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What does it mean when a song is labelled as "Content not available"

What does it mean when a song is labelled as "Content not available"


Premium Student


United States


Lenovo ThinkPad

Operating System

Windows 10


My Question or Issue

I've been trying to get a specific song to play for weeks now, and I only managed to get it working once a couple days ago, and don't even remember how. Emo Boy by Ayesha Erotica shows up in searches on both Spotify desktop and mobile. However, it is unplayable, as everytime the track is tapped or clicked it shrimply says "Content not available." If it's not available, why does it even show up on the site? I don't even have it in any playlists yet.

On a semi-related note, why do some artists and bands not have their full works available on Spotify? A while back I could find The Summer Breeze and Ampersand by They Might Be Giants just fine but they are both now completely missing from the site, not showing up in searches, with the only trace of them left being a greyed out The Summer Breeze in one of my playlists. I don't have any issues finding most other TMBG songs, new or old.

1 Reply

Welcome to our community! I will try to briefly explain some reasons:

When a song is labeled as "Content not available" on Spotify, it means that the song is not available to be played on the platform. This can occur for several reasons, including:

  • Licensing issues: Spotify has licensing agreements with various publishers and record labels, and some songs may not be available due to these agreements.

  • Copyright issues: some songs may have issues with copyrights, which prevent them from being made available on the platform.

  • Regional issues: some songs may only be available in certain regions of the world due to licensing restrictions.

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