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Playing incorrect version of song through Google Assistant


Playing incorrect version of song through Google Assistant






Pixel 3 XL, Google Home

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My Question or Issue

When I ask for a specific song using the Google assistant, I get a song with the correct title, but not the version I want or expect. The version I get is not even near the top result when I search for it in the app.


For example, if I ask for "Concerning Hobbits" the version I want is from the Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack, which is the first result. But what I get is a live version from the "Fantasymphony" album, which is the 8th result on the song search list.


Why doesn't it play the top search result for a song when I ask for a specific song?

22 Replies

That's hardly a satisfactory solution and certainly not a workaround. Ridiculous suggestion. Even if I search for "Indestructible" by Robyn in Spotify, the correct album version is at the top of the list. Great! However, if you ask Google Assistant to "Play Indestructible by Robyn," it plays to the Acoustic Version. Are customers expected to create a playlist of every conceivable song they may want to hear the correct version of and then request it from said playlist? Silly. The results need to be prioritized/weights or whatever term you use internally.

Hi Jeremy. We are a couple for years down the line now. Has there been any progress with this? I am still getting terrible results when asking Google Assistant for songs on Spotify. Wrong artists, wrong songs, cover versions, live versions, acoustic only versions. And the 'workaround' mentioned above is not acceptable to me, as it completely defeats the point of asking Google to play a song for me.


Can you explain why the way Google assistant requests from the Spotify server is "different"? It seems like it is a design fault to not give the results we would expect from simply typing in the search bar and selecting the top option. And I know that Alexa doesn't have anywhere near as many issues as this.

I'm a Spotify Premium customer and can confirm this happens all the time. Just tried playing Jingle Bells and it played some weird version with a guy singing in a weird way that attempts to but is not funny. 

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