Virtually every service I pay for online pulls this **bleep** - "we've removed funtionality that you value from the service you pay for and there's nothing you can do about it, but 'community input is something we truly value' ". Sure it is. The only input these services value is the input from my bank account.
Well there can be some arguments made that if the implementation of Line In made it difficult to process edits, - at the end of the day it's also a piece of software, and depending on its workings it may be impractical to provide fixes, when what is needed is a complete rewrite.
Obviously this is speculation, there may be entirely other reasons for it.
The point still remains that we need a way to report incorrect metadata, and to have these reports actioned.
@marius Re: "when it comes to crediting people..." that's completely fair. In that case, it was the proper publishing data.
On the other hand, a different example: there's a Summoning track called "The Passing of the Grey Company". On Spotify it's currently listed as "The Passing of the Grey Companh" - in this case it's definitely wrong, as it doesn't appear this way anywhere else.
Last.fm has introduced a simple "is this correct? yes/no" system for artist, album & song names, so it's reasonable to assume there's at least some automated, algorithm-based stuff at work there. Mind you, as people scrobble from their own libraries and a number of other sources, Last.fm probably has a lot more data sources it can analyze in order to determine what's right and what isn't. Spotify may not have this option. But the point is that there are things they can do even if human resources are limited to individually moderate and assess community corrections/suggestions
@ItsPurgle that's great, thanks for posting it. This path should have a lot more visibility since Line In has been retired, - otherwise we'll keep having 10-page threads like this one :)
When there's a dedicated community, some of the most important things for them are a) that they are being listened to, and b) that their time and effort contributing to this community are not wasted. I hope whatever Spotify does is genuinely guided by these principles.
There's another function I used Line-In for: you can not select type in the app, so I would go to Line-In so I could select the artist name or piece and copy the text for search purposes. I listen to primarily classical, that often has very long names and "song" titles, and if I decided I'd like to purchase something, I'd select the type from Line-In to help me find the music for purchase. It was also handy to see what label the recording is from, which is not always apparent from the copyright credit. Many classical recordings appear on multiple labels, and if I read about a specific recording, it's sometimes hard to figure out which one I've found on Spotify. Sure, thisn't what it was designed for, but it was functionality I found useful, so the service I pay for is now less useful to me. Minor for sure, but these things have a habit of multiplying.