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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In what I'll call "Classic" Spotify it was possible to select, say, the first five tracks of a ten track album (click on the first track, then SHIFT-click on the fifth track), then right-click on a song from that selection, after which you'd click Play from the context menu and those five selected songs (and those five selected songs only) would play.
If you try that in "New" Spotify you'll find that nothing happens when you click Play.
Interestingly other "actions", such as Add to Playlist, will operate on that subset of songs, but not Play.
Why would do I want to see this restored? Sometimes original release albums are not available, but re-release albums (containing extra bonus tracks at the end) are available. I like to play the original songs only using the method above. Another reason, let's say you have a album where you like every other song on it, the method above would allow you to play those favoured songs without having to click skip at the end of each song.
At the moment the workaround is to create a new playlist with your selected songs and then play that playlist.
Another alternative would be to be able to drag the songs you want to play on the Play Queue - but I've never been able to quite work out the logic behind the play queue (some songs you can delete, others you can't - yada, yada)
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