It's great news that Spotify has removed the 10,000 library limit for songs and albums, but what about artists? If you follow more than 1,000 artists, the artist section of your library becomes incomplete and unusable and it breaks the follow buttons on artist pages. You should be able to follow an unlimited amount of artists too.
In early 2019 the artists section of library was updated so that only followed artists would now show up in the section. Following artists worked just fine before this and it had no impact on the library. Ever since early 2019 when the new updated library system rolled out on desktop and mobile, the mobile app and desktop app "artists section" only shows some of the artists I am following. However, on the desktop app it shows I am following 2,300 artists like it's supposed to show when I go to my Spotify profile, but when I go to a lot of those artist pages in the mobile app it shows that I am not following them like it does show I am following them when I view the artist pages on desktop. There seems to be an issue with the mobile app having a separate "followed artists" database than the desktop app uses when going to the artist pages to see if you follow them. Another issue is it seems the library "artists" view doesn't show all of the artists you are following. If you count them you'll see a lot missing and it's less than the number shown on the "following" list when you go to your Spotify profile page. Artists that I have saved music from are not showing up. I only follow artists I have saved music from. So it isn't a problem of the artist doesn't show up because I haven't saved any music from them, I have saved music from them. Support wasn't very helpful solving this for me either when I contacted them several times. Using a test account I was able to reproduce the problem. So "artists" library section and artist pages on mobile only recognizes a small amount of followed artists and if you try to follow a new artist in the mobile app it doesn't save it. Solution for now is to only manage artists (follow and unfollow) using the desktop app. If you go to an artist page in the mobile app and follow it, Spotify will show you are following that artist, but when you restart the mobile app it's gone. Have to follow/unfollow artists from the desktop app. The artists library section and artist pages in the mobile app are not functional right now for people who follow a few thousand artists. Can Spotify please allow unlimited following of artists in library too and not just songs and albums? Following a few thousand artists means only some of them show up in library and sometimes will show you not following them when you go to their artist page.
Originally posted here:
TL;DR: If you follow more than 1,000 artists, some artists you follow won't show under "artists" section in Your Library in the desktop and mobile apps. The follow button on artist pages in the mobile app becomes broken. So even if you follow an artist, the mobile app will show you are not and it won't save any new follows. Solution is to only follow or unfollow artists using the desktop app.
It's confusing to explain but hopefully you understand what I'm talking about. The screenshots do a good job at showing what's going on.
Screenshots below (note: this happens to many artists not just the one shown)
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I am definitely seeing improvements to this issue! It's not quite 100% fixed yet though. 🙂 🎉
Keep in mind some Spotify users are using the stable versions of the apps and other users are using the alpha/beta versions of the apps.
Users of the alpha/beta versions of the mobile apps will generally see fixes before the users using the stable mobile app versions. So the current fixes that are out are not yet out to all users just yet. That's why I didn't want to rush out with my findings over the last few weeks just yet, but I will post the details now.
(Tested in desktop app version 1.1.61 and current web player version)
UPDATE: Following list on profiles is back and working again (if you follow more than 1,000) but no change. Still limited to 1,000 in the count and can only view 1,000 in the list. What was the whole point in removing this for about 1.5 weeks? Hope to see improvement here too.
Checking in: It's now January 2022 and the desktop app and web player are still capped to showing 1,000 "following" count on user profiles if you follow more than 1,000 artists / users. When opening up the following list, it doesn't show all of the artists and users you follow either.
Everything else listed in the original bug report is working fine.