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iPhone 5S & Windows PC
iOS 10 & Windows 7 & 10
My Question or Issue
Why are albums seemingly re-uploaded to the Spotify database with what looks like no changes what so ever?
The result is an unorganised collection of music that is saved across multiple locations i.e. Library and Playlists (and in some cases downloaded) but is not the same as what is available on Spotify's side so users run the risk of saving or even downloading the same track or album twice if they don't pay enough attention.
Below is an example of what I'm describing and what the effects can be if not checked/noticed.
It's worth noting that this is not a case of artists releasing an "updated" or "extended" version; it's exactly the same album.
What is going on?
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Thanks for getting back to us @Magic_13ananas and sorry for the delay we've been checking this out with the guys backstage.
It looks like the duplicate albums are appearing when an artist has reuploaded their music to Spotify. When an old version is removed, the original URI starts redirecting to the newer version but it looks like in some cases this is duplicating the album instead.
We'll pass this onto the right team to take a look at. Just as a heads up, they'll be unable to go back and correct the current duplicates in your library, but hopefully they can look into it to stop it happening in the future. In the meantime, to correct your current library you'll need to go through an unsave any repeats. It shouldn't matter which one, as they'll be linking through to the same place.
Hope this clears things up! Any questions, just ask 😊
We appreciate your feedback regarding duplicate albums appearing in Your Library. We've looked into this carefully, and we'd now like to provide an update.
Several users had reported an issue whereby removing one of the duplicate albums in Your Library would remove both of the saved albums.
We're happy to report that this now seems to be fixed, so that removing the duplicate album should no longer remove both saved albums.
Users had also reported an issue regarding duplicates of songs appearing when saving songs from Daily Mix which did not register properly as being saved to Your Library - this is also now fixed, as reported here.
Regarding the duplicate albums themselves, we just wanted to confirm that this is expected behaviour: artists will sometimes decide to re-upload an album, however, because the new album has a different URI, saving it again will mean that you will end up with ostensibly the same album saved in Your Library.
(Note that this is different to instances of artists who have duplicate albums appearing on their Artist profiles - you can see how to report such issues here).
If you would like to make a suggestion for how this functionality could be improved, e.g. by suggesting a feature which could solve this, you can do so by submitting an idea via the Idea Exchange. This is the best way for us to gauge the relative popularity of different ideas among users.
We hope this clears up some of the queries that users have been having regarding duplicate albums on Spotify.
If you do have any further questions, we'd love to hear from you! Make sure to start a new thread in the Accounts help board here and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.