Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Spotify is letting users fix inaccurate music info

Spotify is letting users fix inaccurate music info

Using the desktop app, users can access a new feature called Line-In by clicking on the three dots next to songs, albums, or artists, and selecting "suggest an edit".

"Listeners describe music in different ways, and understanding that information will help improve, extend, and confirm the information that describes music on Spotify", a Spotify spokesperson explained to Variety. "We hope to better understand how Spotify listeners interpret music, so that we can improve experiences for both listeners and artists". The service, like most of its competitors, costs $9.99 per month for an individual plan or $14.99 per month for a family subscription accessible by up to six users.

Users can offer edits on a variety of data categories, including explicitness, genre, aliases, languages, mood, tags, artist roles and external URLs.

The tool is now only available to desktop users, and is accessible by clicking on the three dots next to Artist, Album or Song, then choosing "Suggest an Edit".

The company said this is its first venture in Africa. Suggestions will be vetted, and users' metadata recommendations will be ranked based on the quality of their past submissions. The goal is to leverage the wisdom of the crowds in correcting and expanding Spotify's data over time, which could give it a competitive advantage against rival services like Apple or Pandora, for example. The leading streaming music provider remains Spotify, which has 71 million paid customers for its premium service. The company revolutionized the music industry with its iPod and iTunes products although as consumer trends shifted towards streaming and Apple fell further behind, most realized it was just a matter of time before Apple offered such a service.

And this month, it revealed in its F-1 filing with the SEC that it had amassed a total of 200 petabytes (about 200,000 terabytes) of data about music and the way its users access it.

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