Yesterday, Spotify on my PC desktop updated to 220.127.116.11.g6bd7cc73. I use multiple playlists and have them nested in folders. A feature I love and use often is the ability to double-click the folder, and Spotify will randomly play songs from all folders in the subfolders.
There are a lot of songs/albums unavailable on Spotify, and I have those in a subfolder. These will play randomly just like any other subfolder in the playlist folder.
Starting after the update to version 18.104.22.168.g6bd7cc73, I am getting weird local file behavior with last.fm. When Spotify is playing one of the local files, it shows up in last.fm just fine, so the API is sending the proper data. However, when the song ends, about half the time now it does not actually scrobble. It is as if it is not sending the right information through the API at the end. Some songs work, some do not.
It does not seem to matter if Spotify recognizes the song or not. I tried playing a Scorpions album unavailable in Spotify, and half the songs scrobbled to last.fm and half did not, but each and every one showed up on the last.fm page while playing. Only after the song finished did it either disappear or log correctly.
I tried an MP3 that was not even a real song to see if it mattered if Spotify recognized the song or not. It does not matter. That made-up entry logged on last.fm just fine. Songs that logged just fine the day before now will not log. This feature has worked perfectly for over a year.
It does not matter if the local file is in a folder that Spotify can see or set in a folder that downloads local files. The behavior is the same, about 50% chance of success.
On my iPhone, using Spotify version 22.214.171.1242, the local files still work as perfectly as they ever have. You can see the song playing and “scrobbling” on last.fm while it plays, and when the song ends, it works using the phone. If I switch back to the desktop and try the same songs, it does not work.
This is not the same as “offline song playing”. I have an internet connection. I can play local and streamed songs back and forth. The streamed ones log perfectly every time; only local files are affected.
I have also posted about this on the last.fm support forum, and other users are seeing the exact same behavior. It is not limited to my installation.
Please get this fixed! Spotify’s seamless integration of streamed, local, and last.fm is why I chose it as my streaming service.
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Thanks for bearing with us! We can confirm this has been fixed in the Spotify version 1.0.77.
If anyone is still having issues with scrobbling, we'd recommend creating a new thread.