I totally agree. Many have also voiced their unhappiness at various social media blogs and at Facebook groups. In fact, I am seriously considering closing my Spotify Premium account and joining another music provider such as Pandora or Amazon.
Here is what I sent to Spotify's Facebook, the Spotify Community, and Spotify Cares on Facebook:
"I am a long time Spotify Premium member. I am very unhappy about the the recent intrusion of politics and into Spotify. I joined Spotify for the music and only the music NOT to be in "solidarity" with any one social cause or group. If this policy continues you will leave me no option but to cancel my Spotify account and join another music provider. I also know that I am not alone in feeling this way as similar complaints have been posted on social media. Stick to music Spotify. It's what you do best. You have already alienated a sizable percentage of your members."
Hate to inform you but it is not only on Spotify (which has now added podcasts for 'educational purposes' ...yeah right. Cough Brainwashing) but also Amazon, Apple Music, likely Pandora and Tidal which are the big ones. If they are owned by a major media conglomerate or celebrity (like Tidal) then you can bet they are pushing it as well. The only way these tech and media companies ever get it is if we take away their funds which we are now starting to see happening. But they don't care because after all, they are paid to promote this nonsense and sew racial division.
I'm still seeing it -in fact they have now added a 'Get Educated' category pertaining to the same subject. It will show under the home screen. They seem to want to educate people to become radicals. The average person is not racist and does not sit around thinking about this type of stuff but we know this is all being done deliberately. It shouldn't even be a question anymore.
They are doing it in the US where I am and my friend in Argentina says they are promoting it there. He tells me race issues, while they happen once in a great while, are really not a prevalent issue where he lives. So again the question remains; Why would you push this in other countries unless you were trying to help foment an uprising or make it an issue? Seems like virtue signalling to me.
You think this is the only place to voice your displeasure with Spotify? Are you that naive? Frankly this is the worst place. It is being censored, I have had posts removed, and most folks are emailing directly to Spotify headquarters, email@example.com, and/or discussing on the blogs. So do what you want, think what you want....Spotify made a serious blunder. Your flawed arithmetic is of no interest to me.
I immediately unsubscribed. I have high moral standards, and Spotify's support of a threatening, violent and seemingly racist group violates these standards.
A better alternative than MP3s is free music. Soundforge has the same problems as Spotify and cannot be used. Arguably, large parts of the commercialized music business is corrupt as well.
I suggest you give Jamendo a try. All the music there is of high quality, so I don't spend time OCD'ing my way around all the garbage. Press play on any artist, and it's good, benevolent music no matter the genre.
The exact opposite of the vicious playlist Spotify shoved into my face.