[All Platforms][Your Library] Crowdsource the duplicate albums and songs problem

A serious Spotify problem, shared with other services, is how poorly duplicate versions of songs and albums are managed. There are many different (re)releases of what is apparently the same album. Also, the same song can appear in many different albums/compilations. Spotify largely fails to understand all these different versions of albums and songs as being duplicates. Meaning that:

 

  • Existing features do not work reliably
    • Liking songs
    • Disliking / Blocking songs
    • Liking albums
    • Exploring the music catalog
    • Song popularity indicators
    • Skipping duplicates when adding songs to playlists
  • Proposed features will not work reliably
    • Tagging songs and creating dynamic playlists
    • Song play counts
    • Alternate modes for Discover Weekly, Radios and other discovery features
      • Show and play only not-played songs
      • Show and play only not-liked songs
    • Comparing libraries between friends

More detailed problem descriptions:

  • Songs I have liked are often not liked within any album with the same name on the artist page, nor within the list of top songs on the artist, nor radios I play, nor my own playlists. Making me add it again and again ending up with tons of duplicate liked songs.
  • Albums I have liked are often not liked on the artist page (Same exact album name)
  • Albums and Album-Songs that I liked on the Artist page are no longer liked when I look at the Artist page a(day, week, month, year) later because the album displayed on the Artist page has been replaced by a new version.  
  • The same song turns up again and again in top songs for an artist
  • Duplicates of disliked/blocked songs keep playing, turning disliking/blocking songs into a game of whack-a-mole.
  • Often the songs in top songs, or radios/playlists, for an artist are not from any of the album versions visible on the artist, but rather links to some some sort of zombie album release not accessible in any way except through the link from the song. So I like a number of top songs or radio songs for an artist and minutes later view the same songs in an album with the same name as the song I liked but this one is not liked.
  • Avoiding duplicates in playlists does not work reliably. So I have playlists full of duplicates.
  • The above problems mean I end up with a ton of duplicates in my liked songs. And thus, when I add songs to playlists by selecting all liked songs from an album/artist or similar the playlist ends up with duplicate songs

Spotify badly needs to implement a strategy for handling this, such as making one version per album and song preferred and making sure that their interface consistently use these preferred versions everywhere by default, automatically migrating all a users Liked songs and playlist songs to this version whenever it changes. The user should only need to see this horrible mess if they want some very specific version of an album/song. Then some way of opening the doors to this pandora's box can be provided. Like a "See all releases" link when you open the preferred version of an album or song. Combined, perhaps, with the option to lock liked songs and playlist songs to this specific version.

 

However, it is a huge burden for a company to manage this data and the choices made may be controversial. This is likely to be why it is still not fixed even though doubtlessly Spotify is well aware of just how big a problem this is.

 

For a single company managing this data is prohibitively expensive, for the community of tens of millions of users doing so is a trivially small amount of effort. So here's my suggested solution to all these problems: Crowdsource it. Let the users mark different versions of albums and songs as duplicates of each other and possibly vote for which one should be the preferred version. The user would simply paste in the links to other songs or albums into a "Report duplicate" function on a song or album. This would remove the immense burden of managing this data from Spotify employees and, if voting is implemented, makes it very hard for users to complain about which version is preferred. It would be a democratic process among all the users.

 

I think that solving this problem first could be a huge competitive advantage. I have already posted this as a suggestion to Tidal as well. Please get moving on this Spotify if you think it a good idea, or you might miss the boat.

Updated on 2021-06-09

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Comments
horekuk
Music Fan

THIS IS DRIVING ME INSANE!!! I'll search for a song I KNOW I liked A WEEK AGO and becuase of reasons (there's a change in something, publisher or whatever, or just terrible coding), my likes are seemingly gone, they're there! But they're on a different version. WHYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY?

 

And if I like the songs on the new version, I now have two versions of the same song across two IDENTICAL albums, GREAT. I have to go back to the "old" version and unlike that.

 

I swear to god Spotify's engineers are CHILDREN. Or monkeys. 

 

(Repost from similar issue thread)

AnD7801
Regular

In web player it used to give a warning about duplicates. But now i noticed it doesn't. And i have added a lot of duplicate songs to a playlist. And in the web player (which is the only ok player for the now second largest os Chrome OS) you can't select multiple songs to delete, or order songs to find them, so it's a bad situation.

mleclerc224
Music Fan

I'm soo glad I'm not the only one having issues with duplicate songs 😅 I figured I wouldn't be the lone wolf in this but you never know...I'm a premium user on android and it's been like that for awhile..I have to go into playlists and some of my playlists have too many songs - -' so I have to reach to the bottom to remove the duplicated song from said playlist 😒 attached is a pic reference concerning adding "Lady Marmalade" by Patti Labelle and same song but the artist name is "Labelle" & having to remove one of them from my playlist one time cause it was the same song but the artist name is slightly different

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P.S. this post better get kudos so it can be seen....lolol 

asavagecomposer
Newbie

This seriously needs to be remedied. Can't believe you guys have been around this long and have still failed to address this. Though I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, as it did take you nearly a decade to make liked songs unlimited...

slipstream422
Regular

I have the same issue so I created website, www.spotifyfinder.com, (it's open source) that has a set of tools to help you organize your Spotify playlists and everyone is welcome to use it.


- Use this website to find duplicates (and remove them) in your Spotify playlists.

   Search across your playlists for a duplicate songs/tracks.
   Search individual playlists for duplicate songs/tracks.
   When searching for duplicates you can:
        match on Track Id for exact matches.
        match on Name/Artist/Duration for very close matches. (handles same track different URI)

- Use this website to see if a track from an artist is already in one of your Spotify playlists.
- Use this website to see where a particular artist appears in your Spotify playlists.
- Use this website to move tracks to another playlist.
- Use this website to copy tracks to another playlist.

It would be great to get some feedback on whether you found this website useful.
www.spotifyfinder.com

Thanks,
Slipstream422

yeahitscharlie
Newbie

@slipstream422

Thanks, but no thanks. That is not the problem described in this thread. 

Jacob
Community Legend
Status changed to: Good Suggestion

Updated on 2021-05-20

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Luan
Rock Star 14
Rock Star 14
Status changed to: Closed - Not Enough Votes

Updated on 2021-06-09

Hello!

Your idea has been submitted a while ago but unfortunately hasn't gathered enough kudos. In order to keep an overview of the active ideas in this forum, we will close this idea for now. However, this does not mean that your idea has been declined by Spotify.

If you still feel strongly about your request, we encourage you to post your idea in a little different form again! Maybe now is the right time to receive the support of our community for your suggestion!

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