[All Platforms] Consolidate duplicates for liked songs

It would be nice if Spotify can recognize identical songs to avoid duplicates in liked songs.

 

This is pretty common for songs released first as a single then within an album. If you like the single one, the UI will not show the song as liked when you browse the album. And if you like the song in the album, you'll end up with a duplicated version in your library. This also happens a lot for songs that you listen in Daily Mix or Discover weekly. If it's not the exact same song you have already liked before, the UI is inconsistent and you can save a duplicate.

 

Apparently, there is already an internal merge mechanism as the play counter is not split between the different versions of the songs. Maybe this can also be used to consolidate the UI.

 

 

Repost of https://community.spotify.com/t5/Closed-Ideas/Your-Music-Remove-Duplicated-Songs/idi-p/4546787 which didn't get enough kudos.

Updated on 2019-09-26

Marked as new idea, which is a repost of this inactive idea.

Comments
Visitor

Theres already a web app for this if it helps. Heres the link, it works great.

https://jmperezperez.com/spotify-dedup/

Gig Goer

Generally I like this idea. However, imho this should only work if the single and album version are really the same. Oftentimes, either the single or the album are some sort of extend version. Also, this recognition is heavily based on how Spotify stores identical songs.

Rock Star 24
Rock Star 24
Status changed to: New Idea

Updated on 2019-09-26

Marked as new idea, which is a repost of this inactive idea.

Rock Star 14
Rock Star 14

Yeah, it happens to me all the time, then later I realize that I have twice the same track in the Playlist so would be nice if Spotify helps us with this.

Visitor

This would help a lot. I sometimes search through playlists for new songs. I will listen to whatever is not liked by me. A duplicate song gets added. Later I can sort my list by name and remove them again, but I stopped doing so, since it just leads to listening again to that song in another playlist. If you could create somethink like a link/relation to other identical songs, then you could show song properties from the one user liked/added properties. If both liked then does not matter, just show current song property, if none exist then properties from any linked identical song. Album/logo/picture does not matter for me, as long as same song.

if connection is too hard then try spotify at beginning middle and end of songs, or allow users to mark/connect with songs with exact same length.

Music Fan

Sometimes an album is "shadowed" by another album of the same name by the same artist in Spotify (different publishers). 

 

I figured this out when I noticed that my liked songs were not visible when opening the Album from certain elements in the Spotify GUI. 

This album: https://open.spotify.com/album/2b1FnOpvqqMY6B3mAA7R6r

Is shadowed by this album: https://open.spotify.com/album/3zTgTkuv0Qnd2MOREf2jXl

My liked songs (the hearts) only appear in the first album, which is only accessible by following the links in the "Liked songs" list. That album is not present under the artist page. I would of course prefer if the hearts were present in both albums. 

This is far from the only example. 

edit: I cant seem to hide the album previews and only post the links. But the IDs for the albums are 2b1FnOpvqqMY6B3mAA7R6r and 3zTgTkuv0Qnd2MOREf2jXl
Music Fan

Sometimes an album is "shadowed" by another album of the same name by the same artist in Spotify (different publishers). 

 

I figured this out when I noticed that my liked songs were not visible when opening the Album from certain elements in the Spotify GUI. 

This album: 2b1FnOpvqqMY6B3mAA7R6r 

Is shadowed by this album: 3zTgTkuv0Qnd2MOREf2jXl
(prepend open.spotify.com/album/ to see the albums)

My liked songs (the hearts) only appear in the first album, which is only accessible by following the links in the "Liked songs" list. That album is not present under the artist page. I would of course prefer if the hearts were present in both albums. 

This is far from the only example. 

(edit: this comment was made when the above comment was flagged and removed, I figured it was cause of the album art)

Music Fan

Another example is these songs
1: open.spotify.com/track/0zE6MtmHERIAJyZw9FKDbo

2: open.spotify.com/track/5Qwf8ygKOkgdo7q6cON6pL

 

I have liked the first one, but I cannot see the like when browsing anywhere but in "liked songs" since it is shadowed by the second song. 

Since the second song has replaced the first, i think the like should count for both. It's the same song...

More examples:

1. open.spotify.com/track/2YnAzEAUw5acfAa4dYdDED
2. open.spotify.com/track/0sRLz7TXZ6DA8NRn2xCdKG

Newbie

Not just liked songs, but anything playing.  I'm so fed up with putting an artist on shuffle, and hearing the same song twice in a row multiple times because it was on a regular album and a "greatest hits" album or something like that.  Every song that has a duplicate always plays back-to-back every time, completely defeating the very purpose of the shuffle feature.  This happens on playlists and on artist listen.

Casual Listener

This is a very useful feature. Looking forward to it.