Just to clarify, the recording is the same. The addition of the explicit filter is the change that will have been made by the artist, Once you remove the old one from your library, you won't be able to reach it again through Spotify unless you paste in the specific link.
I'm having this problem too, mostly with albums I downloaded onto my iPhone to listen to offline. As I listened I added songs to playlists (which are also downloaded), then tried to remove the downloaded album from my phone afterwards. This seems to be when the duplicate album appears.
Sometimes I already had some songs from that album in playlists and for some reason it's added the downloaded album as a separate album rather than combining them. Other times it's because there's a standard album and a deluxe album and I've inadvertently added songs from both albums to playlists, so I have to make sure they're all from the same album then remove the extra one from my library.
Is there any way to stop this happening? I'm at the stage where I think I should just listen on my phone and only edit on my computer because it's causing too many problems and taking too long to fix.
I would just like to add that I would be thrilled to see this fixed too, and preferably retroactively to already-saved songs if possible. In case it can lead the tech-guys to the "right" solution to the problem, I will explain why the phenomenon is a problem for me personally:
I use the Discover Weekly playlist, Similar Playlist and other such features to discover new music. When I hear a song I like, I add it to one of a number of playlists (usually categorized by something like genre, or how much I enjoyed the song). The Discover Weekly playlist always avoids all tracks that I have heard before, but other methods of finding new music (like the Similar Playlist) do not always do this. So if I were to listen to (for instance) a Similar Playlist (generated from one of my existing playlists), I would hear many songs that I have already heard before; in fact, most of the songs in such playlists are songs that I have heard before (or duplicates as described in this thread). I would like to first remove all of these songs from the playlist, so I have a playlist with only "fresh" songs. I do this buy saving all songs in my "main" playlists, so that I can tell if I "have" a song by seeing if it is already part of my library or not (i.e. has a cross or a tick-mark next to the song title). Then, I remove all the songs that are already part of my library, from the playlist.
However, since a lot of my saved songs are in fact duplicates as described in this thread, they do not appear as part of my library; and so I have to actually listen to each song and try to remember if I have heard it before. This is time-consuming and discouraging.
I know, mine is a somewhat convoluted system, and the resulting problem might seem minor; but I'm doing my best within Spotify's questionable playlist system, and these duplicates are making some very obvious and extremely useful categorization schemes impossible. Again, I would really appreciate it if this was fixed (or, alternatively, if Spotify's categorization system was improved in some more fundamental way).
I have this problem, too. Already noticed it a couple months ago but didn't really mind then and forgot it shortly afterwards.
But now, as the Top Tracks 2018 playlist was generated I stumbled upon it again. In it were many songs that seem to not have been saved to my library (probably because they were links to songs in new versions of the albums), but when i search for that exact album in my library it shows as saved.
For example this album by the Offspring:
"new" version which is also listed on the artists page:
I know its not that important but I when I go to the artists page I want to see which albums I saved without unsaving all the old ones and saving the newer versions again, mostly because it would take a long time to go through my library and check every album for new versions. Just going to the artists page and saving everything again without going through my library wouldn't work for me either because than I'd have the songs two times in my library.
So glad to see this brought up. I have been having this issue for quite some time. For me the issue is problematic because I will go to a favorite artist's page, and see none of the songs in thier top 10 checked. After checking the songs and putting them in My Library, I end up with two versions of the same song because the album I HAD checked is no longer displayed or listed. Probably not a big deal for most users, but I will be hitting the 10,000 song cap in short order and will need to spend time removing duplicate songs just to make room.
Not sure why it's so hard to make the "albums" have different URL's, but the tracks within the albums all linking to the same URL. If the track is the same with no remastering or updating. It should only have one URL.
I‘m glad to see I’m not the only onw having this problem. For me it‘s especially annoying since I have to replace all the songs in the playlists (and I have a lot of playlists) and I can’t even see which ones I have to replace (I just guess). I hope Spotify finds a solution
Thank you for bringing this up, it has been driving me insane for a while. My music "collection" is chaotic because in my mind songs were randomly being "unsaved" so I just kept saving them again. I have a lot of songs and sometimes I forget what I have and get pleasantly surprised when I "shuffle all". Now every time I open Spotify there are no pleasant surprises I just feel angry and stressed as **bleep**. Lol. I don't mind if music is being "reuploaded or replaced by the artist", I just want my copies replaced too so I don't have to deal with this **bleep**. Bye Felicia.
This has been happening to me alllll the time for at least a year and is super frustrating. I listen offline on my phone by default, so I like to save full albums and put them on shuffle. Usually what happens is I notice my song shuffle starts playing the same artist/songs over and over (which is another issue entirely) - this prompts me to search for an album I haven't heard in awhile and most of the time I'll find that a bunch of songs have been removed/unchecked from that album, while other albums in my downloads are showing as duplicated. Why does this happen out of nowhere without me editing anything?