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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 😉

Dear artist, if you are not on Spotify, you don’t exist

spotify_logoLately there has been some discussion about Spotify and how much artists get money from Spotify plays. Is it even worth being on Spotify if you are either a successful artist or a so-far-never-heard-but-desperately-wannabe-artist?

Well, to put it shortly.

Dear artist, if you are not on Spotify, you just don’t exist.

And why is that?

Spotify is the perfect “tool” for finding new music. Back in the 1900s there was this thing called radio that was quite useful for finding new artists and music. Well, finding new artists who were already popular enough to get some airtime on radio. But it was totally ruined by playlists and “hit music only”-attitude. What if you are into some more obscure music genre, for example death metal or avant-garde rock? Sorry, there was no radio station for you. Radio was quite useful at the time, but I really don’t know what happened to radio stations after internet came to everybody 😉

Also, back in 1900s, there were all these music TV channels. One of the most popular channels was actually once upon a time called MTV for Music Television. But a long time ago it turned to reality TV channel where ancient rock stars are collecting dog poo (Ozzy, I love you) or pregnant teenagers got their fifteen minutes of fame. But even if there still is some TV channel showing music videos, who would be watching them? On short attention span internet age? Who would wait for one week for the special show that shows your kind of music when there is Youtube? And the death metal-avant-garde rock fans favourite music would not be shown on TV anyway. So also TV is quite obsolete for younger generation for finding interesting new music.

But now, we are in the 2010s. You know, even school kids have smart phones with video capabilities. And of course these streaming music services, like Spotify. It is just so convenient to be able to check out some music you’ve never heard and find something new. Some artists that I have found through Spotify are for example Mastodon, Opeth and oh.. The Who. Yes, the CSI band. Those young angry men. How could I have ever found those bands, if I had not been able to check out their music the way I wanted to, when I wanted to? Sometimes even by accident when clicking at the wrong link.

Yes, I have a cd collection. I have even bought cds from bands that I found on Spotify. But my cd collection is basically collecting dust. Spotify is everywhere I go. And how could you, as an artist, become a little part of my cd-collection if I have never heard about you. Basically, if you are not on Spotify, you don’t exist. I will never find out about you.There are some bands that I would love to listen to, but I won’t. I have your cd:s but yes, they are covered in dust. Yes, AC/DC and Rammstein. You are not on Spotify. You don’t exist anymore. Metallica and Led Zeppelin, thank you for making the wise decision of joining Spotify. I missed you so, it is great that you are back in my life.

So if you are an artist and you think that you gain something by NOT being on Spotify, I think you should think again. As far as I am considered, you don’t exist. I never hear your music, I will never come to see your show, you don’t get a penny of my money.

By the way, who is Taylor Swift?

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?