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Spotify wants you to fix its bad music data

Spotify wants you to fix its bad music data

Similar to rivals Apple Music and Deezer who already operate in Israel, Spotify will charge NIS 20 per month for a premium subscription. Now, they've launched a new feature which allows its users to add information to song credits.

"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 said.

Users can offer edits on a variety of data categories, including explicitness, genre, aliases, languages, mood, tags, artist roles and external URLs. There's even an option to select what kind of mood the song is.

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"Issues like this are the responsibility of our content partners to correct, so our only recourse is to send the issue up the chain and ask the label or artist to resend the metadata". The surveys are presented as multiple choice, with "none of the above" as the default selection and an option to skip questions you don't know. Last we heard, Apple just last month noted that Apple Music had 36 million subscribers, which is to say the company's streaming service saw a 5% bump in users in just about four weeks time. "Sometimes, these problems also affect album titles or artist names".

Though there are some comparisons to a service like Wikipedia, which also relies on user contributions from editors, Spotify says Line-In is not a wiki, but rather a crowdsourced editing tool.