Spotify needs your help testing Line-In--their new metadata crowdsourcing platform.

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This is a quote from the Spotify Community which will probably interest some Last.fm users, so I copied & pasted it here as well:

"We need your help testing Line-In--our new metadata crowdsourcing platform.

Line-In is a tool that allows our most trusted fans and music lovers (like you) to suggest edits to the information we have about artists, albums, and songs on Spotify. This will help improve, extend, and confirm the data describing music - which will in turn help us improve experiences for Spotify Users and the Artists creating the music on Spotify.

To help us test this tool please click on the SIGN UP botton below. The first 150 to sign up will get access."

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Spotify has finally opened their new Line-In tool today for users who wanted to participate, see this moderator posting. After logging in, you should see something like this:



It seems that you can still apply in that thread if you want to help. You can also click on the links inside the tool for What is Line-In? and FAQ.
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Thanks a lot for writing this here! :)

It's been my biggest dream to be able to edit and improve Spotify!

I usually don't check Getsatisfaction really every day, but luckily I did yesterday!

I didn't use to check Spotify Community more than once a year, but now I will check it (and Getsatisfaction and Line-In) every day, 365 days a year!

Yesterday I started to systematicly go through my last.fm Library (first my artists in falling order) at Line-In.
I've just finished my Top 500 artists, answered 6 Surveys and made 675 Contributions in total.

I haven't made much difference yet, but I've reported that 2 artists were the same artist.
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You're welcome, so obviously you could login with Line-In. Some people on the Spotify Community thread report login problems, maybe they will fix that soon. Keep in mind that the tool only serves for collecting user suggestions and is not actually editing their database. So it is comparable to suggesting corrections on the old Last.fm site where you could fill in correct names.
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Yes, I had trouble logging in first, but I told "erichie" and he/they fixed it.
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This would be interesting if you could suggest corrections to titles, but sadly that doesn't seem to be the case yet. Their FAQ does address that, though:
There are often times when a track is misspelled or contains extra messy information. Sometimes, these problems also affect album titles or artist names. 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. Please be patient while we build a nice interface to gather this kind of feedback and get it to the right people.
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The interesting part is that the tool is available to all Spotify users now without restricting access to 150 or so early subscribers, and that you can post about your issues with the tool or with Spotify's way of handling things in a new board now, e.g. using hyphens instead of brackets for added information.
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Yes, I'm not saying it isn't interesting; Of course, it's nice that they're taking user input! Hopefully they'll add in track title corrections in a future update. :)
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Re: "using hyphens instead of brackets for added information" and this quote from Spotify's FAQ that Katy mentioned:

Issues like this are the responsibility of our content partners to correct

This is basically them passing the buck, though.

Take a look at this thread on their forums about swapping back to the classic and widely used style of parentheses, but here's the pertinent part (I've underlined the hypocrisy):



So basically Spotify is saying "we can't do anything because we can't change the info the labels give us", except the stuff submitted to them is based on THEIR OWN Style Guide.

All Spotify needs to do is change their Style Guide to include parentheses and these record label submissions would ALSO include parentheses - just like almost all digital audio files have since they were first created and shared.

For example, on iTunes.
Or Discogs.
Or Amazon.
Or GooglePlay.
Or MusicBrainz.
Or 7Digital. 
Or any official upload to YouTube.

Except Spotify don't want to do this just because they want to be awkward and be needlessly different - I can't think of any other reason. Seriously.

As such, it would seem we/Last FM will need to fix this our end as Spotify have officially zero interest in ditching their hyphens.
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Are we going to be able to correct these stupid remastered tags if we use this tool?
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Not yet. See my comment a few posts up.
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Thanks for a speedy answer! Here's hoping that these remastered tags will FINALLY disappear.
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Can anyone in this context explain the meaning of explicitness vs. offensive?
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Explicit would mean "dirty" lyrics (such as swear words) whereas "offensive" might mean, basically, something you wouldn't typically find appropriate for children. So the song My Neck, My Back by Khia, if I recall correctly, the chorus of that doesn't have swearing but would likely be a "yes" to that question.
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Censorship. What the...?
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It's so they can set the "Explicit" label on tracks. Publishers are supposed to label this on submission to streaming services, but inevitably they sometimes forget.
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Thanks for your help! :)
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thanks for mentioning Line-In. I did not know about it, but loving it.
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Line-In has been shut down by Spotify about three weeks ago, please read and/or reply in this support thread:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Line-In/Shutting-down-Line-In/td-p/4557664/

Errors should be reported with a support form like before Line-In was introduced:

https://support.spotify.com/us/article/how-do-i-report-a-content-error-on-spotify/

See also this FAQ if you are an artist with your music on Spotify:

https://artists.spotify.com/faq/popular#how-do-i-fix-problems-with-my-song-or-album-titles
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