Not all of my Local Files are syncing / locking to the corresponding Spotify file.
I fully understand the process required to add local files, and I've successfully added 1000+ local MP3s to Spotify synced / locked them to the corresponding Spotify file through mid 2018. This post is about trying to add 5 more files this week.
Ultimately, the issue is:
Synced local files are working fine on my Desktop AND Phone in some cases, but in other cases they are ONLY working on my Desktop. Below, I describe all of this in detail.
I will illustrate this successful use case:
JAY Z - Black Album (2003) is not licensed for use on Spotify. However, I own this album, and I have imported the files locally by placing them in the correct directory and pointing Spotify to this in Preferences.
Although Spotify does not have a license for this record, it does have its files here:
These files are obviously not playable, but, since I own the album, I added the corresponding MP3s locally. Therefore, when I personally click the link above, I can play these files without any issue on my Windows 10 Desktop App (latest version).
I can even play this album without issue on my iOS Spotify App (latest version). To do so, I made sure to drag the 14 local songs from "Local Files" (underneath "Stations" and above "Videos") and place them in a playlist that I've set as "Download". These files are now saved on my phone, and I can access them successfully through that playlist OR through the link above. These files are synced / locked together. I can even right click the file in the playlist (and in "Local Files"), and navigate directly to the album. This further establishes the sync / lock is working.
This is a successful use case.
I will now describe the unsuccessful use case:
The Movielife - The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem (2010) is not licensed for use on Spotify. However, like the JAY Z album, I own these files and imported them into Spotify. Also, like the JAY Z album, Spotify still has an entry for this album:
Now, on my Desktop, I am able to play that album at that URL. This is expected, because I have imported the files. If I had not imported the files, these songs would not play. This clearly means the files I imported are being recognized by Spotify and working.
However, I am unable to play the album at that URL on my phone; the files are not synced / locked. I have followed the exact same steps as I did with JAY Z (successful use case), but this is not working in this scenario. All song titles, album name, and artist metadata is 100% aligned to what is in Spotify -- this is what allowed me to play this album on my Desktop.
Ultimately, the issue is:
Synced local files are working fine on my Desktop AND Phone in some cases, but in other cases they are ONLY working on my Desktop. Above, I describe all of this in detail.
I will also share that despite the Movielife album playing fine on my Desktop at the URL provided, I am not able to right click and navigate to it via the saved playlist on my Desktop like I am able to with the JAY Z album. This is likely tied to why it is not working on my Phone, but if the sync was severed, then I shouldn't be able to play the file at all through the URL on my Desktop - but I can.
I have tried removing these files and re-adding them, including modifying the metadata, and starting/re-starting Spotify at different stages, but with no luck.
If the JAY Z files sync and play without issue, then the Movielife files should also sync and play without issue. As it stands, however, the Movielife files only partially sync and play.