I would like to breath new life in an idea that was proposed in this forum a few years back: https://t.co/bcRo8UJ8d5. It is about offering fans the opportunity to donate to artists. I see it like this: we need to increase the notion of authorship again by introducing the ‘Karma Button’. Music is very important in most people’s life’s. Fans feel a strong connection to musical artists. With streaming, the opportunity to express one’s support for the artist is lost. The monthly subscription fee goes to the Streaming Service, who seems disconnected from the artist they play and love. When buying a CD one had the subconscious expectation the money went to the artist. With streaming, the public is aware that the artist revenue on a single stream is very small. In reality, revenues on streams are payed to the master owner, often the record label. Record labels even blocked the neighboring rights for online delivery. But fans experience a relationship with the artist, not with the label. The Karma button facilitates a payment of the fan directly to the artist, like flipping a dime in the hat of a street artist. It is a gift that should not be subject to contracts related to the music itself. This is where the proposal of 2012 stalled. The response from Spotify was: “Spotify pays out straight back to rightsholders, the record labels and collecting societies who in turn pay money to the artists, musicians, lyricists and composers that they represent. So we do not pay straight to artists…labels do that. For this reason and since all our music is based in the agreements with labels we can't do anything about this…”. The real problem is that Spotify does not have a database of which artist has what rights on which music so they don’t know who to pay the money to. Luckily that problem can be solved elegantly by cooperating with a neighboring rights organization such as the Dutch Sena (https://www.sena.nl/en/music-creators). Sena is a non-profit organization, working for a small administration fee, and has records of most relevant tracks, including the share ratios of the producers. Artists can also sign up at Sena themselves. If Sena is informed how much money was donated to which ISRC number, they can take care of the payment, charging only a small administration fee. This process can be automated. I had a meeting with the director of Sena and they are ready for this. Now there is a threat. Record labels do not like distributing companies like Spotify to build a direct relationship with their artists. Spotify is strongly dependent on the record labels for their stream content so there is a risk that labels will take countermeasures. The solution is to make sure that there is just a one way connection from the fan to the artist of the donation, with Sena in between. This is in line with the Karma principle. In India a Karma action is a one way affair. One should not expect anything in return during the current lifetime. So in our case there is no need to offer a return path from the artists to express their gratitude for the donation. Spotify should explain this clearly to the record labels. The Karma button should have a clear icon and be available on the main page of the interface where the track is viewed and started (for donating to the track artists) and on the artist page (for donating to just the main artist). It should be a ‘one click donate’ system so the threshold to pay is very low. A monthly limit per user could be set. Keep the concept as simple as possible: the full amount minus x% administration cost will go to the artists. By doing this in full authentic honesty, trust is gained from listeners and artists. Show the route of the donated money clearly. The name ‘Karma’ also relates to this: if the middle men take too much money from the revenue stream, it will be bad for their own Karma. But Karma also works the other way around. At the moment Spotify is arguably the largest source for music consumption. That brings responsibility to support the artists where possible. By taking the lead in adopting the Karma button, Spotify shows the world that they take their mission serious. And it brings lots of opportunities. By adding Karma, the freemium model makes a lot of sense for artists. All fans should have free access to Spotify so everyone can use Karma to express their gratitude. Artists will encourage their fans to use the Karma button on Spotify. If they like they can place a QR-Karma code on their outings at concerts (on tickets etc), which offers the audience a possibility to give them a ‘tip’ via the Karma button on their Spotify page. I offer this idea just for my own good Karma. But I sincerely hope that it will be adopted, since I am sure it will benefit especially the smaller artists, who do need some support these days. Eelco Grimm HKU University of the Arts, Music & Technology, Utrecht, The Netherlands Grimm Audio, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Am a Premium user, was told that Premium Users would be getting the use of their new idea for organization of the Your Library tab. Didn't really mind, don't see it as much needed. I have few qualms with it other than the fact that there is no longer a section for Recently Played albums/songs. This is a pretty major inconvenience for me, seeing as I have a human memory that likes to forget things on me. Having to create a Recently Played playlist for myself to update every time a new song comes on is pretty impractical and annoying. So, please bring back the Recently Played section/tab. Very useful. Also, not extremely related, but the function to submit ideas seems hidden away in the tabs of the menu, itself hidden in a rabbit hole of non-expressive buttons (Help>Community>Menu>Ideas), and I was forbidden from posting on mobile (For not activating with my email? That's the first thing I did!). Not directly related to the app itself, but it felt like an issue I had worth mentioning.
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This is a direct copy of this idea which was originally posted 2 years ago. I wasn't a user then, and this idea has since been made inactive, so I'm resurrecting it. Even just a shift-select on the desktop app would help immeasurably. Here's the original idea:
"I am looking for easy ways to organize my library.
I want to do some housekeeping in my library, but I find the current system of dragging and dropping individual playlists is too time consuming when the number of playlists reach this high.
First of all, there should be a way to select multiple playlists at once and be able to handle multiple playlists the same way as I can handle single playlist (ability to drag and drop, and rightclick w/ a special dropdown menu for multiple selected items). Ctrl-clicking, shift-clicking and shift+arrowkeys would help greatly.
[Edit] This idea is nearing its 2 year anniversary of no official recognition. Good times! 🙂
As a sidenote my Spotify library now consists of 1296 playlists."
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Hi, Could you put a feature on "Your Yusic" - "Artists" where you can shuffle the songs from your artist list, including all songs from followed artists. This would be very handy if you just want to listen to random songs from any of your favourite artists. Thanks
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I think that the new "Your Music" feature should be more like the playlists. It is missing one awesome feature, the hole top banner "thing" (the place where the details about who create the playlist, the songs count, songs overall length, album art etc.). Of course info like who created the "Your Music" has no place there but the other stuff and more importantly songs count/length is very useful in my eyes.
I attached a screenshot of the banner "thing" I am referring.
Edit: I just found out that there is a limit to the songs you can add to "Your Music" and it seams it is quite low 10 000. If you want you can give your kudos for removing/improving this limitation here. With this limitation in mind adding the above described feature is very very important since currently there is not built-in way to see how much space of the 10 000 limit you actually occupy. The only way I found out on Windows OS is to select a song in that "Your Music" songs section, then press Ctrl+A (select all), go to a text editor (I use Excel), paste the copied songs (Ctrl+V) and finally scroll to the bottom and check on which row you are (row number = songs count).
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Currently, folder creation is limited to playlists. This makes the "Save to Your Music" functionality within Spotify unusable -- a major drag when the only alternative is to save albums as playlists, creating album v. playlist ambiguity within the navbar (see attached image.) Proposed solution -- as a Spotify user, I should be able to: create folders within the “Albums” tab of "Your Music." nest "Albums" folders within one another. drag-and-drop "Saved" album objects into the folders within "Albums" section of "Your Music." I wrote about this scope in more detail here.
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The Roku app has lagged behind other Spotify apps for quite some time. This hasn't made much of a difference until "Your Music" was rolled out. I spent quite a bit of time remving my album playlists and saving them in my music instead. Now I can't access those in the Roku app.
It would be great to have a my music tab in the Roku app instead of the Playlist tab.
Also the search interface could use a lot of work, but I'll save that for another idea.
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Hi good folks
This is my shoutout to see if there is an interest to add a new feature:
A "CHECK LATER" section where you can drag and drop artists, albums, playlists or news/notifications - and then you can go back later and check them out, listen, save, add them to lists or whatever.
As there sadly is no "open in new tab" feature in Spotify, I miss the possibility to do something like this when I am looking for something specific, and discover something else on the way..
This could be similar to "add to queue" feature, but just be a dump of stuff I want to look in to at a later time.
As I am very interested in notifications, and they now are nearly gone, it is increasingly difficult to do snooping and searching, and multitasking is becoming to hard, as I have only a back/forth attempt to my findings. Stuff I find on the way is either forgotten or lost.
I unfortunately have limited storage in the top section of my head, and need to divide things out in time.
When browsing, the additional CHECK LATER menu on rightclick etc would facilitate adding artists, playlists, profiles etc quickly, and one wouldn't have to add loadsof songs etc one haven't looked into yet, to a playlist dedicated for this. It would be much smoother to add this way. It could also be possible for friends to send tracks etc to another friend's CHECK OUT section.
Items in this section could be sorted like in SEARCH, with groups of Artists, Albums, Playlists, Profiles etc.
Please consider something of this nature?
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I just got a Roku for Christmas, and I'm loving everything about it, except the Spotify app. As soon as I seen the older Spotify logo, I knew it wasn't up to date, but wow...it's really lacking.
1. Add Radio - If you want your users to discover new songs, this is pretty much the only way to do it from within Spotify, yet you can't. As a result, users are forced to go to a competitor to find new songs, leaving Spotify in the dust. This should have been in from the beginning.
2. Add "Your Music" - People have albums that they might like to listen to instead of in a playlist...and making a playlist for every album is just a hassle. This is about as important to ensure it gets added as Radio.
I know I speak for other Roku users out there when I say that those two features alone will help drive users away from being basically forced to use a competitor when on their Roku, which might even drive them to ditch Spotify all together.
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There should be an easy way to make 1 or multiple selected songs from Your Music available offline.
Songs under "Your Music" should have an availible offline option. In the current state songs you "save" are not actually able to be downloaded unless you do it individually which creates an added hastle. The way to get songs to automatically download before was when you would simply "Star" them and make your starred playlist availible offline. It just seems silly to come out with this great way of sorting your music but requiring the music to be in a playlist to quickly download several songs.
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I would like, to see the ability to shuffle multiple playlists (your own or followed) and albums (saved). The idea would be, to have a place, to access them both at the same time.
I think a "Shuffle All" button under "Your Music" would be a great place to add this feature. When it's pressed, a column of the playlists and a column of your saved albums would show, with check boxes. After checking all that you want shuffled, you would press a shuffle button centered above the columns. There may be another way, of having a "Shuffle All" option, but I think, this is the best way, of accessing both playlists and albums at one time. I guess that the playlists and albums could be listed in on column, instead; one could be listed on top.
Also, once the playlists and/or albums have been selected and played, they should stay selected, for the next use of "Shuffle All". Changes can me made, at any time, by the checking and unchecking of a box. This feature would not affect the shuffling of individual playlists or albums, and the same with shuffling an individual playlist, or album; it should not affect the "Shuffle All" feature. I know this feature would broaden the use Spotify and excite a lot of users.
Also check out, this great idea: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Playlists-Followers-To-See-and-Add-Same-Local-Files-Back-To/idi-p/1278606
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NOTE: This is a repost as the previous thread was closed (https://community.spotify.com/t5/Closed-Ideas/Your-Music-Remove-items-in-the-Recently-Played-list-permanently/idi-p/1170469) Current implementation: Items in "Recently Played" list are hideable via the menu button. However, these items come back when you reconnect the device to the Internet (or log into Spotify). In addition, items that are hidden cannot be unhidden until reconnection to the Internet or relogin of Spotify. Proposed implementation: Replace "Hide" funciton with a "Remove" function. Removes the item permanently (across all devices that is logged into the same account). "Hide" function can remain as long as there is an option to unhide these items instead of reappearing after reconnecting to the Internet or relogging into Spotify. Additional idea: Remove all Played History, does the same as removing an item, but to all items. Previously this idea got 34 votes, can we get 100 votes this time round?
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In the most recent spotify update, any catagory of music except for "Albums" and "Artists" has been removed. "Artists" now only shows the artists you follow, and "Albums" now only show full albums that you have saved (so if you have one or two songs saved in that album, it won't show up there). There is currently no way to change this back to the old layout, and this is inconvenient if you would like to see your entire library under "albums" and "artists." Spotify should, consequently, either return to the previous layout or add an option for these two tabs to organize your entire library. This will make it far more convenient for Spotify users to access their library, as well as listen to music from specific albums or artists without being forced to listen to the entire discography of an artist or an entire album if they do not wish to do so. Attached belowis an image the new layout for reference.
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The idea has been submitted before at least twice and become inactive. Perhaps it's time for a resubmit.
For anyone who has litened to artist radio or simply played (or shuffle played) an artists collection through, if that artist includes commenatry albums - you now have dry speaking mixed in with your music.
Yes you can make a playlist for each artists and exclude the comentary albums - but why should you have to? Spotify is for music. If you're going to add other forms of audio, users need to be able to filter it en masse. What if you decided to add audio books and found that tracks from those books turned up in term searches and played. Users would not want this - yet this is exactly what happens with commentary albums.
Just try playing Jack Johnson. Click to play the first track - you think you're going to have a nice chill time with an endless loop of balads and laid back guitar, then - all of a sudden you get an entire album of commentaries - which sound like they were recorded on a dictaphone.
This is not a music experience. My guests raise their eyebrows and laugh, thinking I had recorded the tracks from the radio or something. I get up from the table or unlock my phone and hurriedly press skip. But the next track is also commentary - in fact there are 12 of them.
Now what if every artists decides to release a commentary track for every song - it's cheap and easy and might earn them a few extra quid. before long every second track on Spotify is commentary. I'm sure you will you do something about it then. Why not do it now?
If the labels submit the albums without any distinguishing variable that you can use to filter them, then you wil need to keep doing what you do - reinvent the way music is distributed and consumed. Simply require that commentary tracks be tagged as such and allow users to exclude them. Personally I don't ever want to hear a single commentary track on Spotify. I'll bet the majority of users would feel the same.
Spotify is the music you would have had to buy on CD, streaming seamlessly if you pay your premium membership - no adds, no DJ chit chat, just music --- oops and commentaries.
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Hej - Do you listen to music while browsing the Discover area like me? Do you sometimes Save an album to listen to later? Might you see an article on your favorite blog about an album or Artist and go to Spotify to Save it and listen later. Hey, wow, me too! You know what would be awesome? Have a little notepad area attached to the Saved Album or Playlist to jot down a few notes. Kinda like - "Josh recommended this while we were at the CHainsmokers show at the FIllmore" or "Saw great review of this in Rolling Stone, writer said it was cross of Frank Sinatra and The Jam". Help me get this feature on Spotify so my mangled memory can get just the right know in the head to remember why I wanted to listen to that obscure album.
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I would love to be able to augment the normal phrase so it automatically shuffles the playlist, artists and all. I am tired of wanting to hear something and always hearing the same song first til I make it shuffle and then skip that song.
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I never expected to have to post this but the new Spotify update has outraged me so much I'm forced to bring my issues up here, in the hope that Spotify will do something about it. The new update has done nothing but send the app (both desktop and mobile) backwards and has just become less accessible as it no longer works in the way you expect a music player to do so. Firstly, no longer being able to view your saved library songs by artists is something that baffles me. I've always got to the music I want to listen to this way and it was a great way to shuffle all saved songs of one particular artist. Now you choose which artists to follow and that only takes you through to the artist page. Also now when you save an album to your library you can only access them through the albums section. All the songs within the album aren't added to the song section. Like, seriously. You save the album, but not the very songs that make up the album. Therefore if you want to access the album in both places you have to save it as an album, then save each song individually as well. Don't fret though as the albums you saved before the update are still in both sections. But, wait... If you want to remove one of those albums from you library, the songs will remain and you are left to remove each one individually. Lovely. This is all before I've got to the specific issues with the mobile app (for me Android). Another side-effect of the change to artists in your library you can no longer download all the saved music you have under a specific artists. So you have to download each album/song. It's also really hard to navigate to specific albums/songs you have downloaded - so there's that as well. Want to filter your library down so you can get to exaclty what you listen to? Well you can't do that any more. As much as I've ranted in this I really just want the old Spotify back. I used to use it everyday without fail: in work, at home, on the move. All the artists, albums and songs I love so much all easy to access on the app. I've been more reluctant to use it recently as it's just not accessible any more. It seems it's been angled more for those who create and listen to playlists - which is not everyone. For the first time ever I started to look at what other options I have available in terms of accssing and playing music. I really hope I don't have to move elsewhere and that Spotify sort this out soon.
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