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[All Platforms] Consolidate duplicates

It would be nice if Spotify can recognize identical songs to avoid duplicates in your Liked songs and playlists.

 

This is pretty common for songs released first as a single then within an album.

 

For example, 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.

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Comments
UndeadWaffle101

Is there no way to overwrite the metadatas with songs that have the exact same info as the duplicates so this issue doesn't happen? It's so annoying especially since both versions are still technically on the app. Lately there have been so many times where this has happened to me where a song or a FULL ALBUM I know I have liked shows up in a Daily mix or the AI DJ but shows I don't have it liked. I go to the artist, see I have the song liked but that this is another version of the same exact song again. This issue is clearly not "Solved" and I feel like it should be a priority as it makes Spotify seem a bit amateurish of a platform.

 

This is such an annoying and bad bug especially if we have premium and download the songs because this means Spotify may play the non-downloaded version of the song using our cellular data and playing at a lower quality. Not to mention re-liking the song can result to duplicates of the same song in your likes or just removing the history of when you either first liked it or discovered it, putting it back to the top of your likes.

 

Additionally, if there's a "deluxe" version or alternate version of an album, Spotify should take a note from competitors books and make it so there's just "one" version of the song so it likes all versions of that song into one. Utilize the database and metatags, identify songs from an artist that have the same name and just merge them all into one. Make it smart, use the technology like you are for the DJ!

 

It's such an annoying bug and I'm so tired of this happening over and over again for years now and would love if it can be focused on a bit more. Thank you. 

NekoJash

I would love to see this implemented. I have so many songs as duplicates in my playlists.

mw0

The duplicate tracks/releases are a huge issue on Spotify. It's particularly frustrating given the fact that Spotify is clearly dealing with it on their end (by consolidating the play counts), but they're not dealing with it on the user end. This leads to so much confusion when trying to determine if I've already "liked" a song. If I liked a song on one version of the album, that needs to be represented on whatever version of the album is currently appearing. This is a music platform, we need to be able to organize our music libraries without worrying about an album being re-uploaded multiple times to Spotify due to whatever's going on with the distribution side of things. It's really terrible design.

Chaosrider1

They don´t care. Hasn´t been fixed till now.

phts

Here is an app, which can find liked tracks/albums which do not exist anymore, and let you at least fix them manually.

https://github.com/phts/spotify-phantom-liked-tracks

For example it found:

 

> [https://open.spotify.com/track/3HzWxmvpQU3QHQ59zw1X4V] Black Sabbath - Heaven and **bleep** - 2009 Remaster
! Track "Heaven and **bleep** - 2009 Remaster" belongs to the album [https://open.spotify.com/album/0Dj2B19o99FcJii6aPvMTr] which does not exist in the artist [https://open.spotify.com/artist/5M52tdBnJaKSvOpJGz8mfZ]
! Possibly suppressed by:
   "Heaven & **bleep** (Deluxe Edition)" [https://open.spotify.com/album/4a5cLDpHPzyFkJs8DnzRNQ]
   "Heaven & **bleep**" [https://open.spotify.com/album/46gHYWaRr052RGEiL5Dg7T]

 

 

Welcome!

hiro64

Sad that this remains a problem more than 10 years after a few of the comments here!