seeing the song Titles, Times, Albums, etc. But no where does it show in which of my playlists a song currently is! It should do that!
Summary: Currently, there are 6 columns in the Library: Title, Artist, Time, Album, Date it was added, and User. A seventh column named "Playlist" should be added that shows us in which Playlist one has added a song.
In addition, I think it would be wonderful if one could exclude/include playlists in the Library.
Example: Say I want to listen to all my songs from some of my playlists. Right. So I go to the Library and shuffle. But I've got a playlist of Fulham FC chants and a playlist of rather awkward soothing ocean sounds. So to avoid listening to those playlists and only listen to decent music, I want to exclude them from the library.
Summary: Say a seventh column "Playlists" is added to the Library. If I click it all the songs are ordered by Playlists. Now I should be able to "tick off / tick on" a group of songs from a playlist which, e.g.. Is ticked off, won't be included if I decide to shuffle play the songs in the Library. Please consider this, I'd be very grateful. Konstantin
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Spotify- It's mind blowing to me that you won't release any other method other than playlists for organizing your songs, especially for the mobile app. Please take some notes from Rdio. They allow you to add albums, songs, etc to your personal Rdio collection (library)... From there you can filter your music by artist, album, song title, etc. just like you can from the iTunes music app. I'm sorry but this seems like it's a no brainer. Is there a reason you can't implement this? I can't see how this hasn't been done, especially since Rdio has these features already. The only reason I haven't switched to Rdio is because spotify's music quality/reliability is better. Please update this. I've seriously considered relying on my iTunes library again and using iTunes Match for my phone. Thanks.
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Instead of having only playlists, I think we should be able to have one large library-- but still be able to make smaller playlists based off of that library.
I think this would be beneficial because sometimes I like to listen to a certain artist, or maybe just one of their albums, or maybe a certain genre of the songs I have in my library. I think if there was one big library, where we could sort our songs into different subsets from, it would be beneficial and a little more user friendly.
Honestly, I love the idea of spotify and I absolutely adore paying such a small amount and having unlimited music every month. However, I find myself pining for the layout of iTunes and the way they are able to sort their music into different subsets. I don't want to say this, but I've been contemplating going back to iTunes simply because of that convenience. I'd really like the hear something back about this, because I truly think it would be helpful!
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