The Swedish streaming platform Spotify is known to many music lovers in most countries of the world. It has many positive aspects, which attracts both artists and ordinary users.
But not everything is so clear. Few people think about the negative aspects of using the Spotify service, given the popularity of this music platform.
But users inevitably face them, and for some, these disadvantages even become a reason to use another music streaming service.
- Spotify’s music recommendation system is far from perfect, despite the announcement by the service’s administration that artificial intelligence is used to create it. In practice, it can be very difficult for users to get optimized music recommendations.
- Spotify’s newest radar isn’t perfect. While this feature is marketed as a creative innovation by Spotify, users actually get access to a very limited number of tracks. Moreover, not all tracks are “fresh”. Some are over a month or two old.
- The functionality of a music streaming service is far from the same in different countries of the world. For example, residents of the United States of America, who pay about $10 per month when using the basic premium plan of the service, get access to the full functionality. And users from India, who pay many times less for the same tariff plan, respectively, get access to greatly reduced functionality. Therefore, the comfort of using Spotify largely depends on the country in which the user is located.
- The fact that there is no unique artist ID is also very annoying for users. This leads to the fact that the work of any other artist working under the same pseudonym automatically gets into the user’s playlist, which is not only confusing, but also causes negative emotions.
- The imperfection of deleting and sorting tracks in playlists also brings users a lot of annoying experiences.
- Most of the artists who make money from music streaming are very unhappy with the amount of royalties they receive from Spotify. It should be noted that the bulk of the profits go to record companies. For example, if a track earns $1,000 on Spotify, then the service itself receives $300, the label receives $700, of which only $140 is given directly to the artists, and $560 is kept for itself. Total profit of artists is only 14 percent.
- Poor sound quality of audio content in the free version. The same can be said for the basic premium version.
- The Spotify service does not have a dislike function. It should be said that most music streaming services have a feature that will prevent negatively rated tracks from getting into playlists in the future.
- Blocking an artist in playlists will not allow avoiding the inclusion of his tracks in playlists if they are created in collaboration with other artists.
- Spotify does not have an established effective connection with the Google search engine. This factor is very annoying for Google users.
So the Swedish streaming company Spotify is not as perfect as it might seem at first glance due to its popularity. There is still work to be done.