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Spotify & "Song Radio" is Essentially Just an Echo Chamber & Doesn't Breed Discovery

This hasn't always been the case, and I don't know if this has to do with the amount of time I've had my Spotify account or if something about the algorithm has drastically changed - but whenever I start a radio based off a song or artist (which is with the intention to find a NEW artist or NEW music that is related to the song/artist I'm starting the radio off of) it just creates essentially a playlist of music I've been listening to - and not even within the same genre off the song.


I've realized that I haven't found any new artists or any new music, and just continuously listen to the same things over and over again which is quite depressing. The point of the song radio or at least how I use it is to discover new artists that are in the same realm of the artist I'm listening to, and I think you all at Spotify are putting everyone - artist AND listener - at a huge detrimental disadvantage by having it go that way because then there is no discovery for new artists and there is no way for listeners to get into new music without scouring the platform instead of giving good recommendations based off your algorithm. More than anything I want to be able to discover new artists based off song radio, not just hear the same songs I've been listening to. If I wanted to listen to those songs, I would just continue to listen to them. Especially since maybe when I start a song radio off something that is midwest-emo/indie, it'll still play hyperpop/rap in the same playlist which are two completely different genre's and moods.

Updated on 2021-06-15

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It’s absolutely crazy that this had enough votes to be considered in 2021(!) and it is still an ongoing issue in 2024, THREE WHOLE YEARS LATER. When I go to the radio of a song, I want to listen to songs that are similar to the song I started a radio based on. Not just all the same songs I’ve been listening to, that are in no way similar to the song I started a radio based on! I can start a radio based on a rap song, and the next 3 songs are country. This used to be one of my favorite features and you guys have completely broken it. It is crazy to have so many dissatisfied PAYING users, and instead of address complaints that are THREE YEARS OLD, you guys instead put out new shitty “features” that no one asked for and that pisses off your paying users in a whole new way. I’m not sure if you think you won’t lose paid subscribers, but you are very wrong, and as someone who has had a paid subscription for 10 years, I am strongly considering canceling my account and switching to another music service if this continues, and I know I am not alone in that sentiment. How about you try listening to any one of the many suggestions you’ve already been given by your paying customers in this community alone, instead of trying to come up with new ways to alienate and kill your user base. 


When I select an "artist radio" I want to hear all the songs that are similar to that specific artist. I don't want to see or hear songs that are similar to my liked or recommendations. I simply want similar songs.


EXAMPLE: OAR Radio shouldn't have Lone Bellow in my playlist. 


Song radio is no longer the feature it claims to be, instead of playing songs relating to the radio I choose, I am met with what is essentially my on repeat playlist but slightly worse.


If I want to find a song that is similar in taste to the current one I am listening to, then the song radio should reflect that. Keep my on repeat and song radio separate please.