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If a local file is FLAC, the artist name repeats with a semicolon

If a local file is FLAC, the artist name repeats with a semicolon

Step 1 - In settings, "add a source" to include the FLAC files (mine are from bandcamp purchases)
Step 2 - Go to "your library" and check the added FLAC files. The artist name appears twice or more.

- I checked the local FLAC files & the artist name only appears once each in the fields "contributing artists" and "album artist". I tried updating the album artist field to be empty but still the same
Example screenshots
Repeating artist name in the Local Files -
Properties of FLAC file -

This is making scrobbles inaccurate. Please take a look.
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Hey @yule,

Thank you for reaching out to the Community.

We appreciate your report regarding this issue. To start investigating it, would you mind checking if it happens with a FLAC file different than "The caretaker" to see if it makes any difference?

Also, it would be great if you could check it using a FLAC file downloaded from a different source. This will give us a better look at the issue. 

Lastly, include in your next response the OS version of your device and the Spotify version you're currently running. 

We'll be on the lookout.  

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Hi, thanks for the reply.


I have over 500 tracks from different artists and albums in FLAC format that are added to Spotify. They all have the same issue. But they are all from bandcamp. So, I tested two albums I have from different sources and one of them has the same issue but the other doesn't


I attached the examples. The details tab looks the same for all.


Bandcamp example - Be Forest

Other examples - Ichiko Aoba and Big Blood





My OS version is


Edition Windows 10 Home
Version 21H2
Installed on ‎18/‎3/‎2022
OS build 19044.2130
Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4180.0


Spotify version is Spotify for Windows


I have had this issue for a long time though 😁


Hey @yule,


Thank you for the provided examples!
We've forwarded the info to the right folks and it will get looked into!
However, we cannot provide you with a specific timeframe in which the changes can get implemented.
In the meantime, make sure to keep your app up to date 🙂

We'll get back to you if something else is required!

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Hello. I am on my computer. There is a problem in which when displaying my local files on Spotify, it incorrectly displays the metadata associated with the original file. The file that i'm trying to import is a FLAC file. Maybe that has a problem with it? When transferring files to my galaxy S9, viewing local files, it works perfectly fine. The artist names are not repeated, photos of albums are present and both do not disappear outright. plz help?







Computadora con Windows 10

Operating System

Windows 10

My Question or Issue

Al momento de agregar una canción de mis archivos locales desde la aplicación móvil a las canciones que me gustan, si esa canción es de formato FLAC, se podrá reproducir con completa normalidad, pero al momento de querer escuchar el mismo archivo desde la aplicación de escritorio, simplemente aparece como si no tuviera la canción en los archivos de mi PC, sin embargo, sí está efectivamente el mismo archivo en la carpeta de mis archivos locales. Y si intentas escuchar la canción desde la playlist automática de los archivos locales en la aplicación de escritorio, sí se puede, solo que el nombre del artista aparece 3 veces, y la canción no aparece carátula.

No fuí capaz de adjuntar imágenes directamente, por lo que pondré un link.

Carpeta de Google Drive con 2 imágenes útiles:


Some update to this problem?
It's very annoying.

Almost one year since the original post and what? I still have the same problem.

Same problem, you still didn't fix this after 1 year. When will you fix it?

OP here. After a while my suspicion is that the names are duplicated when you have added that particular album before. I noticed that the albums that I had way back in my old old old PC are the ones with duplicated artist/band names. Every time I change PC and add those albums again it duplicates one more time. Or when I change file location and had to add back again. The new albums that I added recently only from the current PC have no duplication issues. Spotify might be holding onto some kinda of cache for this.


Has anyone else noticed this?



Spotify doesn't care at all about local files and fixing all the issues that it has, it's very sad that we STILL have issues as annoying as this.


I just deleted the contributing artist field for each song. Worked for me.

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