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Reporting wrong song names to Spotify is useless

Sometimes you notice a broken song or album name in Spotify. Have you ever thought that you may want to report it to Spotify? Of course you thought. But it is pointless. Spotify does not care about wrong song or album names.

I have reported wrong song names several times to Spotify and what has happened? Nothing. The wrong song names persist. Wrong song names are not just an annoyance, they can be really distracting. You want to find a particular song? Well, impossible if Spotify has messed up its name.

Well, I’m not just complaining about song names. I am telling you how to report wrong song names and I use this as a kind of “you’ll see, reporting those to Spotify is pointless” post which I will return to later to check that “haah, so I reported those song names in February and they are still not fixed.” Or maybe they will because instead of just reporting them, this time I also wrote this blog. (You know, when I wrote a blog post about Spotify, for example about not having some artists in Spotify, things usually start to happen) ;-D

So how do you report wrong song names? It is quite well hidden in Spotify web-pages, but here is how to get there. At the bottom of the front page there is About link and that page has link to contact form. And on that page is link “I want to report a broken song or wrong song information.”

As a case study on “Reporting wrong song names to Spotify is useless”, I’ll report a typo in Impaled Nazarene song Coraxo form their album Ugra Karma. Sometimes I found myself wanting to hear this jolly tune, but search for “Coraxo” returned only the live version of the song and some other songs with similar names. Searching for the album Ugra Karma gave the album as the result but I was surprised to find that the song was there as it should be, but mistyped as “Coraxi”.

So here it goes, report on wrong song name.

Coraxi is just wrong

Coraxi is just wrong

Shortly after sending that, I got an email confirmation, “We just wanted to let you know that we’re looking into your query and we will get back to you as soon as possible.”

Let’s just say that I’m not holding my breath 😉

Why does Spotify break my playlists?

Diary of a madman

Sometimes when listening to my favorite Spotify playlists, some song just stops playing. You wonder what is going on, you album name of the songand everything looks ok. The album where the song originally appears look correct, the song is there on the album. You click on the song on the album page but the song is not played.

But then you search for the album and notice that there is now yet another remastered rerelease and the old release has been just somehow disabled on Spotify. So you have to replace the old song on the playlist with the new one from the latest rerelease.

Now it happened with Diary of a madman album by Ozzy Osbourne. My playlist just stopped working with the Diary of a madman songs. Annoying.

Sometimes in these situations you get the “chain” icon next to the song name on the playlist. In this case the “substitute” for the song is available and automatically handled by Spotify so the playlist works ok (well, in some cases the substitute version of the song is not exactly what you had wanted but that is not so critical). But this does not seem to always work.

Why? Spotify please. Why do you break my playlists?

A modest proposal for the Formula 1 noise problem

This year there has been two hot topics Formula 1. The noses and the noises. The nose-topic has of course been about the ugly noses. And it does not mean that Alain Prost has made a comeback, it is the noses of the 2014 cars that are considered ugly. Well, I guess I could drop that word “considered” from that sentence, because they really are ugly.

The other issue has been the noise, or the lack of noise. And this is what I am really writing about. The noise of Formula 1 cars has been really big issue this year. Because there is no noise. The cars just hum along on the track as the new spec engines just… THEY ARE SO DAMN QUIET! Some people are even complaining that the F1 fans are being ripped off because they don’t get permanent ear damage at the F1 races anymore.

This all sounds (pun intended) a bit silly. But having experienced the brutal noise of a F1 race (only once, back in 2004)… It was really something special, you just sort of felt the power of the cars. That sound is not really captured on TV. I claim that my little pocket camera with its simple video recording capability somehow captured the raw sounds of F1 better than the TV broadcasts. So I sort of understand the disappointment caused by the new cars.

So here is my modest proposal for getting the noise back to F1. Lets take the loudest heavy metal band in the world, Manowar, and offer them the job of being the “Formula 1 house band”. They would play at every F1 race, during every practice session, qualifying session and of course during the race. PA would broadcast the thunderous sound of heavy metal as the F1 cars hum quietly on the track.

Nobody would anymore complain that there is not enough noise. Problem solved.

Photo by Sergio Alcántara is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Manowar – The Formula 1 house band?