Windows 10 PC, iPhone 8, iPhone SE 2020
Windows 10, iOS
My Question or Issue
I use Spotify to listen to music. I enjoyed some podcasts in past, but I do not really like them on my main page. If you also stop listening to them, you are still stuck with them no matter what. You listen to 1 sec of a certain podcast by accident (for fun my Girlfriend selected German The Sims 4 podcast which we do not even understand as we do not speak the language, yet now it is forever in my recommendations). I listened to the new Obama's podcast for few minutes and found it not so entertaining as I do not follow US politics that much anymore, yet here we are, forever stuck with me. Spotify is like "YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO MORE PODCASTS!!1!1!" yet I'm not really interested.
Below you can see my recommendation on my Win 10 Spotify App on the main page. I see nothing but Podcasts and I have to do some scrolling to get to the music I like to listen. Why?
Here you can see the same situation on my phone. It is the same, I have to scroll down to see the music I enjoy.
Worst of all? After 5 years of using Spotify I'm seriously considering swapping my family account to competition as Apple Music is not forcing anything you do not like onto you (at least I started my free trial yesterday and so far so good).
I understand that Spotify acquired multiple Podcast companies and they want to profit from their investments, but pushing Podcasts that much is in my opinion anti-consumer and you might loose paying customers because of it. Yes, your userbase is huge, but MySpace and Nokia used be huge, until someone better came on the scene and did it right and people liked it.
I have few ideas. The simplest would be to separate the Music and Podcasts again. I do not know why did you decide it is a good idea to mix those two together. If you are hardcore podcast listener you will appreciate Podcast section where you can browse according to the categories, look for news, lifestyle, tech, cars etc. Music listeners like me will have their own section again and everyone will be happy!
More hardcore solution would be to allow users to customize their Home Screen. You like something? Add it to your home screen. You do not like certain recommendations? Simply remove them. You can adjust your algorithm to adjust the recommendation based on our likes/dislikes. Also where did the dislike button go? I really enjoyed clicking certain genres or artists as dislike so it is no longer recommended to me. Nowadays I'm stuck with what the playlist gives me and I have to skip to next song if I do not enjoy what is playing.
Thank you for listening. If you have any advise I will be happy to talk about it. If I will stick with Spotify I'm seriously considering to request Spotify to delete my whole account so I can start fresh. So all the stupid recommendations are removed. But that is solving the issue.
Thank you and have a great day!